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    Racks (car) for fat bikes

    I'm in the process of buying a pugs (will have it in a couple weeks), and I'm interested in info. on how people haul their fat bikes. I currently own a Yakima roof system with steelhead fork mount trays and a Kuat Sherpa (wonderful rack, by the way). Both systems have trays that I'm assuming won't accommodate the fat tires. I can always throw the pugs in the back of my truck, but I'm looking for a secure system for longer trips (preferably something that can work with the Yakima system). Info. on adapters, and links to other threads on the subject, if there are any, would be great. Pics would be even better.
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    I have both a Yakima roof rack and a Hollywood hitch mount rack. I use the hitch rack for hauling my Pugs, with each wheel double strapped since the tires sit on top of the wheel tray instead of down in it. One strap is enough in most cases, but the second one helps keep the front wheel from turning and it adds some redundancy to the system.

    For longer trips (greater than an hour or two) I replace the fat wheels with a pair of standard 26" rear wheels so that they'll fit down in the trays where they'll be more secure. This is mostly for peace of mind though, since the double strap option works well if you do it properly.

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    a 1up Quick Rack should be on your short list of choices. These threads should help.

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    I have a Kuat rack. The front tray will hold all tires, including a BFL. The BFL has to be squeezed a bit to get the hook up and over it, but it does work. The rear wheel tray hugs the back tire, but the ratchet strap isn't long enough, so I bungee the back tire in place. My only warning is to keep an eye on the front wheel clamp, the ratcheting system inside the arm froze up once this winter and wouldn't lock down.

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    My bike rack is one that you hang the bike on, Softride Access Dura 4-Bike Rack, and not mount using the fork, so it doesn't matter what bike I use, they all fit. I use the same rack for my road, mtb, fatbike, or even a kids bike.
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    i think you can hack the steelhead. i did this to my yakima:


    pugsley yakima roof rack hack by mbeganyi, on Flickr

    pull the locking release, go to the hardware store, find some components that fit.
    ~$8.00 in parts, 20 minutes of time.
    takes 2 minutes to swap out. just be sure to leave the appropriate wrench and the original components in the car, in case you need them.

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    North Shore Rack.
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    I did the same thing as a few others with a cheapo Acera-X hub. I documented it on Flickr:
    Flickr: bundokbiker's stuff tagged with easyhackrack

    "Keep your burgers lean and your tires fat." -h.d. | ssoft | flickr

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    This one works great for me
    Behind the Tow Ball Mounting 3 Bike Rack

    Not my Fat Bike but my Rumbefish 29er, but you get the idea

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    Thanks for the replies. Glad to hear that the Sherpa will work without any adaptations other than longer straps. As for the Yakima (the rack I generally use for longer trips, since it's on the family truckster), I'll probably find some junk rear wheels and pick up a non-fork-mount tray of some sort.
    smells like cotton candy.....

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    I need a better way of transporting mine......

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    Researched racks and agonized over expense of 1up rack. Got the 1up rack and it flat just works fast on/off, secure, fits BFL's no problem. worth the $$ every time i use it

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    these are tough.

    iSi Advanced 4x4 Bicycle Carrier and Bike Rack Systems

    they withstood the killer corrugations of the Anne Beadell "Highway" with two Pugs on the back.

    Been tot he Simpson Desert and over massive sand dunes.

    No problems whatsoever.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimbslim View Post
    Researched racks and agonized over expense of 1up rack. Got the 1up rack and it flat just works fast on/off, secure, fits BFL's no problem. worth the $$ every time i use it
    ++1

    Love my 1up with my Muk.

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    I carry 2 Fatbacks on my 1up hitch rack.The roof rack is not fork mount. By far the best rack made to date. If you are going to mod a roof rack just get a viper or steelhead.

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    Yakima Front Loader - works on the BFL no problem. I just add a couple of toe straps on the wheels to make sure it stays put.
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    I'm still trying to find a way to get a 1up rack up to Alaska without having to pay the crazy 1$00+ price in UPS ground shipping...fml

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    For the BFL on clownshoes, I had to modify the front wheel holder of the Thule T2. easy enough, just get some vise grips and a welder's torch to soften and bend the plastic outwards. bungeed the rear wheel to the rack itself. Solid.


