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post #16 of 37 Old 08-29-2013, 02:01 PM
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post #18 of 37 Old 08-30-2013, 10:40 AM
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Swagman, 4 bike carrier, works great. Usually haul 2 bikes only but once in a while 3. The extra length is great 'just in case'. For BMX or the wife's bike which has an easy entry frame configuration we use a ubar adapter. it fits between and just under the sat and handle bar posts, allows for easier mounting to the rack.

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I've tried quite a few, and the best by far has been the 1Up. Hands down.
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post #20 of 37 Old 08-30-2013, 04:10 PM
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I've tried quite a few, and the best by far has been the 1Up. Hands down.
A few details please?

To what are you comparing the 1up?

How is it better?

How did the others fail?

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Swagman, 4 bike carrier, works great. Usually haul 2 bikes only but once in a while 3. The extra length is great 'just in case'. For BMX or the wife's bike which has an easy entry frame configuration we use a ubar adapter. it fits between and just under the sat and handle bar posts, allows for easier mounting to the rack.

do the bikes hit each other as you are driving? or the spare tire?
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post #22 of 37 Old 09-01-2013, 03:23 PM
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I am interested in getting a bike rack that can hold two bikes for my JK. What do you guys recommend? Something $150 or less if possible
If you've checked out and like the Mopar 2 bike spare tire rack, we have a good used one that we might let go. We got a Yakima instead because I got tired of the screwing/unscrewing the long bolt that locks the bikes on the Mopar.

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post #23 of 37 Old 09-01-2013, 08:57 PM
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do the bikes hit each other as you are driving? or the spare tire?
The bikes sit on there pretty solid and I haven't noticed any movement. But, because I try to be proactive and avoid any unforeseen accidents I do run one of those rubber tie downs you see sitting on the spare tire around the front wheels or handlebars of the bikes to kind of hold them altogether. The cable you see hanging from the rack is a built in cable lock to keep anyone from removing the bikes when I'm elsewhere.
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I have the Yakima Sparetime rack. Have used it fairly heavily over the past 3 years on both of our JK's. It is OK for one road bike on a regular basis, but not for two. I'd also hesitate to use it for a heavier mountain bike... Too much stress on the tailgate, even with stock wheels / tires. You can really notice the spare tire wiggling around with heavier or multiple bikes on board. I've seriously considered the Terraflex HD tailgate hinge / spare tire carrier reinforcement setup just so I can continue using the rack without risk of destroying my tailgate and even possibly my bike. The convenience of not having to fold or remove the bike rack to open the tailgate is pretty awesome, though.

If the rack you buy uses rubber straps to secure the top tube (yakima secures the seat tube too), keep an eye on the straps as they do degrade over time. I replaced all 6 of mine this season.

We keep a Thule hitch receiver platform rack on my wife's KK... I like it much more than the Sparetime rack.

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Here are some pictures of the 1Up USA rack. Mine is customized to accommodate our 6ft wheelbase tandem in the first position, which can be adjusted to accommodate normal wheelbase bikes by moving two bolts.

It is the two bike 2" base rack with an additional add-on tray for the third bike. The three bikes pictured on the rack weigh in around 120lbs.

Here is a link to the 1Up USA racks website: http://1upusa.com/bicycleracks.html
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Here are some pictures of the 1Up USA rack. Mine is customized to accommodate our 6ft wheelbase tandem in the first position, which can be adjusted to accommodate normal wheelbase bikes by moving two bolts.

It is the two bike 2" base rack with an additional add-on tray for the third bike. The three bikes pictured on the rack weigh in around 120lbs.

Here is a link to the 1Up USA racks website: http://1upusa.com/bicycleracks.html
That's pretty big. Does it catch a lot of wind or affect driving at highway speeds?
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post #27 of 37 Old 09-03-2013, 09:47 AM
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Those 1up racks look terrible. Lol
Might as well get a big motorcycle carrier hanging off the back, or just get a standard hitch mounted rack and bolt the bikes on or something.
I'm sure they're built well, I've seen them recommended other places too, but I don't care to store something that big or have something that big hanging off of the back of the jeep. I prefer to keep the bike higher up and still be able to use the jeep off road a bit. Lately I'm thinking about installing some locking fork mounts on the back of my top, and hanging them on the back with the rear tire strapped to the bumper.
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post #28 of 37 Old 09-03-2013, 03:29 PM
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The tandem doesn't catch anymore wind on the 1Up than it does hanging from a Thule.

My bikes wheels, especially the 2nd and 3rd positioned ones, are higher off the ground than they are when suspended from my Thule rack that swings out to the side to allow for access to the rear of the Jeep.

The standard 1Up that folds takes less space to store than an ordinary hitch mounted rack.

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post #29 of 37 Old 09-03-2013, 04:15 PM
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The tandem doesn't catch anymore wind on the 1Up than it does hanging from a Thule.

My bikes wheels, especially the 2nd and 3rd positioned ones, are higher off the ground than they are when suspended from my Thule rack that swings out to the side to allow for access to the rear of the Jeep.

The standard 1Up that folds takes less space to store than an ordinary hitch mounted rack.
Really? No way. Unless it folds up like some kind of Origami.

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post #30 of 37 Old 09-03-2013, 05:49 PM
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Really? No way. Unless it folds up like some kind of Origami.
Well, it doesn't catch enough to create noticeable drag and it certainly stays steadier than it does hanging on the Thule.

With the 1Up, less of the rear wheel sticks out past the side of the Jeep than it does when on the Thule since the 1Up centers the tandem and the Thule creates it being off-center by about 6 to 10 inches due to needing the anti-sway cradle to be against the seat-tube...

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