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Old 07-15-2007, 03:42 PM   #29
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Since I don't know, I will ask

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... The only issue I have ... is finding a bike rack that supports the bikes from the wheels, versus the cross bars. ...
What is the advantage of supporting the bikes from the wheels?

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Old 07-15-2007, 03:45 PM   #30
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Do you mean the noise from the straps or the canoe?

The straps are tricky, too much twist is amost as bad none.

My canoe made no noise once I founf that out.
Bob,

We probably didn't play with the strap issue enough and had too many twists. One probably would have sufficed.
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Old 07-15-2007, 06:38 PM   #31
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What is the advantage of supporting the bikes from the wheels?

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I was trying to do two things: 1) reduce the height of the bikes (visibility), and 2) avoid the problem of having bikes without cross bars.

I may have solved the second issue - just found that Thule and Yakima offer extendable bars that clip onto a bike lacking a horizontal croosbar.
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Old 07-15-2007, 06:40 PM   #32
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I got our front hitch from E-Trailer.com for about $100.00 and it just bolted on in about 15 min. We use ours to carry the canoe.
Do you go jousting with that?
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Old 07-15-2007, 06:51 PM   #33
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Why not just put the bikes in the trailer, in what for us is the bedroom area? If you're worried about grease all over everything, stick an old sheet on the beds before putting the bikes in. Problem solved. We have towed our trailers thousands of miles with the bikes in that position, with no problem at all. They are 26" adult touring bikes, not the fold up ones.
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Old 07-15-2007, 07:11 PM   #34
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I carry mine, which is a tandem, on the front of my dodge truck. I got two 1 1/4" square recievers and mounted one on each forward frame support using u bolts. I then slipped a 1 1/4" square stock into each of the receivers and secured them with hitch pins. I mounted a 1"x3" channel aluminum on top of the square stock. The channel has a piece of 1 1/2" square tubing welded to each side to support the side load of the bicycle. This rig has carried the tandem bicycle up and down the east coast as well as to the west coast and back. It is easy to remove and very lightweight and fairly inexpensive to fabricate.
The idea came from the front end of the B Van as it has 2" receivers.
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Old 07-15-2007, 07:23 PM   #35
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I have to chime in here about front/rear bike racks and the hitch platforms that add another 4' to the length of the vehicle. Just returned from a cruise with 21 other couples driving hot rods/muscle cars through Flaming Gorge, Jackson Hole, West Yellowstone and Cody.

The number of SUV/trucks with add on bike racks and platforms keeps increasing. Rigs thus equipped screw up parking and present a danger on streets with diagonal parking.

Instead of a cap over the bed of a pickup, use a hard cover with bike racks on the tonnau cover equipped with super HD lifts. Put 'em in your trailer or carry a 4' step ladder so you can put 'em on the roof.
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Old 07-16-2007, 11:51 AM   #36
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We just returned from Bull Shoals AR. Before the trip, I installed a 2" front hitch I purchased online for $90. It was designed for a snow plow and was a direct bolt-on. Installed in about 15 minutes. I needed to mount the bikes on the front as we also carry our Kayaks and have them roof mounted.

The only negative for me was visibility. I used a Yakima 2-bike rack and they sat pretty high. I too am looking for a rack that allows them to sit lower.
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Old 07-16-2007, 12:10 PM   #37
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Hello... We had a near miss when we had our bikes mounted on the front receiver..... too scary.... please make sure your line of sight is not blocked... even partially...
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Old 07-16-2007, 01:13 PM   #38
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In case you missed this before...remove the bike seats. Forward vision will be vastly improved...

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Old 07-16-2007, 02:05 PM   #39
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So is there not a way to reinforce the bumper/rear frame to be able to accommodate a rear hitch bike rack? I would think two bikes and the rack would only add around 100LBS.
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No way am I leaving my bike out there as a bug/whatever catcher. It travels INSIDE where it deserves to be. But it' a pretty serious bike.
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Old 07-16-2007, 05:49 PM   #41
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... But it' a pretty serious bike.
What's special about your bike?

If my Trek could not survive a bug splat or two I would be ... annoyed.

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No way am I leaving my bike out there as a bug/whatever catcher. It travels INSIDE where it deserves to be. But it' a pretty serious bike.
Ditto. I have a Fold-a-Cover and a Bedrug bed liner. My bike lives there.

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