Bike Rack Options??

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I definitely need one. Just need my Jeep first



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I'm planning on putting it inside. Less likely to get stolen. Less debris and weather hitting it. No need to put a rack on and off the back. No large up front cost, and no need to store it when it's off. Less bouncing around compared to a tow hitch rack. You could probably put up to 4 mounts on there. With the rear seats down you could get 4 bikes in. Or you could get 2/3 bikes in depending on if you had the 40/60 portion of the back seat down.

The fork mounts are about $20 each.

Obviously you'd lose some storage space in the back if you're going on a longer trip, so it wouldn't work in all cases.

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1up USA Bike rack :

Fits with hitch extender. 33 tire clears 1 up rack when opening. (Barely) Slightly rubbing the first day - it didn't after 1 day of use. Just put a foot on the rack and it clears fine.
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1up for me as well. I've had one for 4 years now, and it's been terrific. It holds the bikes very securely, and is the easiest rack to use of any that I've ever tried. No worries about a bike working loose at speed on a bumpy dirt road. Just a solid piece and made in the USA.

https://www.1up-usa.com/
 

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1up USA Bike rack :

Fits with hitch extender. 33 tire clears 1 up rack when opening. (Barely) Slightly rubbing the first day - it didn't after 1 day of use. Just put a foot on the rack and it clears fine.
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How long is your extender hitch to clear the tailgate?
 

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Speaking of the 1up Bike rack, does anyone here use one with the add-on extensions for a total of 4 bikes? I'm needing a rack for up to four bikes, and it seems as though options are pretty limited for that many on a single rack.
Yes, I use the 1up 7.5" extension with my rack, and I've hauled 4 bikes around many, many times, both road and mountain. I have the 2" heavy duty double with 2 add ons; it's rated for 50 pounds per bike with a max of 4 bikes for a total of 200 pounds. They also have a 2" super duty double which can handle a total of 275 pounds if you have a couple of really heavy bikes.

I have this one - https://www.1up-usa.com/product/2in-heavy-duty-double-bike-rack/ with two of these - https://www.1up-usa.com/product/rack-add-on/

The super duty versions are this - https://www.1up-usa.com/product/2in-super-duty-double-bike-rack/ and this - https://www.1up-usa.com/product/super-duty-rack-add-on/

After 4 years of use, my rack still looks almost new and works just like new. The only maintenance has been cleaning it occasionally and spraying a bit of white lithium grease in the pivot points. Someone backed into my rack in a parking lot one time and bent one of the trays. 1up sells the parts separately, so I was able to just buy a new tray for $84 and bolt it on, good as new.
 

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I have a Raxster because I didn't want to have to deal with the hitch extension. It has an option you can order it with longer tube so you don't have to put on extension. I take my rack on and off a lot so I looked for hitch racks that didn't need the extension (there are very few). I had a Saris hitch rack which worked fine but was a bit heavy and required the hitch extension.

The Raxster also has 'auto-nesting' feature that makes putting on multiple bikes very easy when the seats, handlebars etc. would otherwise interfere with each other.

The have 1, 2 and 4 bike options.

http://www.raxterracks.com/index.cfm?id=3&prodID=5
 

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Yes, I use the 1up 7.5" extension with my rack, and I've hauled 4 bikes around many, many times, both road and mountain. I have the 2" heavy duty double with 2 add ons; it's rated for 50 pounds per bike with a max of 4 bikes for a total of 200 pounds. They also have a 2" super duty double which can handle a total of 275 pounds if you have a couple of really heavy bikes.

I have this one - https://www.1up-usa.com/product/2in-heavy-duty-double-bike-rack/ with two of these - https://www.1up-usa.com/product/rack-add-on/

The super duty versions are this - https://www.1up-usa.com/product/2in-super-duty-double-bike-rack/ and this - https://www.1up-usa.com/product/super-duty-rack-add-on/

After 4 years of use, my rack still looks almost new and works just like new. The only maintenance has been cleaning it occasionally and spraying a bit of white lithium grease in the pivot points. Someone backed into my rack in a parking lot one time and bent one of the trays. 1up sells the parts separately, so I was able to just buy a new tray for $84 and bolt it on, good as new.
Thanks Panda, that's good to hear. I have an original trainer from 1Up that I bought probably 10+ years ago, and besides some initial bearing issues it's been fine ever since. They were always good with support back in the day, so good to hear it hasn't changed.

1 other question, how difficult is it to reconfigure it from 2-4 bikes via the addons? If I had to guess I'd be fine with 2 about 80% of the time, but with the family need to have more capacity sometimes.
 

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Thanks Panda, that's good to hear. I have an original trainer from 1Up that I bought probably 10+ years ago, and besides some initial bearing issues it's been fine ever since. They were always good with support back in the day, so good to hear it hasn't changed.

1 other question, how difficult is it to reconfigure it from 2-4 bikes via the addons? If I had to guess I'd be fine with 2 about 80% of the time, but with the family need to have more capacity sometimes.
It takes a couple of minutes to attach each add on. You just have to loosen two bolts a few turns with the same wrench that is used for the hitch attachment. The add ons have keyhole shaped holes in them that you put over the two bolts, slide it sideways to the smaller part of the holes, and then a few turns to tighten each of the bolts. The attachment is very solid. You could also keep two add ons attached together and then just mount them to the rack together.

During biking season, I normally leave the rack on all the time with one add on installed for a 3 bike configuration. That covers me 90% of the time. Since I have to tilt the rack up and down quite a bit, I usually don't install the add on for the 4th bike except for when I need it, because the added reach makes it more difficult to do the tilting of the rack. It's still not hard, but it's not so effortless as it is when it's set up for just 2 or 3 bikes.
 

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I have a Raxster because I didn't want to have to deal with the hitch extension. It has an option you can order it with longer tube so you don't have to put on extension. I take my rack on and off a lot so I looked for hitch racks that didn't need the extension (there are very few). I had a Saris hitch rack which worked fine but was a bit heavy and required the hitch extension.

The Raxster also has 'auto-nesting' feature that makes putting on multiple bikes very easy when the seats, handlebars etc. would otherwise interfere with each other.

The have 1, 2 and 4 bike options.

http://www.raxterracks.com/index.cfm?id=3&prodID=5
The Raxter was my second choice when I was looking. I liked the fact that the Raxter was lighter and cheaper than the 1up, but there were a number of things I liked about the 1up better. The main thing was that I preferred the 1up ratcheting mechanism to hold the arms in place versus using velcro straps; I can put a bike on my rack in less than 10 seconds without rushing, and it also does the 'auto-nesting' like the Raxter. I also like the all metal construction of the 1up, and the stock 1up hitch mount mounts securely in the receiver where it can't rattle around. For the Raxter you need to get a special accessory to mount the rack solidly in the receiver, which eats up a bit of the price advantage.

It takes me 2 or 3 minutes to install or remove the receiver extension, but since I generally only do this once or twice a year when I take the rack off, it's not a big deal. You could also just leave the extension attached to the rack when you take the rack on and off with the 1up. I think if I were taking the rack on and off frequently like you are, the 10 to 15 pounds lower weight of the Raxter would make a bigger difference than the receiver extension; the 1up is a bit heavy and ungainly to be taking it on and off all the time. When the Raxter is installed, can you open the rear door, or do you have to take the rack off?

Edit: One thing that I really like about both the Raxter and the 1up, is that there's just about zero chance of the rack damaging the bikes. A lot of racks allow the bicycles to move around too much, especially in windy conditions or offroad, or if you're not careful in how you put the bike on the rack you can damage it.
 
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