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    Jordy - THave you talked to the 1up guys directly. I don't recall shipping being that much...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elvis @ Dirt Works View Post
    these are tough.

    iSi Advanced 4x4 Bicycle Carrier and Bike Rack Systems

    they withstood the killer corrugations of the Anne Beadell "Highway" with two Pugs on the back.

    Been tot he Simpson Desert and over massive sand dunes.

    No problems whatsoever.

    Elvis.
    That is an interesting-looking rack. It's the only other one I've seen that I would think about using to shuttle off-road.

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    The 1upUSA rear hitch rack with the new Fat Tire kit is the ticket. I found some pictures over here at: snowbikes.wordpress.com

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    1upUSA with Fat Tire Kit

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    Quote Originally Posted by Valhalla View Post
    Jordy - THave you talked to the 1up guys directly. I don't recall shipping being that much...
    Few months ago I was qouted $130 for a 1 bike model. Not their fault, ups ground is just spendy to Alaska...

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    I'm guessing it'll be ok, but want to be sure that someone else hasn't had an issue:

    A 1UpUSA with fat conversion kit holding a fat Lefty?

    I bought the fat rack adapter, but it doesn't work with my older 1UpUSA racks (from mid-'09), so I need to buy an extra carrier where the fat kit works.
    "Keep your burgers lean and your tires fat." -h.d. | ssoft | flickr

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    I have been using 2 1Ups with fatbike adapters all winter and they work great. I keep intending to take pics but the car and racks have been filthy without a garage and subzero temps all winter.

    I highly recommend 1UpUsa and their racks without reservation. It is the only rack designed for a fatbike and has worked extremely well here in Alaska. Pm me with any questions.

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    I have a 1upusa rack with fat tire spacer kit. Can I haul my skinny tired mountain bike without removing the spacers? Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ianick View Post
    I have a 1upusa rack with fat tire spacer kit. Can I haul my skinny tired mountain bike without removing the spacers? Thanks.
    Yes, I have the same rack and do the same thing with hauling road/mountain bikes. But I do recommend using the velcro straps. I put one the the rear wheel to the 1upUSA rack on the bottom, and the other I use on the front wheel of the bike frame itself, not on the front wheel to the 1upUSA frame.

    Hope that helps!
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    I use a Thule Pro Ride roof rack to transport my Mukluk, the only modification I had to do was to put longer straps for the wheels.

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    I just found out that for my Kuat NV rack, they offer a strap extender for the rear tire. I was using a bungee cord to hold back tire in place, not any more. The ratcheting arms fit up and over BFL as well, so this is a good option for fat bikes. Having the built in cable lock, and the built in work stand is a plus too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by anthony.delorenzo View Post
    That is an interesting-looking rack. It's the only other one I've seen that I would think about using to shuttle off-road.
    I have one of these racks and can say they are the best rack on the market no questions asked here is mine.
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    And folded down to access the rear.
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    Kuat rack follow up

    I posted before that the ratchet arms froze on the Kuat, so I emailed them about it. I got a call from a live person and two new arms at no charge. At the same time I was able to order a set of strap extenders which now hold my fat rear tire in place without a bungee chord.

    Great rack, incredible customer service, has a built in bike stand, built in cable lock, and comes with a bottle opener. What more can you ask for.

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    I picked this one up, holds 2 or 4 bikes. For $190 and free ship, couldn't beat it. To secure my bike I use a cable lock thru the safety chain loop.
    Highland SportWing Aluminum Hitch-Mounted, 4-Bike Carrier - 2" Hitches Highland Hitch Bike Racks 1370400
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    Here is what I did. I can already put six road bikes on the roof but it's to much trouble to lift fat bikes up there especially with the Lefty. I drove 1800 miles last week with my 29er and my 9-0-7 on the rack. Rock solid and easy to use. It took me a few days to make the mod's but I think I could reproduce it all in one day.

