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Old 06-15-2012, 04:03 PM   #11
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Old 07-13-2012, 02:53 AM   #12
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We are going to be loading 3 bikes on the back rack, 1 24" kids BMX and 2 28" adult mountain bikes. It looks like the main grunt of the weight is kept to the frame side of the bumper via the brackets and pins, has this been your observation BigT? It says it can hold 250 lbs plus the tire, so I am wondering if I can still leave the tire on with the 75lbs (guesstimated) of bikes and be ok. There has been a lot of talk about removing the spare regardless.
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Old 07-13-2012, 08:23 AM   #13
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We have had two kids bikes (16-24") on it with our two large mountain bikes, plus the spare stays, no problems yet. The Weeks all look good and there has been no cracking of paint or any other sign of failure. My wife had followed me three different times and says the bikes are solids and don't bounce at all. I think that's key, to keep them tied down well.
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Old 07-13-2012, 08:34 AM   #14
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Do you do anything special to secure them? I am thinking of picking up 6 1/4-20 u bolts to bolt them down.
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Old 07-13-2012, 01:13 PM   #15
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Do you do anything special to secure them? I am thinking of picking up 6 1/4-20 u bolts to bolt them down.
I use four or five REALLY REALLY special bungee cord straps

cheap but so far so good. I may make the wheel holder style show earlier in this post but for now just prop them all up against the verticle bar.
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Rsgtivr6- You should have no problem with the weight as long as it is NOT in a "moment arm". That is the weight moving against or with the lever (which is the rack) while being held by the pins. If the tire is removed, the majority of the weight is lessened and the stress is reduced on the mounting system of the rack. A small dip in the road, and as you travel there are at least 100 in a mile, will increase the weight of the rack by at least twice or more. Many of those while loaded to max 250, will result in a catastrophic failure at some point. I remove the spare and stow in the bed of the TV and have lots of room w/o the bikes in the bed. Just my opinion.
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