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Re: anyone hauling an xtracycle on a prius?

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  • nancyh434
    Thanks for the great responses. The Glide Away looks like a good solution. Nancy
    Message 1 of 4 , Oct 27, 2011
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      Thanks for the great responses. The Glide Away looks like a good solution.

      Nancy

      --- In rootsradicals@yahoogroups.com, "Proxy" <lists@...> wrote:
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      > I use a Yakima 4-bike rack that bends down, however an easier model of hitch rack to use would be a Glide Away rack. I can get three other bikes on my Yakima with my XC loaded on it first. The primary drawback to this is your hitch height, on my van, I'm left with about 4 inches of clearance below the bike and the tarmac, so I hear it drag when I exit driveways, for instance. This could be remedied with a hitch height adapter.
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      > The trick I find when using a hitch mounted bike rack and an XC is to rotate the bike vertically and rest the seat tube on the rack bars. You won't have to lift it to the top of the vehicle, and you can engage the bikes rear brake to swing the front up to get it close to the rack. Then when it's vertical, you might only have to lift a few inches.
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      > Quoting from the Amazon product description:
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      > "... 4 bike carrier is a rear oriented bike carrier for vehicles utilizing hitch receivers that allows full access to the rear interior of the vehicle without the necessity of removing the bikes. Designed around an accordion style folding mechanism, when need be the glideAWAY deluxe can extend up to 23" away from its locked position close to the vehicle. This makes it perfect for use with hatchbacks. It can also swivel either left or right when extended, allowing for even more space to reach cargo. It also ships with an anti-wobble device and a 72" lockable cable. Available in 2" or 1.25" hitch receiver sizes."
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      > http://www.amazon.com/Heininger-2200-Advantage-SportsRack-glideAWAY/dp/B0002Z9KHC
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      > --- In rootsradicals@yahoogroups.com, "nancyh434" <nhurrelbrinck@> wrote:
      > > I'm seeking further advice: we'd like to buy a rack for our Prius that allows us to open the hatch with the bikes loaded. Anyone have such a thing?
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