    Modifying a Thule T2 rack for Fatty

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    1upUSA FTW:


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    I have a Thule Sidearm roof rack...
    i took off the metal stop for the front wheel, heated it up, and spread the opening up wide enough to fit the tire. right now using a bungee strap for the back wheel, but seems to work fine. tires sit ontop of the metal channel, but doesn't move much at all. \

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    We can second the Thule Sidearm:

    We used a second thule strap kit to extend the straps to wrap over the tires, both front and rear.

    We did not widen the wheel stop bar, however found that by dropping the pressure to 5psi you can squeeze the front tire into the wheel stop. We have done that with up to a Nate so far and it works well.
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    Racks (car) for fat bikes-mloncrv.jpg

    I Have the Yakima Doubledown 4. Holds 4 road bikes pretty well. Probably only two moonlanders though!

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    I picked up a Bell Right Up 2 Bike rack from Wallmart for whopping $150 on a whim that it might work for fatties. What sold me other than the price was that it is specifically made for heavier bikes (up to 120lbs total load) and that it is guaranteed to fit any bike. Well, it did fit one fatty with no mods but I had to change it a bit to fit two because of how wide our hubs are. If you note in the last pic you can see small rolls of foam zip tied to the strap that holds onto the downtube to space the bikes away from each other a bit. It was real easy to do and didn't mess with the stability of the bikes at all. Not that it is really needed, but you'll notice I also lock up the brakes with two sided hook and loop straps on the levers. This thing is super stable when run like this and quick and easy to use!
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    Whatever floats your bike, dude

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    I use a Sarris Bones 2 rack, it works just fine. I'm looking at adding a hitch and possibly the 1UP.
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    Thule sidearm here too....pic of it somewhere but can't find it on my phone...
    Brute force to widen front metal, back uses bungee...works great.

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    Don't buy a rack until you see the Tuff Rack for fat bikes. I got mine today and it is great. I will post photos tomorrow.

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    A little follow up:

    Necro on Kuat NV, as a previous poster mentioned Kuat offers strap extensions for the rear wheel. They are currently on back order so not pictured in this photo set (sorry for picture quality)
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    THoughts on my Kuat here and also here.

    Love my NV. Amazingly versatile, amazingly strong.

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    My customized Thule T2.
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    I used one of my old Thule 591 roof racks. i managed to find some stainless guttering

    Drilled some holes in the rack and guttering

    Then I mounted them on the rack with some button head bolts.



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    Trays from vinyl fence posts

    My buddy had trouble securing his Moonlander on his over-the-bed pick-up rack for a 3 hr. trip so he brought his other bike (we were all disappointed )

    I found vinyl fence posts.
    A 5" x 8ft. vinyl fence post cut lengthwise and then in half will yield (4) 4ft. trays that are 4-3/4" wide on the inside.

    I combined the vinyl tray with the budget-minded Swagman stand-up carrier and it looks like it will work. I needed slightly longer bolts to hold the tray to the stand and I had to replace the hold-down knobs with 1/4-20 nuts, but it was easy. You could also use the knobs with some threaded rod couplings to stand them off above the sides of the tray so you don't need to carry tools. The tray sides are 2-1/2" high, but you likely still need bungees to hold the bike down in case of an accident or rough terrain.

    I mocked it all up with my 29er, but as soon as I get over there to load up the Moonlander I'll post a pic (I have pics but it's too dark in my garage).

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    Try using the 1UPUSA rack. Just ask for the Fat bike kit.

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    I discovered that my motorcycle hitch carrier works great for toting my bicycle around too!
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    ISI Extreme rack here too, had it for about 18months. Probably the best rack you can buy in Australia. Coming in at around the same price as Thule and other but these will last a lifetime.
    ISI now do a 4x4x4 model, its slightly lighter duty that the extreme but it carries 4 bikes and my 2 boys are growing fast so i will possibly have to look at it in a few years time.





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