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Old 10-26-2006, 03:51 PM   #29
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As purchased, my bike rack held the bikes way too high. I had to cut 10 inches off the vertical height of the bike rack to get it as low as seen in the picture. That particular amount to remove was based on the tallest bike's wheels being no lower than the front suspension's cross member.

It was apparently the right amount as I had good visibility while on the road, and after 1600 miles (mostly interstate ) through three states, no bike wheels have been dragged.

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My bikes were also too high when mounted up front so I purchased a 10" hitch drop.
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Old 10-26-2006, 03:53 PM   #30
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I purchased a rack system by Rhode Gear this year for my Ironman Canada trip with the trailer.



It is a fork down plate that sits on the floor of the trailer with anti skid rubber on the bottom. It held my road bike and nic's mountain bike perfectly still from Calgary to Penticton BC and back. I placed the rear tires on the rubber door mat and looseley tied them together with a cord. The only concern would be an exceptionally muddy bike, but I think a towel underneath would take care of that.

For 40 bucks, it was a great deal.

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I purchased a rack system by Rhode Gear this year for my Ironman Canada trip with the trailer.



It is a fork down plate that sits on the floor of the trailer with anti skid rubber on the bottom. It held my road bike and nic's mountain bike perfectly still from Calgary to Penticton BC and back. I placed the rear tires on the rubber door mat and looseley tied them together with a cord. The only concern would be an exceptionally muddy bike, but I think a towel underneath would take care of that.

For 40 bucks, it was a great deal.

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I like it! Keeps it out of the weather and road grime.
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Old 10-26-2006, 04:06 PM   #32
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This looks like a great system. The bike stand I use for inside the trailer is a smaller version of an exterior bike rack where the front wheel just sticks in between steel tubes - like you would see in a park or school. It works great except my son now has a mountain bike with disc brakes, and the disc hits the bike rack tube.
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This looks like a great system. The bike stand I use for inside the trailer is a smaller version of an exterior bike rack where the front wheel just sticks in between steel tubes - like you would see in a park or school. It works great except my son now has a mountain bike with disc brakes, and the disc hits the bike rack tube.
The older Thule/Yakima bike trays used to have that problem as well with disc brakes. Either pony up 220.00 bucks for the "disc specific model" or 2.99 for a new hacksaw blade and the effect is the same.

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Old 10-26-2006, 04:18 PM   #34
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...It is a fork down plate that sits on the floor of the trailer with anti skid rubber on the bottom...
I like your solution.

Would you happen to have a picture of the plate "in action" in your Airstream?

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Old 10-26-2006, 04:32 PM   #35
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I like your solution.

Would you happen to have a picture of the plate "in action" in your Airstream?

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I actually don't have a shot of it strangely enough but a mental picture for you. i'm planning on visiting the twinkie in the next weel or so, if I have a chance I'll snap a shot for you.

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bike rack update...finally...

Hi all,

We finally made it out to the hanger to visit the trailer and I had a chance to take a pic of my setup. Bikes were dirty so I didn't put them in the trailer, but this gives you an idea.

http://www.airforums.com/photo...php?i=14755&c=
http://www.airforums.com/photo...php?i=14757&c=
http://flickr.com/photos/16445814@N00/418128751/

The two bikes sit just at the base of the dinette. The weight of the bikes' front end and the rubber matting underneath prevents any movement or slide at all. I usually bungee the rear tires together and place them on the welcome mat. We did a bunch of mountain trips last year and the bikes never moved an inch.

FYI and sorry for the delay on these photos.

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