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Old 03-29-2015, 08:50 PM   #1
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Whats a good bike rack to get that dosn't have the bikes hanging from rack??
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Old 03-29-2015, 08:54 PM   #2
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here is the one I bought and like Swagman XTC-2 2-Bike Platform Rack for 1-1/4" and 2" Trailer Hitches Swagman Hitch Bike Racks S64670
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Old 03-29-2015, 11:19 PM   #3
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Old 03-29-2015, 11:35 PM   #4
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I have a Thule TH990XT like this one from etrailer.com:

Thule Doubletrack Platform-Style 2 Bike Rack for 1-1/4" and 2" Hitches - Hitch Mount Thule Hitch Bike Racks TH990XT

I added LED lights from etrailer.com as below (running lights and right turn signal on in the first pic) so I could put a cover over the bikes and still have tail lights and turn signals.

Pics are sort of in reverse order of making it. Got some 1-1/4" aluminum 1/8" thick, and some angle brackets. The Thule uses carriage bolts, so I got some longer ones. Had to drill a couple new holes and file them square for the carriage bolts, then painted it all black. Used a 4 pin plug. I wired a 4-pin jack into the trailer wiring for when it's on the Roo. When I put it on the truck, I have a 7-pin to 4-pin adapter.

The 2 bike cover they sell is too small for mountain bike type handle bars (might be OK for road bikes with the drop handle bars). I ended up buying a large grill cover from The Cover Store. Works just fine.
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What I believe you are after are known as "platform racks". With platform racks, the bike tires sit in trays similar to a roof rack. Some of the better ones are the Thule T2 (as mentioned above), Kuat NV, Saris CycleON, 1upUSA (my favorite but out of my price range), and the Yakima Holdup. IMHO, ANY platform rack is going to be better than the "hanging" style racks for a number of reasons.
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