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Bike Rack Recommendations for Bikes With Wide Horizontal Bars On 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee

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Can you tell me how long is this strap I have special Folding bike that has very large wide Bar in the middle .. not sure if strap will be able to go around?

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The dimensions of the Swagman Cradle Strap # P482 for the Swagman Trailhead Bike Carrier # S63380 is 9-1/2 inches long by 1 inch wide by 1/4 inches thick. This rack fits both 1-1/4-inch and 2-inch trailer hitches, working for both Class I and Class II hitches. If you are using this with a Class I hitch, you can only carry 2 bikes. I have provided links to both the installation instructions and a video review of this rack.

If you find the Trailhead bike rack is not compatible for your bike, you might be interested in the Swagman XTC-2 Platform Bike Rack # S64670. It carries 2 bikes with the bikes tires providing the attachment points to the rack, accommodating tires up to 2-1/2 inches wide.

I have provided links to the installation instructions for this bike rack as well as a video review of this carrier and a video showing the installation of this rack on your vehicle.

Another option for your bike is the Swagman Bike Adapter # 64005. It provides a usable horizontal bar for alternatively-framed bikes such as yours and will also provide a more level ride and more ground clearance for your bike on a 2-arm hitch-mounted bike rack. I have provided a link to a video review of this product.

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