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Who makeS a good one? Two bikes. Lockable. Not too much $$$. And where to buy?
 

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Thule T2. Will fit almost any bike. No need to pull wheels off. No concerns about clamping on to frame tubes. Expandable out to four bikes as my family grows.
I bought mine at REI using my rebate:D
You can also find them at Rack And Road
 

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+1 on the T2. Find the cheapest price on-line (make sure there is no tax or shipping), and take that info to Mikes Bikes. They will honor the price. I managed to walk out of the shop in January with a new T2 for about $310.
 

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The Thule 916 is a great hauler. I got mine for $260 with free shipping from some outfit in middle America.

Once the bike is loaded and secured, it is not going anywhere for the duration of the drive. I have hauled mine almost 2000 miles. I never trusted roof racks and would always be looking up to make sure the bike was still there - sort of stressful. With the hitch mount - no stress ever.

It is 45lbs - quite hefty.

There is one on EBay right now at $200 for a Thule 916.

Do NOT buy the 918 - that is the add on for the 916 to make it a 4 bike hauler.
 

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2wheelsoul said:
The Thule 916 is a great hauler. I got mine for $260 with free shipping from some outfit in middle America.

Once the bike is loaded and secured, it is not going anywhere for the duration of the drive. I have hauled mine almost 2000 miles. I never trusted roof racks and would always be looking up to make sure the bike was still there - sort of stressful. With the hitch mount - no stress ever.

It is 45lbs - quite hefty.

There is one on EBay right now at $200 for a Thule 916.

Do NOT buy the 918 - that is the add on for the 916 to make it a 4 bike hauler.
hitch racks fail, too. Somewhere I have pics of my friends GT IDrive after being run over by a Ford F250 van. The only thing that survived was the CK headset, and the frame was broken into 3 peices!

That said - my vehicle is too tall for roof racks and they are cumbersome with through axle forks.

Thanks for the tip on the Yakima. I will look into those and the Thules.
 

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iheartbicycles said:
Who makeS a good one? Two bikes. Lockable. Not too much $$$. And where to buy?
Chuck, your least expensive option. It's a hanging style Thule rack. Fits two bikes comfortably, four in a pinch. Integrated cable lock thingy (defeated by a screwdriver in under ten seconds). 2" receiver.

SHORE PROVEN.

Free to a good home.

 

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Itchy The Clown said:
Chuck, your least expensive option. It's a hanging style Thule rack. Fits two bikes comfortably, four in a pinch. Integrated cable lock thingy (defeated by a screwdriver in under ten seconds). 2" receiver.

SHORE PROVEN.

Free to a good home.

*****, that's hard to beat! How about a six pack of Bigfoot?
 

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here's mine. Paid $50 for this 2-bike rack including the anti-wobble with 2" and 1.25" receiver. Got this from ebay.
Sorry. Can't seem to get a good pic of the rack. My bike's in the way all the time.
 

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iheartbicycles said:
*****, that's hard to beat! How about a six pack of Bigfoot?
Done deal. I'll be at Rockville at 9 for a rain ride. Let me know if I should throw it in the car.

Otherwise, we can hook up after work one day this week, or you can pick it up from my wife who works in Pleasant Hill.
 

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Done deal. I'll be at Rockville at 9 for a rain ride. Let me know if I should throw it in the car.
See you then!
 

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Keep in mind how much all this stuff that you're hanging off the back of your car weighs. If you have a big SUV that can take a ton of tongue weight then who cares, get whatever you want. If you have a car with a 1.25" receiver, like my GTI, you have to be conscious about keeping the weight down. I believe a Thule T2 weighs somewhere north of 50 lbs, aside from being a pain to carry around, that's a ton of weight on the back of a small car, plus it isn't directly over the hitch, the weight is a few feet out. Once you add some bikes on there your car may not handle very well.

I don't know what you drive, but if its a small car consider an aluminum hanging rack, they're cheaper and lighter. If you really want a tray rack, get something light like the Kuat Sherpa or Saris Thelma. That's my suggestion. I just went through a similar thing and ended up with the Kuat. The quality is unbelievable, but so is the price. good luck.
 

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Keep in mind how much all this stuff that you're hanging off the back of your car weighs. If you have a big SUV that can take a ton of tongue weight then who cares, get whatever you want. If you have a car with a 1.25" receiver, like my GTI, you have to be conscious about keeping the weight down. I believe a Thule T2 weighs somewhere north of 50 lbs, aside from being a pain to carry around, that's a ton of weight on the back of a small car, plus it isn't directly over the hitch, the weight is a few feet out. Once you add some bikes on there your car may not handle very well.

I don't know what you drive, but if its a small car consider an aluminum hanging rack, they're cheaper and lighter. If you really want a tray rack, get something light like the Kuat Sherpa or Saris Thelma. That's my suggestion. I just went through a similar thing and ended up with the Kuat. The quality is unbelievable, but so is the price. good luck.
Nah. I drive a big ass truck with a V8! It eats Toyota Pius' for breakfast!
 
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