Re: Show Us Your Bike Carrying Wagons

Postby philstar on Mon 19th Mar 2:20pm

jo wrote:I've just bought a 2011 RAV4 5 door. Luckily* I can fit a bike in the "boot" (my seats are usually down), but eventually I'll need to sort a towbar/hitch. Are those hitch-mounted racks like https://www.yakima.co.nz/products/activ ... tch/holdup the go? I have a 27.5+ SC Tallboy if it makes a difference, and the boot opens sideways like a door.

I dont really want a roof mount. While I lose boot accessibility, I'd rather not write my bike off by driving under a tree/arch/garage.

*not really, it was a primary specification


that one looks like it is a ball mount
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but they all seem to be like that now. I like the 2" hitch type. I would also get a light bar (and numberplate holder).

some of this type of rack fold down so you can at least partial open a side hinge door
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Re: Show Us Your Bike Carrying Wagons

Postby jo on Mon 19th Mar 2:48pm

Yeah, I'm thinking a 2" hitch version would be more stable (didnt notice that my example was not one). I dont like how the towball mounted racks tend to rotate (my 29er never used to sit square on a Q spear). :crazy:

I'm not sure about the stability implications of those ones with the hinge? I've known some not to feel very secure - but that was a couple of years ago. And difficult to clip back up. I'd welcome comment from someone with a hinged rack?
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Re: Show Us Your Bike Carrying Wagons

Postby philstar on Mon 19th Mar 3:08pm

jo wrote:I'm not sure about the stability implications of those ones with the hinge? I've known some not to feel very secure - but that was a couple of years ago. And difficult to clip back up. I'd welcome comment from someone with a hinged rack?


its not wheel mount * but my friends have the Thule Q spear equivalent with 2 hinges (spears and upright) and it is as solid as. but I would be also interested in feedback from anyone with a wheel mount with a hinge.

*(what is the correct nomenclature for theses wheel Mont sounds like the rack mount to the spare wheel)
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Re: Show Us Your Bike Carrying Wagons

Postby jo on Mon 19th Mar 4:27pm

No, not after a wheel mount. I did some research (for someone else) and basically you shouldn't open the back door with a bike on the back due to stress on the door hinges.
Looking for a square hitch rack,
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Re: Show Us Your Bike Carrying Wagons

Postby foremannz on Mon 19th Mar 9:02pm

My vehicle is a humble Nissan Wingroad, nothing special, but I do like wagons
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Taking the bikes down to Rotovegas


Roof rack setup is Whispbars with Yakima Frontloaders holding the bikes up - if you want a decent bike carrier, really really look at the Frontloader!
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The Yakima Frontloader holding one of my many bikes
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Re: Show Us Your Bike Carrying Wagons

Postby AgrAde on Mon 19th Mar 10:58pm

I love how roof racks put the mud all over the car in winter :thumbsup:
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Re: Show Us Your Bike Carrying Wagons

Postby philstar on Tue 20th Mar 3:39pm

jo wrote:No, not after a wheel mount. I did some research (for someone else) and basically you shouldn't open the back door with a bike on the back due to stress on the door hinges.
Looking for a square hitch rack,


see confusion by wheel mount I meant hitch platform that mount the bikes by the wheels (as apposed to a spear type that mounts via the top tube).

as a solution if you could not find a 2" hitch type, could you try a 2" square tube with roof rack mounts bolted to it (a friend did this but also made their own roof rack mounts)
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Re: Show Us Your Bike Carrying Wagons

Postby foremannz on Tue 20th Mar 7:00pm

AgrAde wrote:I love how roof racks put the mud all over the car in winter :thumbsup:

You must be driving too slowly then!
In all seriousness, I weighed up practicality vs cost - the roof racks mean I can open the boot whenever I like, and the bikes are held by the wheels, not the frames, which makes a heap of difference with my weird shape Santa Cruz Superlight 29er frame and my carbon road bike frames.
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Re: Show Us Your Bike Carrying Wagons

Postby beater32 on Tue 20th Mar 7:42pm

I've been looking at the Yakima roof option too. Sick of not having boot access for muddy gear. The cost of the cross bars hurts though. Any ideas for cheaper brands? Not sure if the Torpedo7 ones are OK or not.
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Re: Show Us Your Bike Carrying Wagons

Postby foremannz on Tue 20th Mar 8:03pm

beater32 wrote:I've been looking at the Yakima roof option too. Sick of not having boot access for muddy gear. The cost of the cross bars hurts though. Any ideas for cheaper brands? Not sure if the Torpedo7 ones are OK or not.

I have Whispbars but I would prefer to have rounded bars if I could - the wing profile works best if the front and back racks lay inline, otherwise it can twist the racks you install on the bars.
For the cost of whats on my roof, I'm happy to spend that extra 20% for something thats way better quality ...
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