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#31 Vic Harder

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Posted 13 October 2019 - 02:10 AM

Some folks look puzzled as I have 2" hitch on the front of my truck that I use to move equipment around and into tight spots in the barn. It is very easy to see where you are going. I also store my camper on a wagon that goes in the barn for winter and that is also easier with this set up. If I get a winch it can be mounted both front and rear depending.

Bicycles... I have a bike rack that goes into the 2" hitch in the front. It is nice as the camper rear door is not blocked and the bikes can stay there with a lock. Visibility is also fine and the headlights are not blocked. A bit more weight moved forward as well.

which rack are you using for that front mount?  The wheels on on bike look a little low to the ground... ever crunched those on a steep incline?


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#32 buckland

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Posted 14 October 2019 - 11:48 AM

I think I bought it from Cabela's 25 years ago... it is heavy, made of steel pipe. We drove 4,000 miles through New Brunswick, Maine and though never on bad off road it did fine. My bike ha a crossbar but my wife's has to have an adapter to hang it on the rack and the front wheel is low but a foot of clearance works. I am mindful when pulling into a parking space that the curbing may cause a problem. I would feel more comfortable with it higher and will ponder a fix.


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#33 DextMorg

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Posted 11 November 2019 - 10:58 AM

I know I have seen options for "bike carriers" when I've made reservations for rental vehicles in the past, although I can't remember which company that was. You may just need to make a special request when making the reservation. My guess it would be the truck-style of bike rack though. You're probably better off renting an SUV and doing what DugS suggests. Plus the bike can be locked inside the vehicle when you at the local watering hole refreshing after your ride.
 
If you want to rent a truck, check with United Rentals or possibly UHaul for the best prices and availability. You won't be able to pick it up at the airport though. Maybe a UberXL can get you there. You could also get moving blankets to use as a tailgate pad.
 
Since you are flying with your bike, remember to reserve cargo space with the airline and arrive even earlier than recommended. Have you thought about shipping it directly to your lodging accommodations? I bet costs between shipping through Bike Flights and flying with your bike would be competitive, especially considering the aggravation of navigating through airports with XL items.

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Posted 12 November 2019 - 07:04 AM

What do you guys think about folding bikes? I saw one Xiaomi folding electric bike but not sure if it goes for this price. It was kinda expensive


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