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Old September 8th, 2012, 01:01 PM
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Bike rack recommendation?

Anyone have a bike rack (either spare or hitch mounted) that they like for a '95 NAS 90 with a mantec carrier?
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Old September 8th, 2012, 01:17 PM
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Jeff Payne makes an adaptor for Yakima spare mounts. That way the mantec takes the bike weight. I also had a hitch mount but got rid of it for a couple of reasons ... Firstly rear access was compromised an secondly I had to have a big hitch extension to clear the spare.
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Old September 8th, 2012, 01:40 PM
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I just bought one yesterday. I bought a Yakima for my hitch and got an 8 inch hitch extender and it has worked out well. A little pricey but carries three bike.
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Old September 8th, 2012, 01:41 PM
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Yakama hitch mount

I needed to carry up to 4 bikes so I got the Yakama hitch mount. It required a hitch extension but other than looking weird, it works. I got the rack that can pivot in hopes that I could swing the rack down and get the rear door open. However, it will only open about half way before it hits the rack. The rack is really solid and I would recommend it. I remember it was more than I wanted to spend. If I just had one or two bikes I would get one that mounts to the spare tire.
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Old September 8th, 2012, 03:06 PM
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I've had a Yakima hitch mounted carrier for 8 years, its been used a lot. It swings away from the truck soo it allows easy access to the black door of my SW it clears 265's and 255's with room to spare. Its extremely stable and works fine with no silly extensions etc.
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This one's made by Bell. Great price too.

Hope this helps!
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Old September 10th, 2012, 06:24 PM
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The Jeff Payne/Yakima setup IMO is the best as you can keep the rack on all the time and not need to worry about it getting in the way. The only downfall is the rack holds the bikes by the top tube and it will hit any top tube routed cables. That can be solved by using a stem-to-seatpost bar on most bikes.

At some point I'd like to fabricate a tray that mounts on the spare tire rack. But it's probably a lot harder done then said.

I have an old Sportsworks tray rack that is used for longer distance rides. Thule ended up buying them and use that technology now (as does most other companies).

TufRack is a pretty new company that is rider owned/rider made and their stuff looks burly! http://www.tufrack.com/racks/ Love their test vids.
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Old September 10th, 2012, 06:59 PM
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Thanks for the plugs, I'm happy to help if I can.
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Anyone have any pictures of the JPayne/Yakima situation installed? The spare-mounted seems like the best way to go for a couple bikes and still having access to the back.
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barry posted some pictures a while back .. if you can't find them Josh will know where they are!
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Old September 11th, 2012, 12:16 PM
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Anyone have any pictures of the JPayne/Yakima situation installed?
Go to Jpayne's thread - there is at least one photo in there.
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Old September 11th, 2012, 12:44 PM
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Here is the thread

http://www.defendersource.com/forum/...ad.php?t=34307

Look for a post dated June 26 from bjf and it shows his Sparetime rack with my mount, which you can't see. The factory Yakima mount won't fit our bolt pattern.
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If you want hitch mount, Saris make one that hold 4 bikes. It pivots downward, so when it's unloaded you can get the door with the spare tire open. No extension on the hitch either. Very heavy-duty and well constructed.
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