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Old 10-14-2016, 08:05 PM   #15
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we use a THULE rack on the back of the TV. it rests on the bumper, attaches with heavy cables, locks and the upper arm rests on the bed cover but it would probably work on a canopy as well. if you tilt the the arms that hold the bikes up a couple of notches there is no interference with tight turns.
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Old 10-14-2016, 09:29 PM   #16
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Thanks for the ideas. One of the problems we are still discussing is how to transport our bikes. Unfortunately, our bikes are fairly heavy (traditional single-speed) so some of the systems for light-weight bikes won't work. We'll need to have a cap on the pickup (F250 4WD), so getting bikes up there might be a challenge. I hadn't thought of a front-mounted rack, though, so thanks for that idea. That may be the best idea.
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Old 10-14-2016, 10:18 PM   #17
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Have been reading a lot of different threads and comments here and there regarding AS bike racks and the pros and cons of front and rear locations. Everything from safety, road grime, access to storage compartments etc.

Has anyone attached roof racks to the crew cab of their truck and used Thule, Yakima, Rhino or others to secure their bikes. We see a lot of cars with these types of bike racks but have never seen them on a truck roof or TV.

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Yes! Our bikes are worth too much to expose the lubricants on the bikes to the rear end collection of dust and grime.
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Old 10-14-2016, 10:20 PM   #18
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I really like the suction cup models shared earlier but at the end of the day, the easiest thing for us is go out the bikes on the bed inside the trailer when we want to bring them with us. The front tires are quick release and the rest of the bikes just lay on the bed. Pretty easy. Been easier with the emergency exit door we installed in the bedroom - just haul in and lay on the bed. Not bad!
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Old 10-15-2016, 06:57 AM   #19
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How about fork locks on a short piece of 2x8 and put them in the AS. I have a very good friend that uses a similar system for the back of his pickup and the 2x8 isn't even secured. The bikes stay in place, of course, in the pickup they are positioned fore and aft rather than port/starboard.
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I'm with mefly2. My bikes ride inside. In the tow vehicle they are on fork mounts on a board and I have a fork mount attached to the front of the nightstand between the twin beds in the FC.
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What kind of bikes do you have and how do you use them that you are so concerned about road grime?
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I hang my bikes off to the side. Leaves the bed free and not as high to lift the bikes.
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Bike Racks Discussion

We use an over the tank rack mount from etrailer. It bolts to the A frame and you must remove the aluminum tank cover. We just completed a 4600 mile trip and it worked fine. The bikes stayed fairly clean. The bike rack itself can be mounted on the hitch receiver if we want to take the bikes without the trailer. The bikes and rack should total no more than 100 lb. We used to carry the bikes inside the trailer. This works better.
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Not sure about mefly2, but I won't use a rear rack for the same reason. Sport road bikes we usually travel with are Cervelo R5 VWD with Campagnolo Super Record and Zipp 303 Firecrest, and Cervelo R3 with Dura Ace. Both used for 100+ km rides. Cheaper Trek road bikes stay at home for wet weather conditions, training and/or distance. Heavier city bikes for around town. I use a fork mount roof rack on the SUV occasionally, and if we are taking passengers, but usually put the Cervelos inside on fork mounts installed on a 1x4. That addresses the dirt issue as well as the theft issue.

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What kind of bikes do you have and how do you use them that you are so concerned about road grime?
They cost a fair amount, much more than the generators people lock up, so one concern is theft.

As far as grime goes, I keep my bikes clean. Yes they get dirty when riding, but the drive train gets cleaned every two or three rides (probably every 100- 150 miles on average). I really only ride in the rain when I get caught, as it's not all that much fun. But leaving it out in the rain on a rack means another round of exposure and cleaning.

All this isn't because I'm a clean freak, I'm a riding freak. I want my bike to perform well and have the parts that wear last longer.

If this sounds obsessive, I refer you to the discussions on black tank cleaning.

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Old 10-18-2016, 05:25 PM   #28
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what kind of bikes do you have and how do you use them that they do not get dirtier from use? my wife has an hand made Torelli from Robert Mondavi in Italy and we put it on the rack on the rear of the truck all the time. the bikes get far dirtier from use then riding the rack. we do maintenance on them as well and we use our bikes to do everything include ride across the country. so I am really curious about your post.
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