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Old 01-29-2012, 04:06 PM   #1
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Question Bike rack on R-Pod 177

Well,

At first, excuse my English as it is not my first language.

We just bought a 2012 R-POD 177 yesterday. As we live in Quebec City (and his snow and winter carnival), we will take possession by the end of April.

My first question is: if I remove the spare tire at the back, can I put a bike rack for two bicycles ? One is electric and his weight is about 35 pounds, the other one is a regular bike (18 pounds approx)

My second question is: can the frame resist to a weight of approximatively 70 pounds, including the bike rack wihtout being damaged ? Our roads are usually rough, sometimes very rough.

My third question is: what kind of bike rack would you put ?

If you can help me on this, I woud appreciate.

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Old 01-29-2012, 04:37 PM   #2
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no, you'll be sorry if you do.

to achieve what you want, on an ultralight frame, you'll have to have a receiver welded and braced, to the frame, at a welding shop.
of course, this will void your frame warranty.

ultralight bumpers and tire mounts are unable to stand the bouncing and flexing, that bikes on a rack will do.
your R-pod has no shocks and you'll find your bikes and the rack, bouncing down the road. especially rough roads.

as an avid bicyclist, regular bikes don't weigh 18 pounds. that's would be the weight of super light/expensive road bikes.
i suggest actually weighing them.

you'd be better off carrying the bikes on the tow vehicle.
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Old 01-29-2012, 05:19 PM   #3
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Hi,

There's one important thing I forgot to mention, there is already a 1 1/4 inch hitch on the trailer. The spare is mounted on.

But I will have to see at a welding shop if there's something possible.
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well, if there's a 1 1/4" receiver already on there, you need to talk to your dealer or FR's Rpod department about bike racks in it or what the receiver's capacity is.
one thing different is that the spare tire is held close to the trailer, whereas bikes are held out farther, thus creating more flexing when the trailer bounces.
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