When Bob let me borrow his awesome Road Trek travel van we realized we needed a way to haul our bikes and didn’t own a rack that would work. My first call to a rack speciality shop was a bit of a shock as 2 bike receiver racks were in the $400-$1000CDN range – more than I wanted to spend on a 1 month trip.
I ended up surfing the MEC website and saw that they sold a Swagman 2 bike reciver rack for $143CDN. Great price, but I was worried it was a piece of junk and hanging nearly $10K of bikes off it would be too risky.
Given the reasonable price I figured it was worth a shot so I grabbed one and we assembled it. Our first impression was that it would work, but we were worried the bikes & rack might bounce/rock quite a bit. We had some ideas how to mitigate that, but decided it was going to work for us. One issue we had was the van’s spare tire extended quite far from the rear of the vehicle and we needed the rack to extend far enough out for the bikes to clear the tire. Kurt got a hold of Swagman Racks and they sent us a extended receiver mount designed to hold 4 bikes. We simply mounted out two bikes at the rear of the mount and got loads of clearance. The extension was $50 so our total investment was $200 so far.
On the road we were pleasantly surprised how stable the rack was. It didn’t move much at all and after several thousand KMs were are quite happy with our economy rack.
One nice feature with this rack is that it can adjust to fit just about any size of bike and any frame design. The tires sit in two mounts that can slide side to side depending on the bike’s wheelbase and the upper mount slides vertically to adjust to the height of the bikes top tube.