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1.5" Hitch mount rack for 2.5 bikes?

Sept. 24, 2013, 9:49 a.m.
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My little guy is growing, and his next bike won't fit in the trunk anymore. So that means that the Yakima Holdup won't be enough for this family's bike trips, of which there are a lot.

I'd rather stay away from the style that attaches at the top tube, and prefer the wheel mounts for their low profile and universality. The third bike will be a 20" kid's bike, so weight shouldn't be too much of an issue.

Any suggestions, or do I have to go back to a roof rack?

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Sept. 24, 2013, 11:44 a.m.
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What about this one?

http://yakima.com/shop/bike/hitch/holdupplus2

Should be able to attach to the rack you have, no?

For most 4 bike racks a 2" hitch is recommended but as long as his bike is small there shouldn't be a huge issue.

Sept. 24, 2013, 11:50 a.m.
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My ghetto setup I have a cheap hatchback rack and a wheel mount 2 bike hitch rack. The hitch racks extends out far enough from the back of the car thet I can fit 1-2 bikes on the hatchback rack. It ain't pretty but gets the job done

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Sept. 24, 2013, 12:42 p.m.
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An option from Saris

One of these:
http://www.saris.com/en/bike-racks/vehicle-racks/hitch-racks/thelma-3-bike.html?page=shop.product_details[HTML_REMOVED]flypage=flypage_images.tpl[HTML_REMOVED]product_id=73[HTML_REMOVED]category_id=8

With one of these:
http://www.saris.com/en/bike-racks/vehicle-racks/accessories/hitch-rack-accessories/thelma-juvenile-retro-fit-kit.html

Sept. 24, 2013, 5:37 p.m.
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Not sure how thule does it now…But you used to be able to buy additional bike mounts that would just slide in the back in the Sportsworks days. With a light bike, you could probably get away with 3 on a 1.5…but they might not sell them individually.

http://www.thule.com/en-us/ca/products/carriers-and-racks/bike-carriers/hitch-mounted-bike-carriers/thule-t2-2-bike-916xtr-_-916xtr

Sept. 25, 2013, 10:41 a.m.
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The 1-1/4" Yakima Holdup 2 is not expandable beyond 2 bikes, as those hitches are not designed to carry heavy loads. You might be able to hack something together, though. I recently saw a neat hack where a guy cut the second tray off his Holdup and then modified it to slide back in when needed.

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Sept. 25, 2013, 2:07 p.m.
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^yeah, i wouldn't want to load a 1 1/4" with any more than 2 bikes. we were faced with a similar scenario, and opted to toss on a roof rack to carry the 20"er.

Sept. 25, 2013, 4:03 p.m.
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What about this one?

http://yakima.com/shop/bike/hitch/holdupplus2

Should be able to attach to the rack you have, no?

For most 4 bike racks a 2" hitch is recommended but as long as his bike is small there shouldn't be a huge issue.

Holdup 2 in the smaller size (1 1/4") isn't compatible with the add on +2 bike section.

Sept. 25, 2013, 4:15 p.m.
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Holdup 2 in the smaller size (1 1/4") isn't compatible with the add on +2 bike section.

Well ya learn something new…

Sept. 26, 2013, 8:10 a.m.
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These racks rock! http://www.1upusa.com/. I have one on my WRX and I carry 3 bikes on it all the time. Fits all tire sizes. Definitely on the pricey side but they have a lifetime warranty. You'd be lucky to get 10+ years out of a Yakima or Thule.

Sept. 26, 2013, 8:04 p.m.
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These racks rock! http://www.1upusa.com/. I have one on my WRX and I carry 3 bikes on it all the time. Fits all tire sizes. Definitely on the pricey side but they have a lifetime warranty. You'd be lucky to get 10+ years out of a Yakima or Thule.

Ditto. I even shuttle with 3 dh bikes on an A3 using the 1up rack. Not cheap though.

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