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    5 bikes!! Need bike rack!!

    Car 2001 Lexus GS430.

    Bikes:

    (2) 29er Specialized FSR stumpy
    1 Cannondale 2010 29er HT
    1 Giant 2011 XtC 2 29er HT
    1 Fuji 29er Comp HT

    I ride with my girlfriend about 60 % of the time, so just normally take 2 bikes. There are occasions when I want to take 3 or 4 bikes.

    Will order this:


    http://www.etrailer.com/hitch-2001_L...&furl=-pm-Curt



    I want this. Problem: Above reciever is 1 1/4 inch. (The only thing for my car). Tounge weight is 250#. Can I get this rack and and just use a 2" adaptor? I want to be safe.

    http://www.amazon.com/Hollywood-Rack...2702395&sr=8-4



    If i cannot get above rack then which one should I go with. The one will carry 4 bikes and the other style will carry just two bikes:

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...=ATVPDKIKX0DER

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...=ATVPDKIKX0DER

    I am open to all suggestions but would like to keep the bike rack under $300. Thanks for the suggestions or info.

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    putting that many bikes off the back of that car is going to be hard on it. If you have the dough I would use a roof rack and hitch rack combo. put two on top as your primary use and two on back for when you want more bike storage. thats what I would do.

    or you can just get a reducer for that rack, make sure to get an anti sway shim for the hitch so that you can minimize the forces applied to the hitch.

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    Thats a tough price limit. I think for 5 bikes you will probably need to combine a hitch rack and roof rack. Or, get the hitch and a small trailer to load the bikes on.
    Grit, spit, and a whole lot of duct tape!

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    I'm starting to lean with a 2 bike platform rack and the 2 bike on the roof rack. I'm just limited by the 1 & 1/4 reciever hitch. Its the only thing that I can find for my car and its only class 1. I think I'll just get the reciever hitch and the two bike rack for now and add the roof rack later. Thanks for helping out.

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    I'm the only one I've seen pulling a trailer, Stupendous man is the first one I've seen mention one, but its a great way to carry your bikes, easy to load, unload, no damage to car, great fuel mileage, inexpensive too.
    I bought this trailer from Harbor Freight, list $179. I found a $20 coupon online, then I removed one leaf from each spring, since I wouldn't be hauling much weight, I moved the center crossmember up 10 inches, that made the tounge longer so the trailer doesn't sway, I put 2x10 wood on for a deck, adding weight to help the trailer stay on the road, it pulls great behind my motorcycle, I've made it up for 2 bikes or one in the center, you could easy mount 5 bikes, 3 forward, 2 towards the back..check it out
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    Nice set up bro. Have u thought about painting it black to.match the bike?. I had one of those and did some serious mods. Back then I had a crap load of wielding eqip. I added three feet to the main bar that connects to the tongue and added two feet to the trailer plus sides and a gate. I wish I would have never sold that thing. Should have taken pics.

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    Under $300 is tough with racks. If I understand, you own 5 bikes, but only want to carry 3-4 at a time?

    If so I would recommend a roof rack with a wide enough bar for 4-5 bikes. One of the nice things, is you could start with 2 bikes, then add as you have money. Having said that $300 won't get you far. You might want to start scouring Craigslist and the like.

    I wouldn't put too much weight on the hitch. 4 bikes sounds like a lot for a 1 1/4 hitch. The adapter will only allow you to use a 2" receiver, but will in no way make the hitch stronger. Not to mention it will adversely affect the car.

    Having 2 on the back and 2 on top is nice, but tough within $300.

    Hope this helps. Good luck.

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    DWDW, helps alot. Have made up my mind to get the two bike rack (platform) on the back and then add the roof racks later. I think I like the versitilay of the roof rack. thanks

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    That trailer kicks ass! Now I need to install a hitch on my motorcycle!!
    Grit, spit, and a whole lot of duct tape!

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    I know this is a bit of a digression, but there are almost infinite possibilities with a trailer.

    This is the trailer we pulled to Moab from Iowa last year. It held 12 bikes and all our gear.
    Grit, spit, and a whole lot of duct tape!

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    Nice!!!

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    This is worth the extra ducketts.

    http://www.northshoreracks.com/

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    The OP already stated that he could only mount a 1 1/4 inch receiver on his vehicle. The NSR-6 is only for a 2" receiver.

    I do agree that they are nice racks, and I had given serious thought to buying one for myself before I bought my Thule.

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    I want to get the Softride Dura. The only problem is that it says its for class 2 recievers (it will fit a 1 and 1/4 reciever and the one I have is 1 and 1/4 but class 1). I can only get a class one for my Lexus, which can hold 250 tonge wieght. I'll never exceed this. Can I still use the Softride Dura with the class one and 1 1/4 inch reciever, even though the Softride dura says that its only for class 2. Any help appreciatied. I am getting ready to pull the trigger on this.

    Here's the bike rack:

    http://www.autoanything.com/bike-rac...x?kc=ffproduct

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    Looks like it should work, if it'll fit a 1 1/4 inch receiver. Like you said, just don't load it too heavy and you'll be OK.

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    Thats what I was thinking too. I would only cary 3 bikes at about 28 - 30 pounds each. Plus the wieght of the rack so I would only have about 125 to 135 pounds on it. The tonge weight is 250. Anyone think this is a bad idea?

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    Quote Originally Posted by crclawn
    Thats what I was thinking too. I would only cary 3 bikes at about 28 - 30 pounds each. Plus the wieght of the rack so I would only have about 125 to 135 pounds on it. The tonge weight is 250. Anyone think this is a bad idea?
    I bought an 1 1/4 to 2 inch hitch adapter,(they are common) went to a local welding shop and they cut out the 1 1/4 and welded in the 2 inch piece...no problems....

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    Quote Originally Posted by crclawn
    Thats what I was thinking too. I would only cary 3 bikes at about 28 - 30 pounds each. Plus the wieght of the rack so I would only have about 125 to 135 pounds on it. The tonge weight is 250. Anyone think this is a bad idea?
    as long as you don't exceed the weight limit of the hitch you should be fine. not sure how much force is applied with 100+ lb bouncing around on the road though.

    The main difference I noticed between class 1 vs class 2 is the doubled up thickness on the receiver.

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    Quote Originally Posted by irv_usc
    as long as you don't exceed the weight limit of the hitch you should be fine. not sure how much force is applied with 100+ lb bouncing around on the road though.

    The main difference I noticed between class 1 vs class 2 is the doubled up thickness on the receiver.
    The rating is for static loads only, not dynamic loading, so no need to consider it bouncing. There's plenty of design margin in that rating too.

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