How Do You Carry Bicycles?

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  1. KentuckyCampin

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    Wow, didnt know that about WD40!!! So I guess Im going to get me some good chain lube at the local bike shop!! Thanks for the heads up!!
     
  2. ClarkThompson

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    Looking to bump this thread and see if there's any new ideas or products in the past few years. I've got 5 bikes to carry behind a travel trailer. The bikes range from ordinary street bikes, to suspension mountain bikes, to fat tire bike. I'm not liking what I see from the Amazon reviews of the Yakima Ridgeback 5 (apparently not OK for use with RV), and the Yakima Hang Over only works for suspension bikes, which leaves 3 of my bikes out. So kind of striking out. Using my truck bed may end up the solution, but that's far from ideal.

    Also, as a bike geek, let me amplify that you should never use WD-40 (a water displacing solvent) for anything other than cleaning your bike. Once you've applied WD-40, you'll need to follow that up with 3 in 1 oil or some other quality lubricating oil. But WD-40 is AOK for cleaning road grime off the bikes as long as you follow up with some real oil.
     
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    We tried carrying a bike before but it didn't go very well. After we got home it was all wrecked, since then we never brought any bike on our RV again.
     
  4. SomebodyInGNV

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    We're a couple carrying only two bikes, and we're not avid bikers. We bought folding bikes (Terns, one 20" and one 24") that live in the bed of the truck. We have a BakFlip MX4 folding hard tonneau cover, so they're secure. Of course, that won't work for a family, or if you want to bring a high-end mountain or road bike.
     
  5. Bama Camper

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    Not a "new" product, but an idea you may want to consider. There are some "RV approved" bike racks available sold by Etrailer. I have a Swagman that I really like that will accommodate two bikes, but they may have some for three. The Etrailer folks are generally very helpful on the phone and can tell you which ones are approved for RV use. The RV approved ones are heavier construction due to the extra bouncing, but also have an additional vertical offset of about 8" to keep them from dragging when mounted on the back of a trailer/motorhome.

    For the other two bikes, you might want to consider mounting a class C receiver hitch on the front of your truck and add a rack there. My son has this configuration and it works quite well for additional bikes. The front hitch is also handy for carrying kayaks on a truck when towing a trailer or fifth wheel. Bolt on front receiver hitches are available for most trucks.
     
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