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    Bike racks

    Not sure if I'm in the wrong forum with this but I could use some input on bike racks that are hitch mounted for my wife's SUV. I need one of the upright racks (not sure what the terminology is for those), and I can't bring myself to spend 500 or 600 Kuat racks. Looking used or chapter new, what do you guys recommend? I'd like something offered in a 2" hitch so there's less 'slop'. What are decent brands or models for two bike haulers I should check out, 300 bucks is pushing my budget as I was hoping to buy a nicer used one but will consider newts well.

    I have never used one of the upright bike hitch mounted haulers so I appreciate any feedback and suggestions here. Both Of our MTB's will be sitting in the rack for a drive from Dallas to St. Louis so I'm worried about them staying put lol

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    I've used a Yakima Holdup for several years. Been very happy with it. Easy in and out with the bikes and I've never been worried about one falling out. 2 bike model looks like it list on their site for $449 and there is an option to add an extension that will hold 2 more bikes.

    Also heard great things about the 1Up rack.
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    I don't think that you are going to find anything made of quality for less than $450 unless it's on sale (and that can happen). Yakima and Thule are to two big brands. Kuats are the next step up.

    You don't want to buy a cheapo rack because it will fall apart and get loose and rattly fairly quickly.

    These have become very popular in recent times:

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    The 1UpUSA is a pleasure to look at. You need to see up close and personal to appreciate the construction and quality. These have my unanimous vote.
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    Ask or search in the Car and Biker forum.
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    Check out the kuat transfer rack. We just got one and really like it. Shop around online for coupon codes and you can pick one up for around $250. We also picked up the lock kit that goes with it for about $30.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cleared2land View Post
    The 1UpUSA is a pleasure to look at. You need to see up close and personal to appreciate the construction and quality. These have my unanimous vote.
    I heard from a friend that there is a concern using it if you have a flat tire, though. That's kind of a big deal.
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    ^^^^^ Interesting...haven't heard that one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cleared2land View Post
    ^^^^^ Interesting...haven't heard that one.
    Well, now that I think about it, any rack that holds a bike by clamping onto or down on the wheels as a means of stabilizing the bike in the rack is going to have issues if there is a flat tire.
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    Yes, the 1 up will lose a tight grip if your tire happens to go flat. However due to the aluminum arms on both sides of the wheel, your bike will not fall out. It will begin to rattle and you'll hear it in the car.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hawg View Post
    I don't think that you are going to find anything made of quality for less than $450 unless it's on sale (and that can happen). Yakima and Thule are to two big brands. Kuats are the next step up.

    You don't want to buy a cheapo rack because it will fall apart and get loose and rattly fairly quickly.

    These have become very popular in recent times:

    1UPUSA.com Bicycle Racks
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    The 1UpUSA is a pleasure to look at. You need to see up close and personal to appreciate the construction and quality. These have my unanimous vote.
    I agree, I'm unaminously voting as well.
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    I'm gonna pile on also.

    I've owned a 1UP rack for about 3 years now. It pretty much stays on the back of the Jeep year round, through NE winters and road salt, and no issues to speak of.

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    I bought Swagman XTC for 2 bike, been over 3 years with no issues. and I ride 3-4 times a week, drive 80mph no problem.
    I paid $190 back then from Amazon, now I think is around $150 or less. check out the review on amazon.
    not as fancy as Kuat or 1Up, but for the price, it works very well. it holds on frame, so I use spongy material to protect my carbon frame, no scratch so far.
    I like it that I can use masterlock to lock it, way more secure than cable lock. I only lock it when stopping by for food or something.
    tips: to put the bike on inside rack, just take off both frame holder, much easier that way.

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    If you go thrifty, you'll eventually upgrade, so what's really cheaper? Swagman followed by a Thule followed by a 1up? But I certainly get cash-flow.

    Since you sound like you're in Dallas, you also probably don't need that weather durability that some of us do, so that's a consideration.

    Anyway, I've always liked Rockymounts stuff and they just came out with a tray rack that you might want to consider. I have no first hand experience, but you might want to add it to your list. $520

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    New to the site,and looking for some help as well.
    Considering buying a 1 UP bike rack for 2 bikes for my 2010 Rav4.
    Hoping someone has one and can tell me if it will tilt all the way up when not in use and not hit the spare tire carrier.
    Appreciate some help.

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    I don't own a Rav4, but a Jeep Wrangler with a 35" (aftermarket) tire on the spare carrier. I'm able to fold the (double) rack using 1Up's hitch extension.

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    You can get a Swagman rack for well under $300.

    A friend of mine got some cheap rack, I think it was Nashbar. For occasional use it is fine.
    15mm is a second-best solution to a problem that was already solved.

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    I have a Swagman Semi 2.0 that can be bought for under $300. It holds the bikes by the tires, and I understand how it could be an issue if you have a flat. But why would you not fix the flat before mounting the bike. It folds down to allow access to the cargo area of an suv, and it folds flat against the vehicle when not in use. It comes with a locking cable and a hitch tightening locking pin as well. Been using this for about 3 years with no issues at all.
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    Agree, does not work at it's best if you have a flat tire. Still better than any rack you hang your bike from, any rack that includes plastic that will eventually break, or steel that will rust. Been using mine for years, on the back of my CRV and there was one time that a flat forced me to put the bike inside the car...but that's why I have the CRV in the first place.
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    I was in the same boat but ended up going with a Kuat. I got the NV 2.0 but I was trying to find a cheaper 2" receiver rack. I ultimately decided that I probably shouldn't skimp on the rack when I have a 20k+ vehicle and a 4k bicycle though.

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    Even if you have a flat, can't you just tighten it down more?
    15mm is a second-best solution to a problem that was already solved.

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    The point is, if you don't know you have a flat, aka a slow leak, your bike could very easily fall out
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    Attach the low pressure tether prior to moving vehicle.
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