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Old 05-31-2017, 04:43 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Does anyone utilize a bicycle rack on their Beca?
I have an 08 limited. Is rooftop the way to go?
I don't have the tow package. What brand is best?
Any suggestions? Thank you!
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Old 05-31-2017, 05:51 PM   #2 (permalink)
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We put a hitch on specifically for our bikes, the hitch is so cheap and easy to do. I have heard for long distance and frequent use roof top mounts are more secure, but we rarely drive far to go for rides.
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Old 05-31-2017, 08:02 PM   #3 (permalink)
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A hitch mount is a easier to use, less likely to damage your vehicle taking them up or down, and you never forget there there, and go through a drive through the hard way.



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Old 05-31-2017, 08:10 PM   #4 (permalink)
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There is that ^ to consider as well.

The real question is how often will you use it and what type of security do you need?

The best racks are going to probably be made by Thule or yakima or possibly some other brand I've never heard of. Whatever you decide I would steer clear of any universal tailgate mounted rack.
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Old 05-31-2017, 08:54 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Agree, 2" receiver and a hitch mounted rack is what we did. We like our Swing Daddy Yakima. 7 hour drive to moab with 4 bikes, no problem. Purchased used from REI garage sale
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Old 05-31-2017, 09:06 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I would have to go out to the garage and try and find my mount, since the kids moved out and took the mountain bikes with them, I haven't had a need for it.

That, and this is my current bike here......


This was taken this weekend at the Mt. Ashland Oregon ski area, the mountain in the background is Mt. Shasta California.

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Old 06-03-2017, 08:42 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I have a bike mount that I use on my Becca. I will take a pic of it when I can. It is not a roof top mount though. I wouldn't want one of those anyway. I'll give specifics when I reply in a few days when I get my mount on.
Here is the one I use. It is so easy to mount I did it myself in under 40 min.
https://www.etrailer.com/Trailer_Hit...ite/75401.html

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I'm interested in this as well.
Need both the hitch and the bike rack
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I have the factory hitch and use this with it https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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I also have the Allen bike rack. Mine has a quick release pin to swing it down to open the hatch instead of the pin. For the price it's a solid rack.
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2" hitch and bike rack.
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Thanks for all the information, it sure will help me make a decision
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I would have to go out to the garage and try and find my mount, since the kids moved out and took the mountain bikes with them, I haven't had a need for it.

That, and this is my current bike here......


This was taken this weekend at the Mt. Ashland Oregon ski area, the mountain in the background is Mt. Shasta California.
Great framing of the mountain!
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Does anyone utilize a bicycle rack on their Beca?
I have an 08 limited. Is rooftop the way to go?
I don't have the tow package. What brand is best?
Any suggestions? Thank you!

I have used three setups, currently two.
--roof mounted on car;
--roof mounted on trailer;
--hitch mounted.

The roof mounted racks are lots of work, are useless off-road, increase dramatically the height and require you to not forget this. It is also impossible to secure the bikes properly against theft since the rack locks are laughable.

Mounted on my small fiberglass trailer, the roof racks are easy to use. A chain goes from the metal frame through all the bike frames to the other end of the frame. I use a Pewag 7mm security chain for that. It looks small but it is plenty to secure the bikes (you can use Pewag 10 mm for high-end bikes, but it is much heavier, I use it for the trailer itself). These are the real deal, not your bike store chains. You will need proper locks, too, to make the package work. There are good locks that work with the 7mm and great locks that work with the 10 mm chain.

Of course, it is not always convenient to move around with a trailer qua bike rack. So, I also have a hitch mount rack. I went as cheap as I could with this one, a 47$ generic from ebay that can hold 4 (!) bikes. It blew me away. While the thing is aesthetically awful and quite wobbly, the bikes are very secure on it and in fact I even took it offroad with success. It was a short (5 miles total) and easy trail but a trail, not a dirt road. It was bumpy enough for the test. I also used it on about 50-60 miles of dirt roads without issues. This was IMPOSSIBLE with the roof racks. With this setup the locks are irrelevant. I just use my chain and lock the bikes to the hitch.

So, a high-end hitch carrier like the Yakima Swing Daddy (which I almost bought before buying a trailer), should be the best single option. Easy access to the rear is important on longer trips.
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Got a brand name for the hitch mounted? I was just going to weld one up, but 47 bucks maybe not worth the time if it's decent.
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Got a brand name for the hitch mounted? I was just going to weld one up, but 47 bucks maybe not worth the time if it's decent.
I got this but from a different seller, I think, and I paid 44.95.

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I don't know why my pics aren't posting of my set up. Sorry. I've tried multiple times.
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. Here goes nothing. Lol.
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