> Do y'all prefer wheel or frame mounted hitch racks? Why?
> I just spent the cash to install a 1-1/4" Class I hitch on my Honda
> Prelude. Now, I'm trying to decide which type of hitch rack to buy.
> Based on LBS availability, I've narrowed my choices down to Saris'
> 3-bike "frame-type" rack and Sportworks' 2-bike Transport or Mod
> series "wheel-type" rack. Based on my hitch size and type, I cannot
> upgrade either of these racks to hold additional bikes.
> The factors I'm considering are:
> -I can save $30 or $130 by getting the Saris
> -The Saris will hold 3-bikes vs 2 for the others (I'm not sure how
> good the fit is when actually holding 3 bikes)
> -The Sportworks look more convenient (easy load/unload, no bungee cords
> Which do you prefer? Is one type more stable than another? Am I
> missing any other significant factors? Do the wheel-mounted racks
> hold the bikes more steady than the frame mounted? Do frame-mounted
> bikes tend to hit into one another or the carrying vehicle?
One thing I've found with frame-mount racks is that racks that claim to
hold N bikes will comfortably hold (N - 2) bikes, adequately hold (N-1)
bikes, and carry N bikes only if they are of similar dimension and
you're fastidiously careful how you arrange them.
The rack on our minivan has to hold ***s' and children's bikes of
quite varying sizes, and a trail-a-bike, and the amount of care to make
sure they fit and don't bang into each other takes some time and effort.
I've gotten it down to an art form by now, but it still takes time.
In time the memory of how much money you spent will fade, and all that
you will care about is how the rack works for you day after day.
If you buy the SportWorks rack, you will quickly forget the cost and
wonder why you even considered any other rack. The convenience of
getting the bikes on and off will justify the choice.
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