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    Quote Originally Posted by AFHokie View Post
    Do you know if you can fit a recumbent bike along with regular bikes on the 1Up rack? A few of my friends ride bents and Ideally, the rack I get will be able to fit one along with my bike.
    I don't own a bent so I can't say for sure, but I have used my 1Up to transport my tandem bike occasionally. I use a few extra straps (a Voile strap on each wheel, in addition to the rack's arms) and a ratcheting strap the stabilizes the center. I'm pretty sure the manufacturer would never recommend doing it since the wheelbase is a little long -- and I'm not recommending it either. It's just another data point

    If I can find an old pic or have time to put the tandem on the rack and snap a new pic, I'll edit this post with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AFHokie View Post
    Do you know if you can fit a recumbent bike along with regular bikes on the 1Up rack? A few of my friends ride bents and Ideally, the rack I get will be able to fit one along with my bike.
    It really depends on the style of recumbent, most so-called "short wheelbase" recumbents (those where the pedals hang in front of the front wheel) will fit in standard bike carriers. I use a fork-mount roof rack.

    The thing to keep in mind with recumbents is that very often their center of gravity is above any horizontal frame members, so they will not play well with any kind of frame-hanger rack.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bentbike33 View Post
    The thing to keep in mind with recumbents is that very often their center of gravity is above any horizontal frame members, so they will not play well with any kind of frame-hanger rack.
    Unless you hang them upside down.

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    Not sure if OP is still evaluating, but adding 1UP is really solid rack. Heavy, though, so bear that in mind if you plan to mount/dismount it often.

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    I have a Kuat Transfer 2, which is their "entry level" hitch mount rack. Got it for my wife's car. Besides it being a Kuat, one of the reasons I got it was because it's not intended to be permanently mounted and it's relatively light (for a bike rack) so pretty easy to take on/off. Not a true ""platform" rack in that the bike holder isn't a single continuous piece. Rather, separate pieces for the front and rear wheels. Not quite as elegant as the more expensive Kuat racks. And uses more plastic rather than alloy. But still does the job (for me, at least). Holds bike rock steady.

    Note that these pics are from when I first installed and tested the rack. I subsequently adjusted the front wheel holders so that the bikes sit "level."

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