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    Light weight aluminum hitch mount rack

    Can someone recommend me a light weight rack?

    My current Thule rack weights 50 lbs. It is very heavy to haul from apartment to the car.

    I want to replace it with a light rack.

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    Iíd guess 1-up is probably the lightest. My Kuat is heavy too.


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    The Saris Freedom is not aluminum, however it is only 24lbs for a 2 bikes rack.
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    My 1Up heavy duty double is only a bit lighter than your current rack, but it folds up and just lives in my trunk. Eliminates the trip down the stairs from my apartment.
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    +1 on the 1up Its on my car 90% of the time, way lighter than my 35+pound old rack. Easy to store as mentioned. I have a single rack, I never need to carry more than 1 bike.

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    Is 1up rack lockable? Does it corrode?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sito40 View Post
    Is 1up rack lockable?
    Only kind-of, but any "lockable" feature built into a bike rack is at best a 30 second theft deterrent anyway.

    https://www.1up-usa.com/product/wheel-locks/

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    We use a heavy cable looped through the chain attachment point on out hitch, but again, not many locks that will stop an angle grinder for more than a minute.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Forster View Post
    We use a heavy cable looped through the chain attachment point on out hitch, but again, not many locks that will stop an angle grinder for more than a minute.
    And then it becomes whatever the weakest link is... if you use a hardeded chain, maybe the chain attachment point or the hitch is easier to cut...

    Everything is only a deterrent compared to a battery angle grinder.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sito40 View Post
    Is 1up rack lockable? Does it corrode?

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    I got their lock for $20, I don't think is that easy to steal, but anything is possible.

    I see some guys add a Ulock to the hitch/rack.

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    Is 1up stable when car is moving on the road?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sito40 View Post
    Is 1up stable when car is moving on the road?

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    Oh you were missed Capt! - Yes! I think all racks have some level of wobble. There is a huge thread here about the 1up you might want to check. The negative reviews are minimal compared to happy users.

    Practical
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    Expensive (kind of, you get what you pay for right?)
    It folds up/down for easy access to the back w/or w/out the bike on.

    I don't leave my bike unattended so if you do, you have to think of a way to lock the bike to the rack.
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    The best bike lock is generally good theft insurance. You can quote me on that.

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    My 1UP lives on my car year-round. Locked to the car with a U-lock, and also lock my bike to it with a U lock if I have to leave them for a while. It has been through 2 Ohio summers and winters now...no corrosion at all. A bit wobbly in the 2" hitch I have, but not worse than any trailer I tow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sito40 View Post
    Can someone recommend me a light weight rack?

    My current Thule rack weights 50 lbs. It is very heavy to haul from apartment to the car.

    I want to replace it with a light rack.
    How many bikes do you need to carry?

    These racks will all carry 2 bikes and weigh 35 lbs or less:
    Saris Superclamp 2 (steel)
    Saris Freedom 2 (steel)
    Kuat Sherpa 2.0 (aluminum)

    These racks carry 1 bike and are both around 25 lbs:
    Rockymounts Monorail Solo (steel)
    1UP Quik Rack single bike rack (aluminum)

    A rack doesn't need to be made from aluminum to be light weight. The 1UP two bike rack is a good example of this as it weighs around 42 lbs.
    I currently have a Saris Superclamp 2. I like it a lot and it is a great value compared to some other rack options. I previously owned a 1UP rack and a Thule T2.

    The 1UP probably has better long term reliability than most racks, and is a good choice if you leave it on your car all of the time. However it can be finicky to use and is the most expensive option.

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    Is 1up stable when car is moving on the road?
    The 1UP is stable, but does have wobble. The bikes wobble in the trays more than other racks that clamp down on the tires. The whole rack, especially with the 1.25" receiver size, wobbles a bit more than steel racks due to the lower stiffness of the aluminum tongue. It was always a bit unnerving to me to see the bikes moving around a bit more than I was used to while using the 1UP rack.

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    This was my plan B - cheaper than the 1up - raxter racks

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    Kuat Sherpa is about as light as you will get in a 2 bike rack - 32 Lbs. I went through this very exercise a couple of years ago because my Thule 2 bike is too heavy as you mention. I wanted something I could pick up and easily hang on the wall. The Kuat Sherpa works perfectly for this. And as an added bonus you can find them on sale. You will not find a One up rack on sale anywhere.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jcd46 View Post
    This was my plan B - cheaper than the 1up - raxter racks

    Raxter Racks
    Is this rack stable?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sito40 View Post
    Is this rack stable?

