. . . . I need to be able to mix and match two bikes said:
. . . . another reason for the hitch mount bike rack - kayak #7 added to the fold here at home this past weekend!!!
Mind you, when carrying kayaks AND bikes, we break down and use a trailer set up to carry (up to) 4 'yaks, 2 bikes, and an assortment of camping gear.
The Thule 450 and 450R are the best two options, imo, however they are not the only two options. Yakima offers a similar set up called the Railgrab. It sits on top of your rails and well.. grabs it. Lol the third company is called INNO. Their set up is very similar to Thule's feet in the way that it mounts. The aftermarket bars simply offer a wider variety of carrying options out there, as well as give you a bit stronger and a more stable rack, in my experience. Definitely more carrying options out there for the aftermarket guys, though.I am in the process of finding a rack solution for my car. With the factory rails, is the Thule 450 & 450R the only options? I need to be able to mix and match two bikes, two kayaks, and snowboard carrier.
I noticed in the pictures some people are using their factory crossbars with bike rack. How does this hold up compared to using an aftermarket crossbars?
For a bike or two the factory bars will be "okay" but wobbly. Forget using kayaks on the factory bars. I'm a very experienced rack user and have transported as many as 6 kayaks at a time. No way would I use a factory bar for more than one kayak and only for short distances.I noticed in the pictures some people are using their factory crossbars with bike rack. How does this hold up compared to using an aftermarket crossbars?
Home made rack. 19 dollar fork clamp, 20 dollars worth of alum. C channel, hand bent thread stock, and alum. spray paint. Black on the outside, white inside. Weight: under 5 pounds. Good enough for a 23 CC tire or 2 inch tire width.