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Old 11-11-2017, 09:09 PM
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I have the tow package. Any advice on buying bike racks? I've always just shoved them in the Minivan, but think it's time to get a proper rack. Looking at Thule, Yakima racks for 4 bikes but open to anything. Anything about the Q7 that lends itself to one type/brand vs another?
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Yes, the trunk can open and it clears... By about 1/2"!

If cost is not prohibitive, I'm a huge fan of the 1Up USA bike rack.


Get the 2in heavy duty double bike rack. You can then buy 1 or 2 extra bike trays that bolt on (easy, fast, to expand our contact the system). I have mine as a 2-bike rack most of the time, and add up two more when needed.

Awesome advantages to the system are:
1. When the rack is folded up (not being used) it sits just right so the trunk can still open without having to mess with the rack. I doubt you can do that with the Yakima or Thule racks because their trays are farther apart and the system is therefore taller when in the folded position. Being able to open the truck only works in the 2-bike configuration - if you have a 3rd tray on there it will no longer clear. 2. The trays are closer together because the trays are slightly staggered vertically. Also, the bikes are kept in place with arms that compress/hold the tires. You can offset each bike towards the front tire so they get more staggered to allow for handlebar/saddle clearance. My brother and I can't get our mountain bikes to fit on a Yakima rack without moving a saddle or adding a spacer under a tire because the handlebar of one bike hits the saddle of the other. That's never an issue with this rack.
3. Although all these racks are heavy, it is completely manageable in the 2-bike setting and very easy on and off - locking in position with an expansion bolt rather than needing to find the hitch pin.
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I bought an ATOC Draftmaster about 20 years ago since wife and I ride a tandem, and still use it today. Ours is configured to hold a tandem and 2 standard bikes. It can be configured to hold 4 standard bikes.

What I like about it is the ability to easily lower it and open the rear hatch without removing the bikes.

I don't have photos of it installed on the Q7, but here are photos on an Escalade I once owned.

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Heck I'd buy a bike rack just to prevent all the license plate reader cameras from getting a scan.
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