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Bike Racks
« on: July 29, 2014, 03:10:59 pm »
I wanted to share that I've been trying some different brands of bike racks to see how well the work with the fiberglass rear cap on the Phoenix Cruiser.

Different racks have their own strengths and weaknesses as it relates to holding the bikes & working with the vehicle they are attached to.

So far, my favorite and least expensive option has been the Allen Sport hitch mount rack available on Amazon.
We use the three bike model (photos attached).

Here is a link to Amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/Allen-Sports-Deluxe-3-Bike-Receiver/dp/B001M4KXDM/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1406663955&sr=8-2&keywords=bike+rack

Strengths:
CHEAP!!!
Easy to put bikes on & off
Our folding child's trailer can be strapped on
Enough clearance for our handlebars to not scratch rear cap

Drawbacks:
This style of hitch does not work well with drop-bar (ladies style) bikes
This hitch comes with a hitch-pin that requires a wrench to tighten.
(This is also a strength because this style of hitch pin vibrates & shakes less!)
No built-in locks

Anyone else have experience with bike racks?
Kyle Herschberger
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Re: Bike Racks
« Reply #1 on: July 29, 2014, 09:22:37 pm »
Kyle

This is how we carry and store our bikes

      

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Re: Bike Racks
« Reply #2 on: July 30, 2014, 07:52:39 am »
That's beautiful! I assumed if you were towing a vehicle, the bikes would have to be mounted to the rear of the towed vehicle. 
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Re: Bike Racks
« Reply #3 on: July 30, 2014, 08:33:16 am »
Kyle

The bikes travel between the PC and the tow vehicle.  When we are ready for a side trip we move the bikes to the car.

Barry
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Re: Bike Racks
« Reply #4 on: August 04, 2014, 10:51:52 pm »
sport rack used on front of city busses can adapt to front trailer hitch and are available on scrap busses they are stainless steel

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Re: Bike Racks
« Reply #5 on: August 17, 2014, 10:55:13 am »
Good Job
   Since a lot of us research things wanted to include my alternative to a bike rack.    http://rvbicycleproject.blogspot.com/
I looked a lot of racks etc but went with the folding bikes... just an alternative..
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Re: Bike Racks
« Reply #6 on: July 30, 2015, 05:08:58 am »
has anyone tried or using the swagman bike rack? We have 2 woman's bikes and that model says it works with low cross bar bikes. does it or another type work w/ the PC? thanks

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Re: Bike Racks
« Reply #7 on: July 30, 2015, 06:46:05 am »
We have the one with the  tire hoops and it's ok.  It's a little loose in the PC hitch, will need to add a shim to prevent it from rocking and the locking mechanism I find can be difficult to release when removing the bikes.  I purchased a cross bar for my wife's bike but ended up not needing it.
Overall I am happy with it.
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Re: Bike Racks
« Reply #8 on: July 30, 2015, 01:43:50 pm »
I see a couple of things to watch out for when installing a bike rack on the back of any PC.

- You will likely need to add an extension bar like this to mount the rack a little farther away from the motor home.  This helps to clear the ladder, spare tire cover, and allows for the rear compartment to open farther.


- Install a "Quiet Hitch" or equivalent to remove any play between the hitch and extension bar


- Install something similar between the extension and bike rack interconnection.  PCs have a class 3 receiver.  Bike racks are most often class 1 so you would need a mini-Quiet Hitch there.

- An ideal bike rack like this would be one where you can pivot the bikes away from the rig to allow better access to the rear compartment.
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Re: Bike Racks
« Reply #9 on: July 31, 2015, 09:19:52 am »
I have no outside storage on my PC except for the small flat one just rear of the passenger door.  I needed a way to carry a grill (preferably not in the wardrobe), chairs, and my bicycle so I did an exhaustive search and found this combo cargo tray/bicycle carrier for only $189.  I like it because the bikes are on the outside of the tray so they won't interfere with the back compartment.  I am going to pick it up this afternoon and will update on how I like it after I use it for a while.  (Sorry if the photo is tiny, it was all I could find and resolution was terrible if I tried to make it any bigger.) http://www.discountramps.com/hitch-cargo-carrier-bike-rack/p/BCCB-BDX/

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Re: Bike Racks
« Reply #10 on: July 31, 2015, 10:19:55 am »
I see the benefits to that platform rack.  Just make sure to use a Quiet Hitch or equivalent or the bikes will sure thrash around a concerning amount.

My brother & wife have a platform similar (no bikes) which he found a zippered weather-proof storage bag designed to work with those types.  They are very happy to have that bag.  He had told me when they were taking ferry rides in the inside passage of Alaska, they would bring it all inside to reduce the RV's over-all length which saved them a lot of ferry money.
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Re: Bike Racks
« Reply #11 on: July 31, 2015, 10:24:31 am »
Thanks, Ron!  I will look into the Quiet Hitch thing and the storage bag.  The bike portion of this removes easily and the basket folds up when not needed so that is nice.  I am taking the MH with me to pick it up so we can see if I need an extender of any sort when the basket is in the folded position.

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Re: Bike Racks
« Reply #12 on: August 04, 2015, 07:54:11 pm »
Just a heads up, if your bikes are carbon fiber you will need a platform rack. You do not want to hang a carbon fiber bike. I purchased a saris freedom super clamp two . They are a little pricey compared to some but not the  highest price by any means.  If your hauling a few thousand dollars worth of bikes however you don't want to skimp on the rack that hauls them.


There was no need for an extension to keep the bikes away from the PC.

Also for anyone needing a way to carry a woman's bike. Saris along with other brands carry a bike beam that can be used to allow the bike to be carried same as a mans model. It connects the stem to the seat tube and cost sunder 40 bucks.   Here is an example.. Hope it helps.

https://www.saris.com/catalog/accessories#filter-31=on

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Re: Bike Racks
« Reply #13 on: August 04, 2015, 11:27:32 pm »
If your hauling a few thousand dollars worth of bikes however you don't want to skimp on the rack that hauls them.
That is some serious bike hardware.  Are you sure it is wise to have multiple thousands of dollars in bicycles outside on a rack like that?  Between theft and the elements, I'd prefer to haul them safe and secure in a trailer or tow vehicle.  We took our bikes on a rack on one trip and everything steel on the bikes (as little steel as there was) got rusty, not to mention the general crud.  Next trip with our new bikes and they will be carefully stored inside the Jeep Liberty.
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Re: Bike Racks
« Reply #14 on: August 05, 2015, 04:38:14 pm »
Ron , well they wont rust being carbon fiber and I have them well secured to the rack. The saris never bounces so no abuse there. If I was going to be gone from the RV for an extended period I might place them inside.  We have a cover to throw over them as well. They come on and off the Saris in seconds  .