Bike Rack for 05 OBW Wife Use

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by G.R. Aydelotte, Aug 19, 2004.

  1. Hello all,

    I bought an 05 OBW with the tow package. My intentions were to use the
    receiver hitch for a 4 bike rack. Bought a Yakima King Pin 4 bike rack
    with an adaptor to go from 2" receiver to 1.25", so I could use on my
    Toyota and my wife's OBW. Problem is that at 31 lbs for the rack and
    difficulty of mounting into receiver, my wife struggle with using this
    rack. Even after getting it onto the car, she is having trouble
    lifting a 25 lbs bike and placing it over the arms, etc. The Yakima is
    pretty high even mounted on the OBW. In short, is there another hitch
    type rack that would be easier for a person of limited strength to
    use? What about the Subaru hitch rack; it supposedly is made to
    require less lifting? Other brands? I've read some of the posts on
    hitch typevbike racks, but none specific for this situation.

    G.R. Aydelotte, Aug 19, 2004
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    Alan Guest

    We use the Sportster. It is different than other racks in that the bikes sit
    on their wheels, and are held down by a spring-loaded or ratcheted
    (depending on the model) arm. It folds up to a vertical position when not in
    use, so it can stay on the car. To access the rear hatch, just lower the
    rack (it is hinged). My wife can lift her bike onto it with no problem. The
    rack is fairly expensive, though (two-bike version is around $250.) It can
    also be locked to the hitch, and the bikes locked to the rack using a
    Kryptonite cable and lock. I also use a tiny master lock instead of a cotter
    pin on the bolt (prevents loss or theft of the pin). Best rack we ever
    Alan, Aug 19, 2004
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    busterb Guest


    Two options: 1. Get a stronger wife 2. Get a lighter bike. Honestly,
    30 lbs is not a heck of a lot. Leave the rack on the car as long as
    it folds down there shouldnt be a problem.
    busterb, Aug 19, 2004
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    harv Guest

    I Have a Sportworks hitch rack. Seems to be what Alan is describing. I think
    Saris also makes a hitch rack with wheel trays. I use mine with a recumbent
    but the trick I learned should apply to a diamond frame bike too; put one
    wheel into the tray and then lift the other wheel in. Easier than picking up
    the whole bike. This would only work for the outermost tray in the system,
    harv, Aug 24, 2004
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