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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 06-05-2014, 04:53 PM Thread Starter
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Looking for bike rack advice

We're going away in 2 days and it's occured to me that bike racks on SUVs can be a bit more complicated to setup. I have a 2014 Santa Fe, with neither a roof rack, nor a trailer hitch. Any suggestions on how I can mount a couple of bikes on it?

Optionally - living in Toronto, so have access to Canadian Tire and other assorted stores in the city.
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Thule brand is an option. And at a price. Several others, as well. Lots of guys had a trailer hitch installed and the bike rack option for those times they are heading out to the trails. But 2 days doesn't give you a lot of time...

Welcome to the forums, KevinM. Also, do a search of the DM SantaFe sub-forum. Might speed things along for you.

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For the long term, I would definitely suggest getting a trailer hitch, specifically this one:








Otherwise, I have a Saris Freedom 2-Bike. I prefer the racks that hold bikes from below at the wheels, as it keeps them from swaying and banging into one another vs. the racks that hang bikes from the top tube.

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I have a hitch-mounted Yakima Fullswing and a Yakima Railgrab setup for use with the factory side rails on my 2013 GLS. Very pleased with both.
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For the long term, I would definitely suggest getting a trailer hitch, specifically this one:

Curt 13134 Class 3 Trailer Hitch

Wiring Kit


Otherwise, I have a Saris Freedom 2-Bike. I prefer the racks that hold bikes from below at the wheels, as it keeps them from swaying and banging into one another vs. the racks that hang bikes from the top tube.
+1 This. If you hustle, you might find Curt locally.
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I found Curt hitches on Kijiji, a guy in Drayton Ontario sells the class 2 or 3 for $200 including HST. Wire is $50.
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But then you have to go to Drayton.

I bought my hitch/wiring on a website, 225 including shipping, which was free. They ended up shipping me the 13153 instead of the 13134 that I ordered. No complaints. Hauls everything I've thrown at it.
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Depending on what type of bikes you have and how many you have there are a number of options. Saris is a brand that I find has some great products for reasonable prices. Carbon Fibre bikes should not be held by the frame as it may cause your warranty to be voided. I prefer bike racks that hold the bikes by the wheels. There are two examples I would recommend:

Saris Superclamp 4

Saris Freedom 4

Saris Thelma 3

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I got a trailer hitch from U-Haul ~$200. Easy to install: Lower the spare tire, pull off a couple rubber muffler mounts. Probably an hour job. A trailer mounted bike rack is pretty easy to use.
Note that the after market hitches ride about 4" lower than the factor mounts that cut the bumper. There is another thread about how crappy the bumper cut can be. The aftermarket trailer hitches with an extended bike rack can drag the ground on steep incline changes.
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