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Re:Towbar bike rack recommendations?

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22 May 2023 13:40 #249219 by GinnieB
I'm getting a towbar* fitted to my Gen 3 Jimny, and am after some recommendations for a 2-bike rack to for it. Any recommendations of brands/models? 

*thanks for the article on this, Big Jimny!

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23 May 2023 07:22 #249235 by Scimike
How far the towbar protrudes and it's type (Swan neck or traditional) will impact which will work on your Jimny.
So which type are you having fitted and do you have the spare mounted on the back door?

It's all about clearing the spare, some vertical bar type mounts may hit the spare depending upon how far the towbar mount point protrudes.
So for any recommendations check all things are the same.

I have a Thule 3 bike that I've had on all my cars. But even with a Witter removable swan neck (it protrudes a lot) it just fouls the spare, so to use it on the Jimmy I have to remove the spare.
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23 May 2023 08:45 #249238 by facade
I also have a Thule "3 bike" (in their dreams, no way can I get 3 adult 'bikes on it)  and with the standard shin bruising hitch on the gen 3 I could only get one bike on it because of the spare wheel. And the 'bike sticks out far enough past the car that I worry about hitting something.

I solved the problem by getting collapsible bikes that go in the back.  You can get even folding mountain bikes nowadays.

 

If it suddenly breaks, go back to the last thing that you did before it broke and start looking there :)

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23 May 2023 12:38 - 23 May 2023 12:41 #249242 by GinnieB
Thanks for this - according to the garage fitting the towbar, they cannot stick out too far as they become less able to support weight the more they protrude (which makes sense). So I may have to remove the spare when using the bike rack as you suggest, which I'm happy to do!
Last edit: 23 May 2023 12:41 by GinnieB.

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23 May 2023 12:41 #249243 by GinnieB
Thanks - great advice!

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23 May 2023 19:10 #249247 by Zaskar97
On my gen 3 I have the Brink detachable tow bar, which clears the door mounted spare wheel. I have the Thule velo compact 3 bike carrier and it fits just right.
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23 May 2023 19:14 #249248 by Jonesie
Replied by Jonesie on topic Towbar bike rack recommendations?
This is the puppy,
northshoreracks.com/?v=79cba1185463
Huge denero but will always have a strong resale value.
Needs an American hitch ( readily available on the bay ).

This is another U.K. alternative which you can either use as a two with the spare on or a three if you remove the spare wheel.

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23 May 2023 19:17 #249249 by Jonesie

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24 May 2023 06:23 #249257 by LM42
Witter bike rack

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24 May 2023 17:41 #249266 by GinnieB
Thanks - very helpful! Will look for this one too as the Thule seems hard to find at the moment.

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04 Oct 2023 20:21 #251185 by Dazcush
Can you send a link to the tow bar you use? I am looking to get on and fit a bike rack also! Thanks

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