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Old 05-22-2013, 06:24 PM   #1
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Handling while carrying bicycles

I have a 2012 SEL with a hitch mounted bike rack that I use to carry 2 bicycles. Around town it's fine but I'm wondering how the car would ride and handle on the highway with the loaded rack (about 130 pounds including hitch, rack and 2 bikes) 150 pounds of luggage and 2 passengers weighing 350 pounds total. This falls under the car's allowable load of about 820 pounds but I'm concerned about the weight distribution what with the rack and bikes hanging off the back.

Anyone have any ideas or experience?


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Old 05-22-2013, 07:42 PM   #2
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I have a hitch and bike rack that holds 4 bikes. I have had 3 bikes on it (two full size and one child's bike), two adults and my daughter in the car and did not notice any issues on the highway.
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I've driven to the east coast and back with two bikes and a loaded car and she handles just fine. Only a tiny reduction in mileage from the drag of the bikes.
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I've driven with way more weight in the back of my hatch, about 1.5 yards of mulch (~1000lb), myself and a passenger, plus tools. Weight distribution shouldn't be an issue, just take it slow on the acceleration, increase your following distance a lot and don't drive like boy racer though the corners and you'll be fine.
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Thanks all for the replies, I'm now encouraged.
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