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Bicycle Rack Questions

As the weather get's nicer, we as a family like to take bike rides and now having the Commander, I'm wondering what's the best way to haul around 4 bikes, three Mountain bikes and a BMX. I was looking at the different racks the dealer offers, one is a Roof Mount, that only carries two, with two set's of racks and then the Hitch Mount, that will do four bikes. I don't have a hitch and was wondering if it's worth getting one, since I don't have anything to haul around, I'd only be getting it for the bikes.

Anyone have experience with either of these or know of some other product that would work?

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Re: Bicycle Rack Questions

Hmmmm......I have the hitch mounted Saris rack....which will hold 4 bikes..I'm not sure that any of the trunk/hatch mounted carriers will do the same but it's worth looking into. It's not that difficult to put a hitch on your Commander....It has been well documented in other threads on this forum.

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Re: Bicycle Rack Questions

I have had both types and I would put on the hitch. Trying to get four bikes on the roof of the commander is too much work for me and by back.
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Re: Bicycle Rack Questions

I like the hitch mounted bike rack. I have used the hitch receiver almost exclusively for the bike rack, but it's good to have the ability to hook up a trailer (recently borrowed a small one from the neighbor and saved myself a $100 delivery fee).

I highly recommend a stabilizer. I have one like this and it works great ...



Search amazon.com for "hitch stabilizer".

Even with only one or two bikes loaded up, the hitch rack will sway like crazy without the stabilizer. Of course ... you don't get tailgaters, either.


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Re: Bicycle Rack Questions

Thanks guy's, I'll go with the hitch and that rack option then. Can you guys post a picture, I would like to see what four bikes would look like on the back of the Commander.
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Re: Bicycle Rack Questions

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I highly recommend a stabilizer. I have one like this and it works great ...

Even with only one or two bikes loaded up, the hitch rack will sway like crazy without the stabilizer. Of course ... you don't get tailgaters, either.
http://bikerackshops.com/SG64020.html

I just ordered on from the above website and saved a few dollars from the one on Amazon. I've never heard of this item before. My bike rack does sway like crazy and is a little distracting although I KNOW it not going to fall off.

Re carrying your bike(s) on a receiver hitch rack, make sure you get one that is "hinged" so that you can pivot the rack with the bike(s) attached back about 45 degrees or so to allow you to open up the tail gate on your vehicle.
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Re: Bicycle Rack Questions

I just installed an aftermarket hitch today and installed the Bike Rack. The Bike rack is nice for 26" or bigger sized bikes, the frames install very easy on to the brackets, but BMX sized bikes really are a pain in the ass to work with, the frame has barely enough room to squeeze on to the brackets and scratching up the under side of the BMX frame happens pretty easy. Installing four bikes can be tricky, you really have to manipulate the bikes to get them all in place. But after you figure it out, it's not that bad and I can't see a better way of hauling around four bikes and the swing down feature is really nice. The hitch stabilizer is a must have for sure, with out it the rack has quite a lot of play, but with it, things are pretty solid.

Thanks again for all the advice.

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I added the pictures today, sorry it took a couple days.
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I added the pictures today, sorry it took a couple days.
That's a bunch of bicycles!

I never carry more than two. Sometimes the front tire will swing around a bit, but I stabilize that by running a bungee around the tires and the rack's pole. It looks like with so many bikes there's not much sway room.


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That's a bunch of bicycles!

I never carry more than two. Sometimes the front tire will swing around a bit, but I stabilize that by running a bungee around the tires and the rack's pole. It looks like with so many bikes there's not much sway room.
LOL When my wife first saw them, she said is that legal?
I do have to tie back the front wheel on the first bike, it's only a few inches from the bumper and it hit's if I don't.
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