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08-18-2014 10:13 PM
cocatfan
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Originally Posted by Rogerschro View Post
You don't really need it unless you are hauling heavy bikes. Most are light enough to use the rack without a strap. You are limited to two bikes with this configuration. Usually no more than 50lbs total. I have had no problem with the Thule t2 rack and two bikes mounted. I also stood on it and jumped up and down on it a few times to be sure it was secure when I first mounted it in the receiver just to see if there was any deflection. I didn't notice any and have not seen any yet. With some bikes such as cruisers that weigh 30+ lbs each, I think a strap is advisable to reduce the possibility of damage, mostly for rough roads that cause bouncing. You might also check out the Hollywood sport rider rack. It is a nice design and not too expensive at $240. Carries 2 bikes and folds up for storage.
http://hollywoodracks.com/bike-racks...hitch-rack.htm
Thanks for the input. My bike is a Trek 3. Not sure how heavy. I will probably use the strap just to be safe. I don't know what rack I will get yet. Thanks.
08-18-2014 08:16 PM
Rogerschro
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Originally Posted by cocatfan View Post
I am getting a Sportframe 1 1/4 inch Rec. hitch on my car (Uhaul) for a bike rack. Probably a hanging one as opposed to a platform. The confirmation email had in small print: "warning: all nontrailer loads (bike rack etc) used with this hitch must be supported by auxillary stabilizing straps. Do I need to do this and why? Including a pic so you can see what the straps do. It does not seem like it would work for a platform rack.
You don't really need it unless you are hauling heavy bikes. Most are light enough to use the rack without a strap. You are limited to two bikes with this configuration. Usually no more than 50lbs total. I have had no problem with the Thule t2 rack and two bikes mounted. I also stood on it and jumped up and down on it a few times to be sure it was secure when I first mounted it in the receiver just to see if there was any deflection. I didn't notice any and have not seen any yet. With some bikes such as cruisers that weigh 30+ lbs each, I think a strap is advisable to reduce the possibility of damage, mostly for rough roads that cause bouncing. You might also check out the Hollywood sport rider rack. It is a nice design and not too expensive at $240. Carries 2 bikes and folds up for storage.
http://hollywoodracks.com/bike-racks...hitch-rack.htm
08-18-2014 03:57 PM
cocatfan
Please help

I am getting a Sportframe 1 1/4 inch Rec. hitch on my car (Uhaul) for a bike rack. Probably a hanging one as opposed to a platform. The confirmation email had in small print: "warning: all nontrailer loads (bike rack etc) used with this hitch must be supported by auxillary stabilizing straps. Do I need to do this and why? Including a pic so you can see what the straps do. It does not seem like it would work for a platform rack.
08-06-2014 01:05 PM
cocatfan Rogerschro- you are my new "go-to" guy due to this that you wrote "I might also mention I own a bicycle shop, so know a thing or two about bikes and many different rack systems."

I have to first get a bike. I am considering Trex Shift 3.0. Just a casual rider, exercise but no mountain biking. Then I have to decide on a bike rack, and get a hitch at U-haul and have them put it on. I have a lot to do. I will post if I need any tips.
08-05-2014 07:59 PM
Rogerschro
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I am new here today. 8/5/14 so just reading this today. Some of us would like a roof mount bike rack and yet we cannot possibly lift our bike up there. I would be one.
I wouldn't worry about what CD/SFE wrote. It is technically partly true but mostly exaggerated. Any good dealer would not say anything about the hitch and this car does have a tow rating, just not listed in US production manuals. It is listed in other countries. There are many who do have a hitch and also use it to tow. Very unlikely to cause warranty issues. As for removal of material, not so much, if any and still no warranty issues related to it. Concerning access, Most hitches have a fold down mode that allows lowering with the bikes on. As to WHY? The Reason I have a rear hitch is it is easier to use, mounting the bikes is better, it is potentially safer (no garage to hit with the bikes on top), it is quieter (wind noise), it gets far better gas milage and I can see my bikes while driving so less worry (is it still there?, did I tighten the clamp?, will that low limb hit my bike?) And for those vertically challenged among us, lifting a bike over head is out of the question. Roof racks are good for many things, including bikes, but not the best for all people. I use the Thule T2 carrier with the hidden hitch mount. It is not a cheap rack but strong and stable, uses the wheels as mount points so odd frames pose no problems. It folds up when not in use and folds down to clear the back. (actually, I can access the hatch, and open it, WITH the bike still On The Rack, so no issues with that either!)









I might also mention I own a bicycle shop, so know a thing or two about bikes and many different rack systems.

08-05-2014 07:39 PM
Texaswiley I understand the advantages of a roof rack. However I tow the Focus behind the motorhome and also carry 2 kayaks on the roof. Bikes have to go an a hitch mount carrier. I also use the bike carrier on my Explorer. I have an aluminum cargo carrier I some times use to haul a gas can or used motor oil to recycle. I personally think it is ridiculous that any manufacture would build a car of any sort that didn't have the extra margin of engine/trans capacity to at least pull a 1,000 trailer. What happens when you put passengers and luggage that brings it up to the max GVW rating and drive from Salt Lake City to Denver on a hot day. Believe me that will stress it a lot more than the small trailer with a kayak or motorcycle will. Believe me some fool will do that with 5 passengers and a roof rack with a luggage carrier on it and burn up the transmission. BTW fuel economy with a roof rack will suck a lot worse than with a hitch rack.
08-05-2014 07:16 PM
cocatfan
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Originally Posted by CD/SFE View Post
Ok, so you install this rack, you can't open the hatch anymore with the bikes loaded, you maybe drill into the frame and remove stuff, Ford dealers say you may void your car's warranty because it is a trailer hitch that can be used for towing when nobody is looking and this cars isn't rated to tow nothing, the DCT's have already reported problems by some ( not ME, I'm on my second with ZERO problems ) and all this because you don't want to install a very clean looking Yakima/Thule roof cargo/bike rack that makes no permanent changes to the car, and the reason is............???????

Somehow, I just don't get it.
I am new here today. 8/5/14 so just reading this today. Some of us would like a roof mount bike rack and yet we cannot possibly lift our bike up there. I would be one.
06-25-2014 10:28 PM
block Too funny - I have a blue 2013 hatch and a 2002 Yellow SV650 (last of the curvy style).

We own a large bike rack for our minivan so it's tempting to get a hitch on the focus. I would rather not cut the heat shield. Grinding down the bolt heads would also suck - everything rusts so badly here (CNY).

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Originally Posted by Gi_Jo_Nathan View Post
Mine does great as well. Normally 32mpg
2012 5spd

06-16-2014 01:33 PM
TiPilot I put my hitch on last summer (Draw-Tite) and got a bike rack this winter (Yakima Double-Down Ace) and finally took a bike on a long road trip.

Drove about 500 miles, most of it with my mountain bike on the rack, and I don't think there was any significant effect on MPGs. Was going 70-75 MPH on mostly highways (probably about 80-85% highway miles for the trip) and still averaged about 35 MPG.

For comparison, with no hitch, and driving a little slower (65-70) over about the same distance this past weekend, I managed 38 MPG.
05-21-2014 10:51 PM
Lost216 So basically I want the Hidden Hitch, because the others require frame modifications? Wish I'd thought of this before doing my exhaust though.
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