Bike Rack Question

  • calibro

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    Jul 09, 2009 12:12 AM GMT
    So I need to get a bike rack to transport all my babies with me to Montana. I drive a 2000 Ford Explorer (no installed roof rack or hitch). I am looking at trunk-mounted racks. Right now I am considering an Allen 102S and the Hollywood HRF4. Anybody have any experience with bike racks for an explorer, either of those two racks, or any suggestions in particular? Not looking to spend more than a 100 bucks. Thanks.
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    Jul 09, 2009 10:35 AM GMT
    I thought trailer hitches were standard. The sort or rack that hook up to those are are the only I have used .. they are a breeze.
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    Jul 09, 2009 10:54 AM GMT
    Well, neither of those looks like they'll fit a Ford Explorer particularly well. I'd also advise against the one without individual tie downs for the bike. Honestly, I'm in love with Saris. They're one of the biggest names in cycling things, and make a great quality product at a wide range of prices. You can also use their tool to find out which racks fit your car.

    http://www.saris.com
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    Jul 09, 2009 11:23 AM GMT
    Thule - best rack system ever. They are expensive but worth it. They make a system to fit any car, and whatever you want to carry - skis, boards, bikes, u name it.ThuleUprightBikeCarrier.jpg
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    Jul 09, 2009 11:50 AM GMT
    I haven't a specific recommendation but have done some research. To me the starting point to consider are two fold. One consideration is the roof racks prevent you from loading up prior to backing out of your garage and visa versa. I've had friends who have pulled back into the garage forgetting about the bike on top icon_surprised.gif the rest was history. Security for your bike is also something to keep top of mind and in many cases is limited to the racks design. Good luck.
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    Jul 11, 2009 3:12 PM GMT
    Look at the Thule or Yakima trunk racks. Go to REI.com, look at the racks, click on one and you'll be able to go through each manufacturer's selection process to find one that fits your vehicle best. Both Thule and Yakima have racks that fit my Saturn Vue quite well. You'll probably have to spend a little over $100, but it's worth it.
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    Jul 11, 2009 3:47 PM GMT
    Thule has a trunk rack that will fit your Explorer,I can't find the model number on the one that I have but check it out online.Don't do a roof rack,they really cut down on your miles per gallon when traveling long distances.
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    Jun 13, 2010 1:25 PM GMT
    Can't go wrong with either Thule or Yakima. I used to sell both, and Yakima is my favorite hands down.
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    Jun 13, 2010 7:32 PM GMT
    I used to have a factory roof-mounted for one of my pop-up campers, although it was limited to 2 bikes because of the roof air conditioner unit. I took that set-up across the Rockies and through Montana, including Missoula. My concerns regarding a roof-mount on the Explorer (or any car or SUV) would be the added wind resistance, remembering your overhead clearance, and the plastering of insects and road spray you're gonna get on them at highway speeds.

    Of course there's wind turbulence around the back bumper, too, and they don't put rear-window wipers on those vehicles for nothing. In rain you can expect your bikes to become caked with grime in every crevice. Have you considered a totally different solution, of putting a hard-shell luggage carrier on the roof, and putting the bikes inside the SUV? You can do that with a temporary rack, same as for the bikes. An aerodynamic carrier might create less wind resistance than the bikes, Again, depends on how many bikes you have, and if you'll have backseat passengers.

    Otherwise, I'd recommend a rear rack, though I don't know all the brands mentioned. Selecting one with a good web site for assuring a proper fit would be a consideration for me. You might find they have instruction/owner's manuals for download in pdf, to get an idea how their mounting works on your Explorer. And have you checked if Ford itself recommends anything?
  • calibro

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    Jun 13, 2010 7:35 PM GMT
    haha, this thread is old... i ended up buying an allen... last year