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Trailer hitch / bike rack advice

Trailer hitch / bike rack advice

I am planning to take delivery of a new Toyota Prius shortly and am looking for advice about transporting my bike. I have convinced myself that I would like to bolt a trailer hitch on the car and use a hitch mounted bike carrier. I have seen a number of web sites advertising relatively inexpensive kits that are tailored for each car model. Does anybody have experience about trailer hitch mounting to share? Also any advice about hitch mounted bike racks would be welcome.

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Re: Trailer hitch / bike rack advice

I've got a DraftMaster, their largest one.  It is a 2" receiver hitch so I have to use an adapter for my 1-1/4" receiver on my Volvo V70.  It holds up to 5 singles or one tandem and four singles.  It looks overwhelming even on my bigger car and with a tandem mounted looks like a preying mantis is attacking from the back!  It is very cool because it is out of the wind and no "forgetting" the roof rack issues.  It is also nice that it mounts the forks and wheel so nothing touches the paint or tubes.  I think it would be too much for a Prius.

~too much of anything is just enough for me. Pete Townshend

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Unless you have a tandem or need to carry more than yourself and one other person, you should just put your bikes inside the car.  Two bikes easily fit in the back of a prius with the back seats down and the front wheels removed.  A few old sheets and an old mattress pad will protect you car and the bikes.

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Re: Trailer hitch / bike rack advice

I mounted a Curt hitch to our 2010 Pious:
http://www.curtmfg.com/index.cfm?event=hitch.search
It's an 1 1/4" receiver given the weight capacity of the Pious. Easy to install if you're comfortable with tools; took me about an 1 hr all total to unbox and install.

I use a Thule 2 bike rack:
http://www.thule.com/en-US/US/Products/ … /917XTR-T2
I've used Thule before and like them so went with this one over some others. Again it's easy to put together and I usually take it on and off when needed since the extra weight, size, access to the back hatch and distance from the bumper make it less than desirable to keep on all the time. It doesn't weigh much and so it's easy to remove. It holds roads bikes very well, we've taken a few 300+ mile trips with two on it, though I'm not as pleased with how it holds two mountain bikes.

Mary/Barry has a good point; I do this when I have to travel long distances mostly to avoid the gas mileage hit but it gets old and mud on a mtn. bike starts to make a tan car interior look less than nice. That's what my Forester is for.

Joe

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