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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-03-2013, 05:38 PM Thread Starter
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Which hitch mount bike carrier?

I put a hitch on the Focus and want a carrier for 3, probably 4, bikes. I've seen a Schwinn at Walmart for $99 and a Thule at a bike shop for $219. So anyone have experience with them that could tell me why not to buy cheapest? It would be for short hauls


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What kind of bikes? I'll sell you my top bar holder for $25. It holds 3 bikes, although it's not terribly easy to use. Bikes with extreme angles for the top bar may not work that well with it, either. Since I went carbon, I'm too afraid to clamp down the top tube with the old rack.

The racks that support the bikes by the tires/wheels are much more secure and safer than the racks that hang the bikes. But they are also more expensive.

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Hmmmm...my bike is carbon-fiber frame. Didn't think about clamping on that. I might end up dragging around the trailer. What kind are you selling? Might still be good for hauling kids bikes between their moms and my house


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It's probably not a good idea for carbon. For a 1.25" receiver.

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Thule T2 916xtr or Kuat nv2. I had the Thule 916xt (older version of the xtr) and it was great. KC6 has the Kuat and it works well also. My bike was on it a few times and I have no complaints.

The Saris Freedom 2 that I currently have has scratched 3 carbon frames. I'll never buy anything that holds onto the frame again. Have someone kick you in the balls if you want to know what a scratched frame feels like.
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I've got the Kuat Sherpa. Spendy but its very solid, had it for 3 years now. Not really cost effective for occasional bike transport, but if you do it often and have a good amount invested in the bike its worth it over time.

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Sears carries there own branded top boxes and carriers systems for bikes, kayaks and paddleboards. After researching I didn't want to blow the money on the Thule, I had looked closely at the Sears stuff and thought "crap this is identical except for the name plate" checked the Sears website for mounting instructions and if it would work on the Outback, the PDF file was directly from Thule! So I bought the Sears branded stuff and saved @$400. Point is don't get hung up on a brand.

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I have the same one as Sup's in the Thule 3-Bike version. Both my bikes are carbon and I have no problem with using it. You really do not need to tighten it as much as you think to secure the frame; at least not to the point where you are worried about compressing the top tube.

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