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Old 01-04-2014, 07:19 PM   #1
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Taking Bikes to Arizona

Planning to leave Atlanta early next month for St David/Benson AZ area for 2-3 months. DW wants to take our bikes with us so after considerable research on this forum and elsewhere I got busy. First step was to install a receiver hitch on the Jeep Liberty we tow. Got a Curt Mfg class III and installed it today. Fairly easy to do....no cuttng or welding....just bolt on. Only difficulty I had was getting the hitch in place so I used my hydraulic jack and lifted it up there. Next I purchased a Swagman XTC2 rack and a couple accessories ie, locking cable/pin and a special bar made for ladies bikes to secure it. Here's a couple pic's and questions. Should I get some type of cover to protect them during the trip? If so what would you suggest? Would a grill cover work? Also how do you prevent the chain and gears from rusting? Is there a spray coating that can be applied as a preventative. Thanks for your input.
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a grill cover sounds good to me, A liberal coating of silicone or WD 40 on the gearing and sprockets would be plenty. Just a good cleaning wiping with a rag when you get to where you re going would be a good idea,

Tucson is a biking mecca. Rincon Country West Resort there has an active biking club.
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Bicycle chain lube works great. Thats what its made for. Boeshield T-9 is waterproof.
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What about the tail lights??
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They look like good bikes, I'd find a cover/bag to enclose them.
Things get pretty nasty back there if you have any weather.
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Mesa Verdi National Park, September 2013, on the side of the road in the park............ said he couldn'tldn't see my plate on my Jeep.......Bikes were on the rack.....
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Mesa Verdi National Park, September 2013, on the side of the road in the park............ said he couldn'tldn't see my plate on my Jeep.......Bikes were on the rack.....
Draw his attention to the one on the front of your rig!
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Draw his attention to the one on the front of your rig!
We are from Pa. We are "rear mounted" only
No front plates.....other than this.....Glad he didn't go up front......to look
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Thanks everyone for the input. Since this is our first time taking bikes I did not think about being able to see the toads plates or tail lights.

palehorse89.....at least your officer was smiling. What if anything did he make you do?

Would be just my luck to get stopped by an officer who got up grumpy that morning.
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Thanks everyone for the input. Since this is our first time taking bikes I did not think about being able to see the toads plates or tail lights.

palehorse89.....at least your officer was smiling. What if anything did he make you do?

Would be just my luck to get stopped by an officer who got up grumpy that morning.
He smiled when the DW asked if she could take his picture(she had the camera ready to go) We never figured out why he pulled us over, I told him we had traveled over 2200 miles from Pa. without any problems and we get pulled over in a National park? After the photo shot as he was turning to back to his car, he said "this is just a warning", I looked at my DW and said "what the hell just happened here"?
To make this even better.......he was coming toward us and as soon as we passed each other he turned sideways in the road behind me, right in front of the auto's that were behind us, turned his light on and came up behind us and followed for a short period of time before turning the lights and serein again to pull us over.... I was watching all this in my rear view mirror Still till today........ ,not sure what he was doing or what I was doing wrong for him to do what he did, he ran my paper work, told me about the bicycle's blocking my plate ,warning, done?????
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X2 for the T-9 Boesheild. I use this for drive train lube on all my bikes.
If placing the bikes inside your toad is not an option, then the suggestion by Homeless is the best option.
With the Honda Pilot,(rear seats folded flat) I remove the seat posts, front wheels from the bikes, and stand them together in the cargo area.
When we arrive at our destination I store the bikes in one of these.
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The cycle shell lays flat inside the bed of the Honda while traveling.
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Um. Question.

Why didn't you just take the front wheels off the bikes and put them inside your toad?
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Um. Question.

Why didn't you just take the front wheels off the bikes and put them inside your toad?
You might want to look at the photo's in the 1st post from the OP, look at the bike racks.........and how the fit on the rack......
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