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    No experience with it, saw it on a car once and asked the guy. He was happy with it, but I think the extra $$ is worth it for the 1UP. Provided no accidents/stolen - I think is a one time investment.

    Give it a google for some reviews, I'm sure someone here has one. I also think they have reviews on their site.
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    The 1UP is a good rack, it's not that light but it's more manageable due to its design. I like that you can easily take it apart with the same allen key you use to take it off the car. I would take it off the car and then split it into two pieces and carry each 20lb segment up into my apartment, one in each arm. Much easier than a big bulky rack.

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    My Saris Superclamp 2 weighs 32 lbs but itís too bulky to manhandle up and down the stairs, IMO.

    Even though itís only 32 lbs, I twisted my torso while carrying it awkwardly last weekend and hurt my lower back.

    I have other racks: Thule T2 & a Saris Thelma 3. The Thelma is pretty light (under 30lbs, I believe).

    This coming weekend Iím going back to the rack I currently store in my trunk at all times, a Highland Sportwing with a riser shank. It holds bikes by the wheels not the frame.

    Hereís an aluminum version(16.75 lbs shipping weight with packaging):

    https://www.amazon.com/Highland-Spor...YdL&ref=plSrch

    Mine comes apart in 3 pieces and is in my trunk at all times, even when Iím using one of my ďfancyĒ racks.

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    I am concerned about the hitch steel ball in 1up rack.

    Can this ball pop loose while the car is moving on the highway?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sito40 View Post
    I am concerned about the hitch steel ball in 1up rack.

    Can this ball pop loose while the car is moving on the highway?

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    Nope! I have already driven a few hundreds miles with it. I check every now and then to be sure, only had to tighten it once, and it was just a 1/4 turn. I keep my eye on it, as I would with any rack.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jcd46 View Post
    Nope! I have already driven a few hundreds miles with it. I check every now and then to be sure, only had to tighten it once, and it was just a 1/4 turn. I keep my eye on it, as I would with any rack.

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    Is there a back-up method of securing the rack to the hitch?

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    U lock, check the 1up thread there are pix of set ups! Dont be lazy, otherwise, no raise!

    Mine is locked with their $20 lock.
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    Is there a back-up method of securing the rack to the hitch?

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    Just a FYI, if you also want to use chain to lock stuff, get grade 70 chain in either 5/16" or 3/8" (5/16 is more mobile, that's what I use on my commuter bike, otherwise go with 3/8" it takes a lot more work to get trough it), yellow zinc played usually, I run it inside a mesh-loom style of cable wrap to keep it from rubbing off and then I apply a large heat shrink tube over it, that keeps the chain straight and give a non marring surface as well as less room for thief to work the chain around since they can't move the links away from the frame or structure. In short you get somewhat similar protection as a good u-lock (don't cheap out on the pad lock either !) but as the advantage of longer reach and you can run it trough wheels, frames, etc.

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    OK. I order the 1up rack

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    Quote Originally Posted by sito40 View Post
    OK. I order the 1up rack

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    Good choice the raxter's price is attractive, but the quality on the 1UP is much better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jcd46 View Post
    Good choice the raxter's price is attractive, but the quality on the 1UP is much better.

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    and as always...you get what you pay for...no matter what. To me the 1UP is an investment in my bike, car and time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sXeXBMXer View Post
    and as always...you get what you pay for...no matter what. To me the 1UP is an investment in my bike, car and time.
    My swagman was $120 shipped, and its about 10 years old now... still works great, has maybe 100,000 miles on it in tow, loaded with bikes. Just plain works.

    No matter what? Im honestly not sure i could ask for more, it just needs to hold bikes and not fall off.

    Im sure the 1up physically works and will hold a bike, but so will anything else. I think its perceived value is overblown. By a lot.

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    I've got a 1UP heavy duty double. It is rock solid stable and stays attached to my truck except if I need to haul something else (trailer). The Theft deterrent is a lockable bar to block the access of the special wrench used to secure the rack to the hitch. I use a large cable through my bikes and rack when traveling to keep the "undecided" honest. To load the rack onto my truck and load and secure my bikes takes less than a minute and a half, and that's going slowly.

    I did an amazing amount of research before I bought this rack. I'm a believer in buy it once, and buy quality. I'd do it again in a heartbeat, no regrets whatsoever.

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    What kind of chains do you recommend?

    Where can buy shrink tubing?

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    I got some 1" link chain from Home Depot and bolted it to the bottom of the carrier and on the other end a spring hook. I didn't use any heat shrink, but you could pull an piece of old bike tube over the chain to keep from rattling.Light weight aluminum hitch mount rack-rack-retension.jpg

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