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Re: Bike Rack

Posted: Sat Dec 29, 2012 1:22 pm
by mig
I got one of Bill's hitches installed a bit ago. I'm really pleased with the quick release feature of the hitch!

This past weekend I finally got my hitch rack. I ordered the Quick Rack from 1upUSA:

http://www.1upusa.com/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

This rack met all of my requirements. I ride every day at lunchtime, so I bring my bike to and from work frequently. I wanted something lightweight that holds the bike securely (preferably not by the frame), doesn't block view out the rear window (especially when no bike is mounted). The 1upUSA rack is less than 25lbs, takes about 10 seconds to put the bike on and off, folds up nicely against the bumper when no bike is mounted, and even folds up and fits in the trunk:

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Re: Bike Rack

Posted: Sat Dec 29, 2012 9:37 pm
by TonyWilliams
mig wrote:I got one of Bill's hitches installed a bit ago. I'm really pleased with the quick release feature of the hitch!

This past weekend I finally got my hitch rack. I ordered the Quick Rack from 1upUSA:

http://www.1upusa.com/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
I am digging that rack. Wow! What a great design.

I have a 20 year old heavy and a bit clunky 4 bike rack on the Rav4, but for one dude rides, I like this.

Re: Bike Rack

Posted: Fri Apr 12, 2013 2:57 pm
by springbank
mig - did that rack require any marring of any surface? I'm on a lease and would like not to get dinged at the end.

Re: Bike Rack

Posted: Thu Apr 18, 2013 9:30 am
by mig
springbank wrote:mig - did that rack require any marring of any surface? I'm on a lease and would like not to get dinged at the end.
The rack fits well into Bill's hitch and does not otherwise touch the vehicle itself -- so certainly no marring
(even when folding the rack up against the car)

The installation of the hitch itself of course does require some "modification" of the vehicle underbody, which
is explained in detail in Bill's thread. I am also leasing and I'm assuming I can remove the hitch at lease end
and nobody will be the wiser.

Re: Bike Rack

Posted: Thu Apr 18, 2013 10:17 am
by Electric4Me
mig wrote:
springbank wrote:mig - did that rack require any marring of any surface? I'm on a lease and would like not to get dinged at the end.
The rack fits well into Bill's hitch and does not otherwise touch the vehicle itself -- so certainly no marring
(even when folding the rack up against the car)

The installation of the hitch itself of course does require some "modification" of the vehicle underbody, which
is explained in detail in Bill's thread. I am also leasing and I'm assuming I can remove the hitch at lease end
and nobody will be the wiser.
For anyone installing a hitch like this, if a dealer actually inspected the car so thoroughly upon lease return that they objected to the small hole in the plastic underbody piece, you could either buy a new piece or sell/give the hitch to another Leaf owner and swap that piece with them. And for my hitch design, with it's 5/16" hole in the floor of the trunk, you can push a rubber plug into the hole, just like other holes in the floor from the factory (which are bigger, presumably to allow draining).

Re: Bike Rack

Posted: Sat Aug 17, 2013 9:38 am
by fyfchu
We just got our car yesterday, and are really pleased so far. We do local biking, and would like to use our existing Rhode Gear, strap style rack. However, we don't feel comfortable putting the straps across the rear spoiler.

Has anyone considered or tried to loosen the bolts holding the spoiler in place in order to get straps underneath? It looks straightforward, but we are nervous about damaging the car since we have leased it. The folks at the dealership said no problem, but we are not sure we want to be the first to try it.

We know about Bill's hitch solution and that would be an alternative if we can't make our rack work.

Re: Bike Rack

Posted: Mon Jul 07, 2014 1:55 pm
by johnrhansen
I just installed the 1 1/4 inch trailer hitch/bike rack holder from Torklift Central. I was very impressed. Very well built and simple to install. I have no relations with them, I'm just a guy off the street who forked over some cash and bought one from them. Highly recommended.

Re: Bike Rack

Posted: Wed Sep 10, 2014 9:52 pm
by nerys
will installing a trailer hitch effect my warranty at all? (I want it for exactly this to mount my bike on the back)

Re: Bike Rack

Posted: Fri Sep 12, 2014 8:44 am
by Electric4Me
nerys wrote:will installing a trailer hitch effect my warranty at all? (I want it for exactly this to mount my bike on the back)
It will not affect your warranty at all, unless you engage in some activity with it that specifically causes damage. Ie., if you regularly pull something very heavy up hills and the gearbox goes out, the dealer might be able to say your activity caused that. If the heater goes out, that would be unrelated and still covered. Most activities with a hitch (bikes, light towing) would fall within the realm of normal driving and would not affect your warranty.

Re: Bike Rack

Posted: Wed Sep 24, 2014 10:09 pm
by ybitz
Thinking about buying the Torklift 2" hitch.
http://shop.tlcentral.com/store/pc/2013 ... -p1120.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
$250, free shipping.
Anyone have any experience with this? Maybe easier to mount than Bill's hitch since it doesn't require cutting/drilling?