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Bicycle Rack

Post by Clem » 01 Feb 2018 15:21

Hi guys,

I'm trying to figure out what bicycle rack is the best option for carrying three bicycles behind the Patrol. I already have Thule wing bars for the wave skis and things but don't particularly want to spend circa nearly R2000 for mounting each bicycle on top of the vehicle. I also think that one of those very large carriers that sit on the tow bar and which have a complete set of lights connecting to the vehicle's electrical system is probably overkill. I was looking at something like this: https://rackmaster.co.za/Rackmaster-3-X ... -p98474981 Does anybody have any idea if this will adequately clear the spare wheel on the back door of the GU?

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Re: Bicycle Rack

Post by jonathan » 01 Feb 2018 16:27

Clem, I'm not sure if the angles are similar, but I have one of these: http://www.holdfast.co.za/sa2000, and I had to fit one of these: http://www.holdfast.co.za/base-plate-extensions in order to clear the spare wheel.

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Re: Bicycle Rack

Post by Clem » 01 Feb 2018 18:07

Many thanks indeed Jonathan. I realised after placing the post that I will probably be okay for the simple reason that my tow ball hits the wall before my spare wheel does! That is because I have the Bosal setup.

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Re: Bicycle Rack

Post by Tinus lotz » 01 Feb 2018 18:19

Clem i have a 3 bike rack that fits on the tow ball if you wanna try before you throw cash at it

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Re: Bicycle Rack

Post by Clem » 02 Feb 2018 06:10

Thanks Tinus...I've already ordered and am now wondering if I've made a mistake... Oh well, we'll see soon enough.

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Re: Bicycle Rack

Post by biggles » 02 Feb 2018 10:14

Towball ones fit if you have a wheel on the door. My thule ball 3 bike rack it tight onto the spare wheel (with a spacer) and actually made the whole thing very secure.

I have to use an extension with the new bumper mounted wheel.
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Re: Bicycle Rack

Post by Clem » 02 Feb 2018 10:29

I considered the spare wheel option but I worry about the cantilevered 45kg or so on bad roads and whether it won't eventually cause metal fatigue somewhere on the back door. So I went instead for a very basic item that mounts on a bracket/plate attached to the tow ball mounting plate. Should work okay I think (hope..).

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Re: Bicycle Rack

Post by Grant » 02 Feb 2018 14:23

Clem,

I opted for the roof option Thule with front wheel removed. I my opinion far more secure. The problem with fitting the bike on the hitch is the dust. You will spend a fortune maintaining the bike with the amount of dust it will get .
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Re: Bicycle Rack

Post by SCUBA Patrol » 02 Feb 2018 14:56

get the Geoff one that fits on the tow hitch plate, you can still use the tow ball and it clears the spare wheel, well mine does.
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Re: Bicycle Rack

Post by Clem » 02 Feb 2018 16:59

Thanks Phillip. What I have ordered is very much just that, only a different brand. Should work, at least for now.

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