Hitch Racks: "Wheel" vs. "Frame" mounted

Hitch Racks: "Wheel" vs. "Frame" mounted

Post by res0om0 » Mon, 05 Aug 2002 09:15:52


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
required)

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?

Thanks in advance for your responses.

Chris

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Hitch Racks: "Wheel" vs. "Frame" mounted

Post by Van Bagno » Tue, 06 Aug 2002 09:49:26


Quote:

> 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
> required)

> 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.

Van

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Hitch Racks: "Wheel" vs. "Frame" mounted

Post by Guy Chapma » Wed, 07 Aug 2002 06:18:11



Quote:
>trying to decide which type of hitch rack to buy

I just drove nearly 300 miles including through mountainous terrain
with my bikes on a wheel-support rack, with no ill effects, so I say:

Definitely the wheel support type.  They are significantly better, not
least because the bikes are better held and separated (sounds like a
1980s bra advert!) so you will have less chance of paintwork and
component damage.  Also, if hit from behind, or reversing, they offer
some degree of protection to the bikes.

Also, invest in a few lengths of plumbers' pipe insulation, the foam
stuff - slit lengthways this provides excellent additional protection
for your paint.

Guy
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Riding every day on a road near you (provided you live near Reading, England).

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Hitch Racks: "Wheel" vs. "Frame" mounted

Post by Dan » Wed, 07 Aug 2002 08:20:04

Quote:

>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.

I've been using the Saris hitch rack for several years and am very happy with
it.  Since the "bat wings" slide on you can offset them so the bikes don't
clash.  If you are a skier, the can be mounted vertically and used as a ski
rack.  I like the rack because the bikes rest on a cradle.  With racks with
arms, I found it difficult to get bikes with shorter tob tubes on the rack.

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Hitch Racks: "Wheel" vs. "Frame" mounted

Post by mark wolf » Tue, 13 Aug 2002 22:36:38

I picked up a Rhode Gear 4 position rack for my minivan.  I hear they've
gone out of business now.  Anyway I'm pretty sure other vendors have more
than 3 positions available.   And like one guy said loading it is an art
with 2 road bikes and 2 bmx bikes.   I did find a long bungee cord looped
through wheels on the bikes helps to keep them straight and wrapping the
post on the rack keeps damage to a minimum.   2 cross country trips later
and my bikes show NO damage from the rack.   Latest I head back to Socal
from Iowa next week and I expect the same. :)  And it is a 1 1/4 hitch on a
Honda Odessey.
Quote:

> 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
> required)

> 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?

> Thanks in advance for your responses.

> Chris

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