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Old March 26th, 2014, 03:42 PM
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4 bike spare mount rack WTF?

Why is it that Britpart is the only company on the planet that has cornered this product market? I can't believe none of the US companies have thought about this. Thule, Yakima, nobody. WTF? The biggest you can find this side of the pond is Allen Sports with a 3 bike.

For those of us with a spare and side opening door (Defender/Disco), all we have as an option other then donating blood for a monstrous swing away is the Britpart piece of crap.

Someone on this forum needs to get busy welding and come up with something better.

POC Britpart POS. Who makes a bike rack with nothing to hold the back on? WTF?


This guy down in Oz does them bespoke, and they are bad ass, but he's charging $640 AU for the 4 bike. Damn
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Old March 26th, 2014, 03:56 PM
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Someone on this forum needs to get busy welding and come up with something better.
I'm in the process of making a tire carrier and a spare mounted bike rack that holds 4 bikes vertically. My carrier will be mounted to the crossmember and have a pivot on my tailgate. So when I open my tailgate, my tire and bike rack open with it. I'll post some pics when it's done.
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Old March 26th, 2014, 04:15 PM
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Old March 26th, 2014, 04:20 PM
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Maybe Jeff Payne can come up with a solution... http://www.jeffpaynedesign.com/shop/...ike-rack-mount

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I have one of those ... setups .... really nice .... not sure i'd want to hang 4 downhill bikes off the mantec though.
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Old March 26th, 2014, 06:09 PM
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I'd be happy to look at this dilemma.
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Old March 26th, 2014, 06:20 PM
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I'll work on the wife with your recommendation. In the meantime, between now and never, I need an interim solution involving conventional bikes.

------ Follow up post added March 26th, 2014 06:22 PM ------

I just sold an expensive swingaway, and I shouldn't have. Now I have to buy another. I hate the swingaways because they are so damn heavy and clumsy to open the back. The spare tire rack would have been perfect. the 3 bike rack I just bought and returned from Allen sport was awesome, for 3 bikes.

It drives me mad that I didn't realize they didn't make a 4 bike spare tire rack until after I let the swing go on craigslist. now I'm clammering to find another.
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Are you mounting 4 bikes? Do you have a hitch? If you do, get a hitch mount one. They have extension pieces that make enough room for the spare. Many hitch mounts pivot down as well to clear an opening door.
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Old March 26th, 2014, 06:23 PM
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Are you mounting 4 bikes? Do you have a hitch? If you do, get a hitch mount one. They have extension pieces that make enough room for the spare. Many hitch mounts pivot down as well to clear an opening door.
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there's your solution Mark.
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I used these on my disco roof rack. Just don't drive into your garage.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/BICYCLE-SKEW...item58acf69d53

Maybe two inside the truck or on the roof and two on the rack?

Four bikes on one rack get beat to crap and it requires something extremely solid to mount to.

Maybe find a used Yakima four bike back that goes into the receiver and cut off the bottom. Fab up something that mounts to the spare tire bolt pattern.
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Anyone have any ideas for 4 bikes? Two adult, two kid.

I can't use a hitch mount one since I am going to have a trailer. I've done the spare mount with the Yakima rack but between the rack and the bikes it really beat up a Disco door- caused a lot of sagging and squeaking. The 110 has a Mantec on it so not sure if I would call that an improvement to just the wheel bolted on the door.

Thoughts on spare vs roof?

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Put a hitch in the back of the trailer?
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Anyone have any ideas for 4 bikes? Two adult, two kid.

I can't use a hitch mount one since I am going to have a trailer. I've done the spare mount with the Yakima rack but between the rack and the bikes it really beat up a Disco door- caused a lot of sagging and squeaking. The 110 has a Mantec on it so not sure if I would call that an improvement to just the wheel bolted on the door.

Thoughts on spare vs roof?

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Anyone have any ideas for 4 bikes? Two adult, two kid.

I can't use a hitch mount one since I am going to have a trailer. I've done the spare mount with the Yakima rack but between the rack and the bikes it really beat up a Disco door- caused a lot of sagging and squeaking. The 110 has a Mantec on it so not sure if I would call that an improvement to just the wheel bolted on the door.

Thoughts on spare vs roof?

Thanks,
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if it's a small, utility-type trailer, you may be able to use something like this for a hitch mount:




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Old April 25th, 2016, 08:21 AM
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Like the rear door needs ANY MORE weight on it.....

I third the hitch mounted option
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Old April 25th, 2016, 08:33 AM
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Used a tow hitch Allen rack for over a decade. Thumbs up even if you need to open the tailgate.

Rear door mounted spares over stress the hinges. Do you really want to add another 60-80lbs to the equation?
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I have a 4 bike Kuat- one heavy sob. Fabbed up a receiver that bolts onto the rack on the Latitude Everest trailer. (Takes 2 people to fit the rack!)The Kuat wouldn't clear the spare on the Everest without an extension, and with the size of the Kuat, really wouldn't want bikes soooooo far away......
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What type of trailer are you pulling? I see bike racks on top of pop up campers all the time as well as a second receiver hitch/bike rack combo on the back of travel trailers.
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Like the rear door needs ANY MORE weight on it..... I third the hitch mounted option
Totally agree. Door and hinges are at their limits with a plus size tire hung on.

I think one bike on the door is max or 2 light bikes.

I like the tray/wheel holder racks as the bikes aren't beating each other up and it's not a jigsaw puzzle taking them on and off the rack.

I would look to rig something on the trailer.
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Old April 25th, 2016, 10:51 AM
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Unless I have other gear to put in there, when I have to haul four bikes I just put them inside the 110, removing the front wheels first of course. Faster to do than fussing with a rack.
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