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Unread 02-20-2006, 07:10 PM   #1
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Bought a Giant bike carrier a few months back. Carries 5 bikes and is quite versatile (although can't see using it on the trail!).



You can lay it down (has a hinge mount) so you can open the rear door.










Came with a locking pin for the towbar mount and a 12 foot length of plastic coated cable with matching lock and three sets of keys.

Seems to be very stable on the highway when carrying bikes.

Has an extension arm that swings down that ties off the wheels and has a reflector built into the end of it.

Presently I think the mount into the towbar is too long. I may cut off some of the length and drill a new hole for the locking pin to be inserted into. This will bring the bikes a bit closer to the rear door but will not interfer with accessing the door (although you do need to remove the bikes first!)
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Cool. I looked at bike carriers as well a few years back. I got a bike carrier from weathertech.com that swings out to the side. It carries 2 bikes standard, but you can buy an extension which allows you to add 2 more bikes. It has a locking knob at the top for security.

The common problem I found was that you need to cut 2" or so off the reciever portion of the bike rack to avoid it hitting the spare.

Mine looks like this one
http://www.everythingsuv.com/bvg_rev..._rack-esuv.asp
and it works great as you can keep the bikes out of the way when you need to open the hatch.

I love the feature of carrying some bikes on the back as opposed to the roof, so much easier to get on and off. No overhead height concerns or removing wheels.
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I really like the swing out design of your carrier.
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Mine works fine, but it does add a lot of weight to the carrier and i think it stick out a lot further. Teh problem I have is that I have only used mine like 3-4 times in over 2 years. Maybe we need to bike more
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I know this topic is old, but the rack that will work offroad is a Thule T2. Expensive but easy to use and solid, lifetime warranty.

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I know this topic is old, but the rack that will work offroad is a Thule T2. Expensive but easy to use and solid, lifetime warranty.

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Any pics of it?
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http://www.feedthehabit.com/gear_rev...bike_rack.html


Thats a link to a review with pictures.
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http://www.feedthehabit.com/gear_rev...bike_rack.html


Thats a link to a review with pictures.
Looks like a nice rack, but it sticks out too far in the back to be considered workable for offroaqd conditions in the most part. Most bikeracks stick out too far anyway.
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