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Discussion in 'Sports, Hobbies & Interests' started by Gunshot-6A, Aug 10, 2016.

  1. May 7, 2021 at 12:39 PM
    GarlicFarts

    GarlicFarts Bang Ding Ow

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    BMX used to have 2 standards for axles. 3/8" or 14mm. It was widely known to use 14mm rear, and the front COULD be 3/8" if you aren't running pegs. But, I mean....Who DOESN'T run pegs? :p so they started doing 3/8" female hubs - the bolts on the ends are 3/8", that was a lot stronger than the 3/8" solid axle. So essentially you ran on the bolts that went into the hub itself, in a 3/8" fork dropout.

    There's one section on the local bike path up a bend that people are running on strava it's kind of cool to see.

    Same end goal with mine but a different direction. I won't have RTT, I'm in the cab, and my bike will be in the bed under a soft topper instead of off the back. Otherwise, yeah that's the idea is basically a mobile MTB truck. Problem isn't the truck nor the bike right now. Problem is my weight. :| a day on the bike would kill me :rofl: working on it though.
     
  2. May 7, 2021 at 12:43 PM
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    dont need to lose weight if you shuttle

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  3. May 7, 2021 at 12:46 PM
    GarlicFarts

    GarlicFarts Bang Ding Ow

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    I'm in shape if I get to define the shape.

    (I wouldn't be anywhere with a shuttle, this is RI, our highest point is like your driveway).
     
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  4. May 7, 2021 at 2:10 PM
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    True enough.
    But to be fair to Manitau, this is their 20mm TA DirtJump fork.
    It's safe to say from the design those DJ folks prioritize convenience and simplicity a bit differently.

    I run it because it is a bombproof option for a non-tapered 26er. And 'good' options are limited.
     
  5. May 7, 2021 at 7:53 PM
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    I don’t have the RTT anymore and my rack is 1Up (unless I’m just using my pad) but I also have a Presta adaptor for my OBA, so we got that in common. The only place I’ve used it was a motel parking lot in Moab and there were no other MTB’ers there, so no one to impress. Good tip on the bed stiffeners ... since I don’t have a shell or RTT anymore I don’t really need them as stiffeners though. Anyway, I was mostly joking about the SDF Edition, but since Soquel Demo Forest (SDF) is a pretty well known riding area here, and the lot is usually 50% Taco’s, it might actually sell. The sales guy at Toyota Santa Cruz was pretty patient when I tested bike fit in the bed before buying mine, since I’d never owned a 5’ bed before, and wanted to make sure it worked. But nobody at the dealership looks like a rider, not even on a beach cruiser, at least not on the sales side.
     
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  6. May 8, 2021 at 5:22 AM
    backcountryj

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    Lots of blown down on a local loop I haven’t ridden since the tornado. Good trail crew in the area.

    These guys were a bit more than my hand saw could handle.
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  7. May 8, 2021 at 7:47 AM
    mtskibum16

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    Love the looks of that bike! What's the biggest bottle you can fit?
     
  8. May 8, 2021 at 8:58 AM
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    Thanks!

    I honestly don’t know. My frame is a size medium and I use a side entry bottle cage. Could be tight with a top load cage.

    Both these bottles fit, and both hold similar volumes of water (20/21oz). The bigger one is the insulated style. Pretty obvious a larger volume non-insulted bottle will fit, but I haven’t tested anything larger.

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  9. May 8, 2021 at 9:15 AM
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    Damn funny. Live in the PNW. Top of my driveway is a 22% grade...
     
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  10. May 8, 2021 at 11:29 AM
    Tacobello

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    I've been looking at tray style racks but occasionally sleep in the canopy. How accessible is the glass and tail gate with two bikes on one of these?
     
  11. May 8, 2021 at 12:13 PM
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    Hasn’t been a problem for me but I do run the Kuat hitch extender so that it’s not in the way when I open the tailgate - https://www.amazon.com/Kuat-Racks-Hi-Lo-Hitch-Extension/dp/B003ASYPPU

    Most of these carrier tilt down/out for opening tailgates on SUV/crossovers.

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    Thank you so much for the grips! @RockiesTaco
     
  12. May 8, 2021 at 12:17 PM
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    Depends on the rack, and if you have the stock receiver location or something higher in an aftermarket bumper. I have a 1Up 2 bike rack and it tilts down in seconds with the bikes on it, which allows me to lower the tailgate fully without hitting anything. And when I had my shell, I could open the liftgate easily too. 3rd Gen DCSB. You still had to go in from the sides of the tailgate to crawl in, but perfectly manageable.
     
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  13. May 8, 2021 at 12:20 PM
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    No shell in this pic, but you can see the 1Up clearance. 6481D283-4C80-41EF-B9B8-8894AEC2F9BD.jpg
     
  14. May 8, 2021 at 1:25 PM
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    Just gotta be mindful of the inboard bike pedal position :anonymous:
     
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  15. May 8, 2021 at 9:21 PM
    Malvolio

    Malvolio free zip ties for Stun

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    Just wanted to share that my oldest (9yo) took me out for a 13-mile ride with pretty significant climbs tonight. She’s really getting into riding, and I’m hoping we have many more years of biking and camping and rock climbing and exploring.

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  16. May 9, 2021 at 6:04 AM
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    I'm also trying to solve the opening the tailgate with a hitch rack puzzle but with the twist of having a much higher receiver than factory. I'd be open to buying a new rack that folds down lower. It seems like 1up is about the lowest but it still sticks up almost 5" higher than the hitch pin, room I obviously don't have.

    The Kuat I have sticks up twice that much, I could try a drop hitch adapter but it would need to be at least 8" of drop if I measured everything right...super awkward. A 14" straight hitch extender should get the rack just beyond the tailgate, which I'm going to try. Seems like that would be slightly less awkward but ultimately disappointing on at least one level.

    I've got a Decked system under the Softopper so a tailgate pad won't work. I tried an upright roof tray on my cab rack but that's less than ideal. Anybody got any bright ideas?
     
  17. May 9, 2021 at 7:37 AM
    abacall

    abacall gets bored easily...

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    If you're set on trays, a swingaway extender might be an option IF you can mount it upside down. Below is a pic with one.
    Anyone know if they can be flipped? It would need to be flipped at the hitch mount and the tray mount. Otherwise he's in the same predicament.

    Or, take a look at this article I wrote a while back. You can use roof trays mounted on the bed rack.

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  18. May 9, 2021 at 10:01 AM
    rblalliance

    rblalliance let the wookie win

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    That's a good point, but don't think mounting it upside down would be a good idea. The lower arm that sits underneath the swing out is probably designed to absorb some of the weight of the actual bike rack. I would definitely check and see if it voids any warranties by mounting it in a way it was probably not designed to be mounted. I would also think you would be liable for any failures due to using it in a manner it probably wasn't intended to be used. Just my $.02
     
  19. May 9, 2021 at 11:53 AM
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    Slithery friends are back out
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    Clipless doesn’t always mean painless
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  20. May 9, 2021 at 12:11 PM
    mtskibum16

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    Looks to me that the moment of the rack at the point the swing arm is connected is transferred through the vertical pin connection. The moment on the pin will essentially transfer the load the same in either orientation. The small amount of vertical shear the lower arm is taking should be pretty easily handled as a tensile load in the pin. That's my thought at least at first glance. I'd want to look at the assembly closer to be sure.
     
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