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    Hitch mounted racks (railing type), let's see yours.

    I'm looking for a hitch mounted rack with railings for two 30+ lbs bikes to sit on, 1 1/4" hitch. Budget's $300. And go.

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    None finer than the 1Up Quickrack, but it is out of your price range.

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    I'm looking too. What's wrong with this one from Performance (besides not being the 'best you can buy, money's no object')?


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    Absolutely nothing. That is a great rack that will get the job done.

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    I got one...

    Quote Originally Posted by Sinker
    I'm looking too. What's wrong with this one from Performance (besides not being the 'best you can buy, money's no object')?

    They're decent.

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    Good job!

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    (off-topic VW content...) My first thought was that I'd rather see more of the Vanagon, but then we wouldn't see the B5 with the trunk rack. And yes, I noticed the Eurovan.


    (on-topic) I have the same Performance rack, but I bought it at etrailer back when Performance hiked their price. Solid rack and a great value. I usually only transport one bike (on the inside, car-side) so I leave the extra wheel trays and frame hook in the trunk or at home.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zelig
    (off-topic VW content...) My first thought was that I'd rather see more of the Vanagon, but then we wouldn't see the B5 with the trunk rack. And yes, I noticed the Eurovan.


    (on-topic) I have the same Performance rack, but I bought it at etrailer back when Performance hiked their price. Solid rack and a great value. I usually only transport one bike (on the inside, car-side) so I leave the extra wheel trays and frame hook in the trunk or at home.
    That's a B5.5 Passat. You can tell by the chrome trim.

    I have a neighbor with a B5.5 Passat Wagon, 1.8t manual with 4Motion. FWIU, they only brought like 100 of them in this country for half a model year.

    So its basically an A4 Avant with more room. If he decides to sell it, and it has less than 130k miles on it, I wanna buy it from him. My wife has a B5 Audi A4 Avant, and its a great car, but I wish it had more room for stuff inside.

    That pic was taken in the Lucky parking lot in Fairfax, CA. That is where everybody parks when they go and ride Tamarancho. Loads of VWs in Marin County.

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    i have the same xport. works really well and can get them quite cheap from performance- i think mine was $119 or $129 during one of their sales.
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    I use the Thule 990XT Doubletrack and think it works great. It's within your budget too. Comes with a lock for the hitch pin

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    That Performance rack doesn't look bad for $169. Question is, how will it hold up over the years?

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    Any opinions on the Yakima StickUp?


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    Designed and built it myself. I liked these --> http://www.isi-carriers.com/ - iSi Bicycle Carrier. Made in Australia and expensive to ship (purchase price is pretty high as well, but build quality is top notch from what I have read and can tell from the website.)

    I have about $50 worth of steel and ~8 hours of my time invested + paint time.
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    Yes and no

    Quote Originally Posted by eurospek
    That Performance rack doesn't look bad for $169. Question is, how will it hold up over the years?
    Mine is holding up fine. I did have to exchange it once for the slipping clamp issue. Basically, as the clamps wear, it leaves plastic dust in there, making the slip a bit when pushed around from vibration and motion while driving. Performance just swapped it out for me. If you just take the clamps apart once in a while and clean out the plastic dust, it won't be an issue.

    That said, Performance has a lifetime satisfaction guarantee. If you have issues or don't like it, just take it in and swap it out or get your money back... and save the receipt. Also, I don't live in an area with salted roads in winter, so I don't know how corrosion resistant it is.

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    I love the T2 rack set-up on my car
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    I red GLKs.

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    I have the swagman version of that performance rack with wheel tie downs...


    http://swagman.net/products/platform-racks/xtc-2/

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    I have the T2 also and love it. Does the two bike version fall under 300 bucks? I can't remember, but I think I paid 270 for it. I recently bought the two bike extender for it. Real nice that it bolts on or off in about 40 seconds.
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    Here is mine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Itchiee
    I have the swagman version of that performance rack with wheel tie downs...


    http://swagman.net/products/platform-racks/xtc-2/
    The Performance rack has wheel tie-downs. They use velcro straps looped through the end caps at each of the wheels.

    Honestly, I never use them. Well, I sometimes use them if I know its going to be a long drive with my bike on the back.

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    nm... double post. wups.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JWA
    None finer than the 1Up Quickrack, but it is out of your price range.
    The more I'm reading reviews, the more I'm swayed towards this rack. Although it's $200 over budget, it seems like it will be the last rack I'll hopefully buy.

    The Yakima HoldUp and Thule T2 seem bulky and heavy, and I'm not sold on the attachment of only by one wheel.

    Looked at the Yakima StickUp that holds by the frame but most reviews mention frame damage sooner or later.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pimpbot
    The Performance rack has wheel tie-downs. They use Velcro straps looped through the end caps at each of the wheels.

    Honestly, I never use them. Well, I sometimes use them if I know its going to be a long drive with my bike on the back.

    Oh, good to know. I use them all the time! Although mine aren't Velcro they are rubber straps with holes that go over tabs. Not really needed with the amount of force the hook provides, but I like to take precautions and it only takes one minute to do all four. Enjoy!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by eurospek
    The more I'm reading reviews, the more I'm swayed towards this rack. Although it's $200 over budget, it seems like it will be the last rack I'll hopefully buy.
    And the more I sleep on it, the more disgusted I feel. I just can't stomach paying $500+ for a rack right now. And there's one design aspect I don't like either for its half a grand sticker price, and that's how it's mounted to the hitch with no bolt or anything through the mounting arm and hitch receiver. Every other rack has some sort of bolt going through it to at least prevent it from slipping out and some also use a threaded bolt to prevent sway.

    The Yakima StickUp is also out, the more I read reviews on it, the more I care about my frame's finish.

    I found the Thule T2 selling online for under $330 shipped. This is looking to be a clear winner, although it's a little bulky, people seem to love it.

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