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Old 11-27-2014, 10:36 AM   #1
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How To Mount Women's Bike on Hitch Bike Rack

Hello - just wanted to see how others are doing this...

I bought a three bike hitch rack to carry one men / two women bikes

http://www.amazon.com/Allen-Sports-D...Q98R50NRTSQ3MD

It looks like I need to buy two bars for the women's bikes so I can put them on the rack level...

Amazon.com : Allen Sports Tension Bar Bicycle Cross-Bar Adaptor : Bike Car Rack Accessories : Sports & Outdoors

Or - is it possible to mount them at a slant and not use the horizontal bar add-on...?

I'm also worried if the add-on bar should come loose during all the bumping down the road.
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Hello WF

You didn't mention the type of women's bike you have. Some can be mounted on that type of rack you have without the added cross bar, but not all.
We have been using a similar set up for twenty years.
The type of cross bar you selected will work fine. The "hook" portion goes around the seat post under the saddle. The opposite end around the handle bar stem and locks. I've seen similar set ups with that type for handle bar stem and they look secure. I have a different style but in essence, they work the same.
You should have no worries with that set up.
I have seen, and has happened to us, where the rubber securing straps on the rack itself, fail.
A bunge cord or two can bring some peace of mind along with a lock and cable.
Not to muddy the waters, but if you have second thoughts about this, check out Saris. They, and others, make bike racks that support the bikes via the wheels, eliminating this all together. I would link this but am not savvy enough to figure it out on my iPad. Lol.
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Old 11-27-2014, 12:51 PM   #3
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Both my Mountain bikes need that bar in order to put them on my rack, I have never had an issue. Make sure the seats and stem are secure enough to hold the weight of the bike. I also use a cable lock and run it through wheels and around the upright bar to hold the bikes together and secure them from theft.
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I used the bar, worked.
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Old 11-27-2014, 05:13 PM   #5
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I carry my wife's 3-wheeler with a crossbar. I also drilled and tapped a 3/8 " hole in the side of my mh hitch and tighten a 3/8" bolt against the bike mount which made the bike rack steady with no side to side movement.
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Old 11-27-2014, 06:45 PM   #6
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Hello WF

You didn't mention the type of women's bike you have. Some can be mounted on that type of rack you have without the added cross bar, but not all.
This is the model of bicycle my wife has. So, I'm pretty sure I will be using a cross bar.
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I use the bar on two of the four bikes we carry. I run a cable thru all the wheels, and lock it to the rack incase a wheel comes loose. Also run a heavier cable thru all the frame and lock to the rack. Little chance for bikes to fall off.
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Old 11-28-2014, 03:29 PM   #8
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We have used the bar on my wife's bike quite a bit. No problem. We bought ours at a bike shop, and then found them at Walmart for a lot less, Check there and some of the other Department stores.
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I am on my third Delta "crossbar substitute" as they call it. The first two have bent and become a hazard. The bar is rated for 50# and the D/W's bike weighs 40#. Go figure. The only reason I keep using a Delta is because they keep sending me new ones...I would not buy another.
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The bar I bought had the release button right where it mounted in the holder. What were they thinking? After looking at various bars and straps, I gave up and bought a rack that supports the bikes by the wheels.
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wfcentral;

Here are some links to what I and others have used or are using. There are other quality companies out there like Thule too. Trek Stores, REI Stores and other bike shops carry most of these brands.


Bike Beam - Saris

Thelma 2-Bike Transport Rack - Saris

Protect-O-Pads - Saris
I like these too. Keeps the bikes from slamming together.

No, I don't work for Saris, they just happened to be manufactured in my backyard.

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