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1HAPPYHOUSEWIFE's Photo 1HAPPYHOUSEWIFE Posts: 80
7/21/09 10:54 A

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Thanks HPTD,

Honestly, that never occured to me. I hate to confess that I'm such a novice to biking that I have never even taken my front tire off. I assume now that it must be fairly easy to slip on and off for transport.

You're right, as for now, I am only looking to transport one bike, but I am hoping that my husband will soon gain more interest in riding, too. He has gone with me a couple of times. My sons think I ride waaaay to far and absolutely won't ride with me unless I stay in the neighborhood!!

Thanks for your help. I didn't know I had so many options on bike transporting.

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7/21/09 9:36 A

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1HHW,

Since you have a Suburban and only want to transport one bike (at least for now) how about putting the bike inside?

Get a 2'W x 4'L piece of 3/4" plywood and attach this:
www.rackoutfitters.com/car-racks/pc/
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To carry your bike, simply remove the front wheel and secure the bike using the truck mount.

I have a friend who can carry 6 bikes in a van using a similar setup. Great for bike security and when weather is in issue.

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7/20/09 11:39 P

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Thanks to everyone that replied. This has been more helpful than you know. At least now I feel like I know what to ask for when I enter the bike shop rather than being at their complete mercy.

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7/20/09 3:32 P

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Also, check craigslist.org for your area. Last year i bought a Saris hitch mounted for 4 bike rack for $75.00. I love it. You can tilt the rack down to get inside the mini van without removing the whole rack. You would be surprised of the deals on craigs once you know what you want for a rack.

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7/20/09 3:24 P

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We just got one for our Jeep and it mounts to the spare tire. This can also be a good option and is pretty solid.

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7/20/09 11:37 A

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Since you already have a trailer hitch a hitch rack is probably your best bet. They are more expensive than the racks that strap on but hitch mounted racks are quicker to install as well as more solid and safe.

I used to be a big fan of roof racks but when I got a Miata that was no longer an option. Ever since getting my 1st hitch rack I've been hooked on them. It is true that if I get rear-ended my bikes are toast but they are so much easier to access (think of lifting bikes on top of your Surburban!) and I get better gas mileage with bikes on back instead of top.

As far as brands go I used to sell bike racks and I'm a fan of Thule (pronounced tooly) and Yakima. They are expensive but worth it. Grabber and Avenir used to make cheap but decent racks but I don't know if they are still sold. There are some newer brands that I'm not familiar with so I can't comment on them but if your local bike shop recommends them they are probably a pretty good bet.

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7/19/09 10:41 P

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Yes, it does have a hitch.

Enjoyed your Daisy Duck story on your Spark Page!

They that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.
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7/19/09 9:57 P

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Do you have a hitch on the Suburban?


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Hello,

I'm pretty new to Spark People and have really enjoyed it thus far, particularly this group and its bounty of information.

Anyway, I am looking at purchasing a bike rack for our Suburban so that I can venture into some different areas. I'm getting kind of tired of the same old routes, even though I am very fortunate to have very scenic ones. I don't need a rack for long distances, just a few miles down the road to have a new starting point.

My question is, are bike racks all about the same, or are there some that I should definitely steer away from?

Thanks in advance for any advice.

They that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.
Isaiah 40:31


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