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Re: Bike Racks?

Postby MikeM » Tue Jul 07, 2015 10:08 pm

Bumping up this old thread since I'm looking into getting a rack for our Mazda 5. We don't have a hitch yet, but will probably get one installed since I don't want a roof rack and the angle of the Mazda's back wouldn't allow for a trunk rack.

I'm thinking of getting a 4-bike rack so that the kids bikes can go on there (1 for now, 2 eventually) but do kids' bikes even fit on these racks?

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Bike Racks?

Postby Jwolf » Tue Jul 07, 2015 10:58 pm

Yes they do- sometimes you need to be a bit creative with bungee cords.
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Re: Bike Racks?

Postby carm » Fri Jul 10, 2015 8:08 pm

I have a Thule 4 bike rack and really like it. On my Civic I can only put 2 bikes on there based on the tongue of the hitch but with your Mazda 5, you should be fine with bikes for 2 adults and 2 kids. Double check that though.

I highly recommend Auto Racks. Their prices are competitive and they install the rack for you in a flash.
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Re: Bike Racks?

Postby MikeM » Fri Jul 10, 2015 9:06 pm

Thanks Jen and Carm.

carm wrote:I have a Thule 4 bike rack and really like it. On my Civic I can only put 2 bikes on there based on the tongue of the hitch but with your Mazda 5, you should be fine with bikes for 2 adults and 2 kids. Double check that though.

I highly recommend Auto Racks. Their prices are competitive and they install the rack for you in a flash.


When I emailed about getting a hitch installed, they initially said that it would only support 2 bikes. However, when I asked about it he said that the tongue weight is 200lbs. From googling, ours are probably around 32-35lbs (maybe a little more since they're an older model), and DD#1 bike and the baby seat attached to DW's bike are obviously a lot less.

Thanks for the Auto Racks recommendation.

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Re: Bike Racks?

Postby DonnaRigs » Fri Jul 10, 2015 10:18 pm

This thread IS timely. I am looking at racks that fit on spare tires (I have a Jeep Wrangler Sport. His name is Ernie Mangoes). I am a bit leery about the ones that just connect through the tire, they get mixed reviews... Anyone have an opinion?
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Re: Bike Racks?

Postby turd ferguson » Sat Jul 11, 2015 9:52 pm

DonnaRigs wrote:This thread IS timely. I am looking at racks that fit on spare tires (I have a Jeep Wrangler Sport. His name is Ernie Mangoes). I am a bit leery about the ones that just connect through the tire, they get mixed reviews... Anyone have an opinion?


I had a YJ for 13 years and had one of these. It was perfect. There's a plate behind the tire that holds the rack. And the bikes swing with the tailgate. Perfect. I'll see if I can find a link.
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Re: Bike Racks?

Postby turd ferguson » Sat Jul 11, 2015 9:54 pm

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Re: Bike Racks?

Postby DonnaRigs » Sat Jul 11, 2015 11:55 pm

turd ferguson wrote:http://www.a1-autoracks.com/sportrack-spare-tire-mounted-bike-racks-a30813stl-240.jpg


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