Looking for a bike rack for my car.

Discussion in 'Spare Parts, Tools & Product Developement' started by shawnshank, Jan 15, 2009.

  1. shawnshank

    shawnshank Member

    I may be jumping the gun a bit here but I was wondering if anone has a good suggestion for a trunk or hitch mounted bike rack to hold the weight of one mb with a GEBE 40cc engine.
    It has to be able to fit on a 2001 VW Jetta.


  2. Mountainman

    Mountainman Active Member

    hitch mount
    by chance are you talking about the square slide in type
    if so
    I bought a nice heavy duty one for my motor home
    will hold a lot of weight

    ride that thing
  3. shawnshank

    shawnshank Member

    Yes that is what I'm talking about.

  4. machiasmort

    machiasmort Active Member

    Make one! Thanks man, You got the wheels turnning here!
  5. MotorMac

    MotorMac Member

  6. Skyliner70cc

    Skyliner70cc Active Member

    I used a cheap 3 bike bumper mount on my 2006 VW Jetta TDI to carry 2 motorized bikes on a 3,600 mile trip this past May. It worked great with no problems. I did put some protective clear plastic on the trunk to minimize scuffing from the padded areas the mount contacted with the trunk and bumper. The rack was from Walmart and worked perfectly.

    My only complaint with the rack was that I lost 15mpg in fuel economy and averaged only 33mpg on my entire trip averaging 70mph :-(
  7. graucho

    graucho Active Member

    Hi shawnshank/everyone.
    I perked up when I read you had a VW Jetta. This might mean you have a
    1 1/4" receiver due to weight limit restrictions for your car.

    I had a bike rack for my camper/truck set up for a 2" receiver. Since, I sold
    the camper and Use the truck for work only. So.... I needed my set up to fit
    on my Saturn Vue with the 1 1/4" receiver.

    Heres what I did, allowing me to open the hatch and converting from 2" to 1 1/4".
    I made a trip to tractor supply and bought a 2" receiver and a 1 1/4" hitch.

    As per my photos (which I just shot at -17 below HaHa) you could weld the 2 together
    to make an adapter so you could use a standard 2" bike rack and use that rack to
    flip flop between 1 1/4" or 2" receivers. If not for you, it may help others. graucho :grin5:

    Attached Files:

    Last edited: Jan 16, 2009
  8. MotorMac

    MotorMac Member

  9. n8ygn

    n8ygn Member

    I found one

    I found one that goes in the reese hitch like you are talking about the bike sets in what looks like 3 or 4 inch channel iron and a piece folds down so it works like a ramp so one man can load. I will have to look for it again. YOu could google motorbike racks for cars , or something like that. It was around 300 but was really neat. Dane
  10. graucho

    graucho Active Member

    Cool, yes thats the principal. Good Old ebay. My set up is the opposite 1-1/4 to 2"
    If ever possible i'm always a DIY kind of guy. I wonder if they make a manufactured
    "drop or lift" conversion hitch? Im sure they must somewhere.
  11. rbtp

    rbtp New Member


    I was think of something like this hitch mount cargo carrier since I have a scooter and an MB. Tie down straps could hold the bike steady.

    I have a trunk mount bike carrier that I use for regular bikes. Every car I've ever used it on has eventually been scratched badly. The bikes shift around as you bounce down the road and usually the pedals get to the paint.
  12. MotorMac

    MotorMac Member

    bike carrier

    Tie down straps alone won't be enough, you need rails on the platform to fasten the wheels to as well, otherwise the wheels will shift and bounce causing the bike to fall over.
    Another alternative is to have a couple of vertical bars welded to the two back corners so that you have something to fasten the top of the bikes to. (perhaps with bungees).
  13. oldguy

    oldguy New Member

    hitch mod.

    Try Harbor Freight. They have adapters and inexpensive 1 1/4" bike carriers. I will be ordering the hitch for my car soon. It will hold my bike with a GEBE on it and my wife's also.
  14. mabman

    mabman Member

    My $1k bike carrier.

    Safe and secure.