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    Bike racks for FS bikes.

    What would be a good rack for a FS bike and also kids bikes as well?

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    Thule T2
    2012 Specialized Camber Comp 29er
    Trek 9800 OLCV, XT upgrade 26er
    KHS Fleetwood
    Schwinn 20" Fastback 5 speed stick shift

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    I use a Kuat NV, and it hauls everything...FS, HT, road bike, CX bike, fat bike, kids bike, etc. Great rack and even better customer service. It's a bit pricey, but worth every penny.

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    The Saris Cycle-On is usually more affordable than the other brands, but it's comparable in quality. Maybe not quite as cool-looking or light as the Kuat, but it's definitely a strong, versatile, user-friendly rack.

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    I was in the market for a rack last year, and I settled on the Yakima Stickup. I wanted to get a Thule T2 or the equivalent Yakima, but the Stickup has that center U-bar that allows me to lock my bike's frame to it. That was the main reason I went with the Stickup. The other reason I went with the Stickup is because it can carry a bike with fenders, which the Thule T2 cannot.

    The Stickup has been a great rack for me. I use a cable to capture the front wheel and fork, and then I slide a U-lock through the cable ends and around my down tube, then around the center U-bar. Of course all that will only slow a thief down--it cannot prevent theft, so I don't let my bike out of my sight.

    The shape of the top tube can be an issue with the Stickup, though. My bike is a Santa Cruz Blur LT2, which has a severely sloping top tube, but the hold down bar settles right at the bottom of the swoop. Now, If you had a bike with a 20 degree down sloping top tube that was straight, then the hold down bar would actually be trying to push the bike forward as well as down. With a Thule T2, you don't have to worry about top tube shape.

    I also use my rack as a bike repair stand when on the road. I put a towel in the V created by the hold down bar and the center U-bar and rest my bike on it, front wheel down, rear wheel up in the air. In that position I can take off the rear wheel. Or I can take the front wheel off and drape the fork over the V.

    REI generally has a Spring and Fall sale where Thule and Yakima racks are 25% off. Plus if the rack doesn't work out for you, you can always return it for a full refund.
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    I've got the yakima holdup 2, pretty solid, heavy (well built) in 1-1/4 receiver. They make a 4 bike version for a 2" receiver... Holds anything from my 29er to kids bikes, plus the 'wheel arm?' can hook into the frame of the bike and lock it down... Retail was expensive, but i got it at an REI garage sale for an absolute steal...

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    1Up USA Quickrack is the shiz.

    I had a T2 and kinda hated it. It's crazy heavy and doesn't fold down any smaller. I couldn't fit it in the trunk of my A4 unless I dropped the rear seat... a major PITA since I have two small kinds in rocket chairs.

    Also, it jacked up the boot on my Lefty fork.

    Aaaahhh... much bettah:

    <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/kYUMY5WdBBbk2v1B9FZ-YNMTjNZETYmyPJy0liipFm0?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-SqwMsmhqTIk/T2aunWQGjVI/AAAAAAAAbJg/HC5pL0nZcx8/s800/IMG_2954.JPG" height="600" width="800" /></a>

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    Yeah, I have a thule T2 and they're pretty good and Thule has good support but the arm that presses down on the wheel has a POS mechanism that can be a pain to deal with. When I get it secured there's no problem but you have to make sure it completely engages. The 1up USA racks look awesome. Also, pretty sure Thule T2 is made in USA as well.

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    I am almost 100% certain that Thule's are not made here.

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    I ride a Turner Sultan and it fits fine on both a Kuat NV hitch rack and Yakima Super Joe 3 trunk mounted 3-bike carrier (that I bought used for $25).

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    Quote Originally Posted by racerwad View Post
    I am almost 100% certain that Thule's are not made here.
    Oh, but they are.

    Thule - Flamand Sports Group

    Thule T2 XTR - 2 Bike at REI.com

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    Well I stand corrected! Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chrisgardner73 View Post
    I use a Kuat NV, and it hauls everything...FS, HT, road bike, CX bike, fat bike, kids bike, etc. Great rack and even better customer service. It's a bit pricey, but worth every penny.
    +1 on KuAt NV, well thought out design.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pimpbot View Post
    1Up USA Quickrack is the shiz.

    I had a T2 and kinda hated it. It's crazy heavy and doesn't fold down any smaller. I couldn't fit it in the trunk of my A4 unless I dropped the rear seat... a major PITA since I have two small kinds in rocket chairs.

    Also, it jacked up the boot on my Lefty fork.

    Aaaahhh... much bettah:

    <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/kYUMY5WdBBbk2v1B9FZ-YNMTjNZETYmyPJy0liipFm0?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-SqwMsmhqTIk/T2aunWQGjVI/AAAAAAAAbJg/HC5pL0nZcx8/s800/IMG_2954.JPG" height="600" width="800" /></a>
    Saw one of these racks on a car at work. Very clean look. Any hey! You got that bike from my buddy up in WI!

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    Check out raxter. Small company. I purchased the 4 bike model, it basically a two bike tray type holder than you can add or take off the 2 additional holder. Had it for a year or so and have put a few thousand miles on it. Numerous different bikes and sets up in seconds.

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