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bumper mounted bike rack

Unread postby Zinger on Sun Jun 15, 2008 6:43 pm

Well I need a bumper mounted 4 place bike rack looking for suggestions pros and cons and figured you might be able to help.
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Re: bumper mounted bike rack

Unread postby MCBOWERS on Sun Jun 15, 2008 8:48 pm

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Greg thats a lot of bikes for 1 rack.I don't know what u drive but a pickup bed is the safest,rear of TT the worst place.I've seen 3 mounted on the TT above the batteries & 3 on a truck front bumper .I carry 2 on the back of my truck above the hitch[no tailgate].
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Re: bumper mounted bike rack

Unread postby Limey on Sun Jun 15, 2008 10:56 pm

Last place I'd put a bike rack is on the back bumper - especially for four bikes. I saw two of them in the middle of the freeway in a two day span in Colorado Springs last year, and then again one fell of a fifth wheel on I70 just west of Denver right in front of me. I carry two bikes and put them inside the trailer wrapped in a mover's blanket, so as to protect everything from scratches etc. If I am not towing the boat I can put a rack in the hitch on the rear of the fiver, but no way would I mount one on the bumper.
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Re: bumper mounted bike rack

Unread postby Mike and Rose on Mon Jun 16, 2008 6:49 pm

As Limy stated, weigh may be a major issue with 4 bikes attached to a bumper mounted rack. I have seen some people have a hitch put on the front of their truck and use a bike rack that slides into the hitch. Thule has one that hold 4 bikes.
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Re: bumper mounted bike rack

Unread postby Zinger on Mon Jun 16, 2008 6:51 pm

good points this is what I was looking at but you have made me reconsider I dont need to lose any bikes and kill someone.

http://www.amazon.com/Swagman-Bumper-Mount-Bike-Rack/dp/B000SLL8OS/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&s=sporting-goods&qid=1213551625&sr=1-3
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Re: bumper mounted bike rack

Unread postby csham on Tue Jun 17, 2008 7:53 am

Greg,

I have considered this rack from Swagman.

http://www.swagmanbikeracks.com/shopnew ... 274&page=1

It only hold 3 bikes so you would still need to find someplace to put the 4th bike...maybe inside as Limey does.
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Re: bumper mounted bike rack

Unread postby cwit on Tue Jun 17, 2008 1:45 pm

Zinger do you think you could put a 18 in. extension between your truck and camper and put your bike rack to that. I have done this with a 25 ft tt and the torsion bars worked just fine. just a thought.
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Re: bumper mounted bike rack

Unread postby Zinger on Tue Jun 17, 2008 5:38 pm

?? I am twing about 6000# I dont really like the idea of an extension but really dont know much about them??
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Re: bumper mounted bike rack

Unread postby Limey on Tue Jun 17, 2008 6:38 pm

Zinger wrote:?? I am twing about 6000# I dont really like the idea of an extension but really dont know much about them??


The towbar extensions reduce the capacity of the hitch by at least 30% (towing capacity as well as tongue capacity)- so probably not a good idea! Not so bad if You are towing a very light trailer of maybe a boat, but when I had a TT I needed all the capacity that my hitch could give me! :)

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12" From Hole To Hole On Bottom Tube
7" From Hole In Receiver to First Contact of Upper Tube
Two 2" Tubes
Upper Is For Accessories, Which is 4 3/4" Above the Bottom One
Lower Is For Towing
You Lose 1/3 of Both The Towing Capacity and Tongue Weight of Your Hitch
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Re: bumper mounted bike rack

Unread postby Zinger on Tue Jun 17, 2008 9:12 pm

Limey wrote:
Zinger wrote:?? I am twing about 6000# I dont really like the idea of an extension but really dont know much about them??


The towbar extensions reduce the capacity of the hitch by at least 30% (towing capacity as well as tongue capacity)- so probably not a good idea! Not so bad if You are towing a very light trailer of maybe a boat, but when I had a TT I needed all the capacity that my hitch could give me! :)

The info below is from This Site
2" Combo Stack Bar
For 2" Receivers Only
Allows For Mounting Bike Carriers While Towing
12" From Hole To Hole On Bottom Tube
7" From Hole In Receiver to First Contact of Upper Tube
Two 2" Tubes
Upper Is For Accessories, Which is 4 3/4" Above the Bottom One
Lower Is For Towing
You Lose 1/3 of Both The Towing Capacity and Tongue Weight of Your Hitch
Corrosion Resistant Black Epoxy Finish


thank you limey I assumed it would reduce capacity I notice a difference depending on what hole I use in my hitch and that is only about a 2 inch difference.
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Re: bumper mounted bike rack

Unread postby MCBOWERS on Wed Jun 18, 2008 1:28 pm

Greg.help us out here,where are u carrying those bikes NOW ???
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Re: bumper mounted bike rack

Unread postby Limey on Wed Jun 18, 2008 3:06 pm

MCBOWERS wrote:Greg.help us out here,where are u carrying those bikes NOW ???


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Re: bumper mounted bike rack

Unread postby Zinger on Wed Jun 18, 2008 8:28 pm

in the back of the truck with the wood ,cooler,and gas grill kind of a pain but it works and I am working on the pic in my sig Ill try to get it smaller tonight ran out of time last night.
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Re: bumper mounted bike rack

Unread postby Zinger on Wed Jun 18, 2008 8:58 pm

cant seem to get the siz right oh well
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