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    New bike rack

    I sold our old bike rack and am looking for a rack that holds 2 bikes that fits on a hitch. We have really heavy bikes so want something that is sturdy, but are casual riders so don't want to spend a ton of money. Any recommendations?

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    Nothing specific, but REI stores nationwide have a garage sale on Saturday. I frequently see bike racks in those. Thule T2 is a solid choice.

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    I have a 2 bike rack I could sell if you are looking for something affordable.

    it is this style.Swagman Platform-Style 2 Bike Rack for 2" Hitches or RV Bumpers Swagman RV and Motorhome Bike Racks S64663

    I was happy with it and the ability to lock bikes on the rack, but I bought a truck and have no need it any more. Its 1 1/2 with an adapter for 2"

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    I picked up my Thule T2 at an REI garage sale for half price. Stout rack.

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    I'm gonna piggyback on this thread as not to create a new/possibly redundant topic.

    I'm looking for two or three of those fork locks. Anybody know of any good deals on them? I'm going to bolt them into a board, have a few legs coming off it to keep it stabilized, and put that in the back of my SUV. Then, when I want to put the bikes in and lock them in, it's easy to install and the bikes are locked up, behind tinted glass, and out of the weather. When the bikes are in the garage, I can just put the mount up in a corner. I figured I'd go ahead and share the idea for anyone else with an SUV. I guess you could do it in the back of a pick up if you have several bikes and don't want them laying on each other - but you may want to strap them down in addition.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shotgun jeremy View Post
    I'm gonna piggyback on this thread as not to create a new/possibly redundant topic.

    I'm looking for two or three of those fork locks. Anybody know of any good deals on them? I'm going to bolt them into a board, have a few legs coming off it to keep it stabilized, and put that in the back of my SUV. Then, when I want to put the bikes in and lock them in, it's easy to install and the bikes are locked up, behind tinted glass, and out of the weather. When the bikes are in the garage, I can just put the mount up in a corner. I figured I'd go ahead and share the idea for anyone else with an SUV. I guess you could do it in the back of a pick up if you have several bikes and don't want them laying on each other - but you may want to strap them down in addition.
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    BOOM. Yessir

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    Quote Originally Posted by shotgun jeremy View Post
    I'm gonna piggyback on this thread as not to create a new/possibly redundant topic.

    I'm looking for two or three of those fork locks. Anybody know of any good deals on them? I'm going to bolt them into a board, have a few legs coming off it to keep it stabilized, and put that in the back of my SUV. Then, when I want to put the bikes in and lock them in, it's easy to install and the bikes are locked up, behind tinted glass, and out of the weather. When the bikes are in the garage, I can just put the mount up in a corner. I figured I'd go ahead and share the idea for anyone else with an SUV. I guess you could do it in the back of a pick up if you have several bikes and don't want them laying on each other - but you may want to strap them down in addition.
    I have these and they rock. I can eat inside a restaurant in peace.

    https://www.rackoutfitters.com/toyot...uck-bike-rack/


    we used these in a different style truck by buying the Toyota rail system for 50 bucks and mounting it to the bed.



    Jeremy, I have one of the non locking ones that you can have. It mounts onto the corner of a board. I got it free in the pay it forward, so its your's for free.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shotgun jeremy View Post
    BOOM. Yessir
    Be sure to know your axle type! There are different ones for through axles.
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    I did something similar when I had a truck. I just bolted them to a 2x4 and could drag the whole thing out of the bed of the truck with them still mounted and it made for a nice bike stand when not in use. Add a 15' kryptonite, lock and wrap around a tree and everything is all secure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FJsnoozer View Post
    I have these and they rock. I can eat inside a restaurant in peace.

    https://www.rackoutfitters.com/toyot...uck-bike-rack/


    we used these in a different style truck by buying the Toyota rail system for 50 bucks and mounting it to the bed.



    Jeremy, I have one of the non locking ones that you can have. It mounts onto the corner of a board. I got it free in the pay it forward, so its your's for free.
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    Be sure to know your axle type! There are different ones for through axles.
    I did not know that. I'll see if the lbs can identify our axles.

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    Does your axle stay in the wheel when you take it off, or do you have to take your axle out to put the wheel on and off?

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    My axel stays attached to the rim. I've never heard of any other type. Is there a benefit to them coming out?

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    Most thru-axles slide through the fork and frame these days. They are stronger and don't flex as much under heavy loads like turning and goig down hills and such. However, you need a different fork and usually wheel/hub to convert. At this point, it may be better to upgrade the bike unless you are already needing to replace one of those parts.

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    Jeremy, based on your comment I'm betting you have a standard 9mm axle with a quick release skewer on the front.

    Here's some good reading on the subject:
    Axle standards explained- Mtbr.com
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    That's a great read up! Yea, mine is a basic quick disconnect 9mm. Until now, I thought there were only two styles - bolt on and quick disconnect. I'm digging those thru axles, but ill probably hold off on that until my next bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by texaskdog View Post
    I sold our old bike rack and am looking for a rack that holds 2 bikes that fits on a hitch. We have really heavy bikes so want something that is sturdy, but are casual riders so don't want to spend a ton of money. Any recommendations?
    Selling mine since I do not use it. I have the hitch lock and all the keys

    Yakima 2" Hitch Mount

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    Raxter Racks

    Been using one of these for nearly ten years. No wheel removal, adapts easily to different hitches, expandable.

    Taken it on many out of state trips, local runs, even ate lunch off of it several times.

    Simple, sturdy, lightweight, rugged, nests bikes in minimal space with no rubbing. Great value.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FJsnoozer View Post
    I have a 2 bike rack I could sell if you are looking for something affordable.

    it is this style.Swagman Platform-Style 2 Bike Rack for 2" Hitches or RV Bumpers Swagman RV and Motorhome Bike Racks S64663

    I was happy with it and the ability to lock bikes on the rack, but I bought a truck and have no need it any more. Its 1 1/2 with an adapter for 2"
    Thanks but that is the kind I just got rid of (though it was a 4 bike style). We have these heavy bikes and we had the problem of the bikes jumping off unless we spent about 10 minutes tying them down and are trying to get something smaller and simple that is easier to handle. Thanks for the offer though!

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    Hi! Anyone here who has some suggestions on truck bed mounting options. Currently searching for truck accessories that could help me transport my family’s bikes. I came across different options like RockyMounts LowBall Track mount. I've read it's good to use for Tacoma. I'm looking at the locking version which basically locks the cam that holds the forks in place. Does anyone have experience with these mounts? Or are there ant other options you may recommend? I am not really looking for “cheap” but I am looking for a good value.

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