Choosing a Bike Rack

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  • 10-17-2009
    wildkyle90
    Choosing a Bike Rack
    Okay 2 questions, i want a hitch bike rack that can hold at least 3 bikes. im looking at his Allen Bike Rack it holds 3 bikes here is the url. do you think it will suit my needs, i want something well built and sturdy, this one seems like it is

    http://www.dickssportinggoods.com/pr...716578.2713496

    Also when mounting the bike on the bike rack, the shifter cables that run under the top tube of the frame lay on the mounts of the rack, could it damage the cables?

    Thanks, Kyle
  • 10-17-2009
    XJaredX
    I'm thinking that you kinda get what you pay for, I'd look at a Thule or Yakima, that looks like it seriously lacks any sort of anything to prevent the bikes from swinging around.
  • 10-17-2009
    JohnJ80
    You know, when Galyon's got bought by Dick's, the employees would say, "we used to be Galyon's but now we are Dick's."

    That rack is for department store bikes.

    J.
  • 10-17-2009
    bdundee
    My advise when looking to buy a rack to carry 3 bikes buy a 4 bike carrier.
  • 10-17-2009
    JohnJ80
    1upUSA (http://www.1upusa.com) has a rack that you can add bikes to incrementally. However, it's expensive but it is an excellent rack.

    J.
  • 10-17-2009
    G_Blanco
    Get a Thule or Yakima from craigslist.
  • 10-18-2009
    GpzGuy
    Good advice here. Anti-sway cages on the racks are pretty important. That Allen rack looks kind of cheesy, but hard to tell from a picture.

    I carry three bikes with no problem on a 4-bike Thule Ridgeline. I think I could fit 4 on it, but it would be VERY tight.

    Hanging a bike by the top tube shouldn't damage the cables at all if the bike isn't rocking all around, so again, having an anti-sway cage is very imporant. Another thing you could use is a top tub adaptor, which is kind of necessary if you have an odd shaped frame or full suspension bike.
  • 10-19-2009
    wildkyle90
    HEY! I ended up getting a 4 bike holder rack from Yakima. It has great build quality... LOL but the metal tube that inserts into the hitch isnt long enough and it hits the rear bumper before its all the way inserted.. Luckily my dads a machinest he is going to extend the metal piece for me. Guess i lucked out