Bike Carrier & Rear wheel carrier

Submitted: Monday, Apr 18, 2005 at 11:35
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Resigned to the fact that I will have to get a rear wheel carrier to carrier my spare, I now have the problem of how do I fit my existing bike carrier on with the rear wheel carrier as well?

My bike carrier is takes 4 bikes and yes I use them all. So the option of having it hook on to the rear wheel carrier is probably not good.

So my question is, has anyone else had this problem and how have they solved it?

Is my best bet to fashion an extender from the hitch receiver so that I can fit my existing bike carrier on without being obstructed by the rear wheel carrier?
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Reply By: Member Eric - Monday, Apr 18, 2005 at 15:16

Monday, Apr 18, 2005 at 15:16
I have a swing arm that fits into the tow hitch , you mount your upright arm to this , so if you need to get into the back of the car , you swing the bikes away like your wheel carrier .

Between $300 and $400 at ARB

cheers
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Follow Up By: hedevil - Monday, Apr 18, 2005 at 18:25

Monday, Apr 18, 2005 at 18:25
I recently went to ARB and was quoted $695 for a swing away bike rack with 2inch square hitch by Thule.....Max
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Reply By: Azo082 - Monday, Apr 18, 2005 at 16:44

Monday, Apr 18, 2005 at 16:44
I use a Thule Hitching Post Pro which accommodates up to 4 bikes. It is good as it provides enough clearance from the spare wheel on the Surf. It is a very sturdy and well built unit. Another plus with it, is that the upright hinges down, so you don't have to take the whole carrier off to swing the spare wheel out open up the rear cargo area. It is difficult to explain so is probably best to check their website or see one in the flesh.

If you have the other style that slides onto the two posts, then your easiest bet would be to manufacture some sort of extension. I have seen some for sale a bike shops for $30-$40. Only downside with that (for me, and possibly for you) is that you have to take the carrier off to swing the wheel out.

HTH
Aaron
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Follow Up By: Member Eric - Monday, Apr 18, 2005 at 18:33

Monday, Apr 18, 2005 at 18:33
Thats because you didnt get it off me lol , they may have gone up a little , but not that much
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Reply By: Boo - Monday, Apr 18, 2005 at 20:57

Monday, Apr 18, 2005 at 20:57
Just had a similar problem getting the bike rack on to take the kids bikes down to Bendithra for a weekend...
I went out to the local steel supplier and bought a 470mm long piece of the square steel (very thick walled) that fits in the tow hitch and fitted the bike rack to that so it holds the bikes just out past the spare wheel . Cost me $5.00 for the length of steel and $10.00 for the very large high tensile bolt to hold the bike rack on it. I leave the bar bolted to the bike rack and when I get my camper later in the year I can simply slide the same bar into a tow hitch on the back of the camper trailer.
Worked great.
If you want some pictures, I can email them to you.
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Follow Up By: joedm - Tuesday, Apr 19, 2005 at 10:02

Tuesday, Apr 19, 2005 at 10:02
Yeah this sounds like what I'm looking for. What was the name of the steel supplier you went to? I live in the Blacktown NSW area.

Doesn't cost much seeing as I have already spent a lot on the rear wheel carrier.

Please email pics to joseph dot morris at eds dot com.
No "au" on the end thankyou.
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Follow Up By: Boo - Wednesday, Apr 20, 2005 at 23:07

Wednesday, Apr 20, 2005 at 23:07
Been trying to email you some pics, but unabole to get the mail through (maybe pony exoress could help). Send me a quick note at:
jamieson@teknet.net.au
and I'll simply do a reply with the pics.
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