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Old 07-02-19, 06:45 AM
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Stolen THULE T2 Pro XT hitch rack

Last Saturday my THULE hitch rack was stolen right from my car. I had just completed a very nice ride coastal ride, but when I returned my car I saw that the rack was gone.

The rack is, was, a very nice rack, solid and well made. The mechanism that locks it to the hitch receiver, however, is rubbish. A fifth grader with a paper clip can unlock it in a matter of seconds. My old T2 Classic used a hitch pin lock and that seemed far more secure.

I know of at least one other club member whose rack was also stolen.

Have any other THULE rack owners had a similar experience?

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Old 07-02-19, 07:06 AM
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sorry to hear this!


I lock mine in the receiver for this reason......
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Old 07-02-19, 07:15 AM
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Bummer, so sorry to hear. I am just thinking about getting a rack to carry more than one bike, but for now, I like it locked up inside my hatchback. Where were you parked, so us locals can keep an eye out? Too many bad guys out there.
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Old 07-02-19, 01:53 PM
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Originally Posted by sdmc530 View Post
sorry to hear this!


I lock mine in the receiver for this reason......
I locked mine to the receiver as well, using the provided Thule lock. Their lock is rubbish, however.

I am reading more and more accounts of people having their bike racks getting stolen.

Oh well, life in the big city, at least the bike was not attached to the rack.
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Old 07-02-19, 01:55 PM
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Originally Posted by Slightspeed View Post
Bummer, so sorry to hear. I am just thinking about getting a rack to carry more than one bike, but for now, I like it locked up inside my hatchback. Where were you parked, so us locals can keep an eye out? Too many bad guys out there.
Steve
Emma Wood Beach (the overlook);

I think from now on I will just carry the bike inside the car. Safer that way.
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Old 07-02-19, 04:41 PM
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I use a aftermarket hitch lock, not the sad thule version. I don't know if anyone has ever tried but they will have to work at it.
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Old 07-02-19, 04:48 PM
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Sorry to read about this. My GF bought a Saris hitch rack 2 years ago and the lock looks pretty secure but you're making me think we should look into this now.
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Originally Posted by sdmc530 View Post
I use a aftermarket hitch lock, not the sad thule version. I don't know if anyone has ever tried but they will have to work at it.
The T2 Classic has a locking hitch pin. Buying a more stout lock, like you did, is the way to go.

The T2 Pro XT uses a cam knob mechanism that expands inside the hitch and actuates a locking pin. The rotating knob has a key. This is the Achilles heel of the system. That lock is easily picked.


The next rack I buy will have a regular pin lock.
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Originally Posted by no motor? View Post
Sorry to read about this. My GF bought a Saris hitch rack 2 years ago and the lock looks pretty secure but you're making me think we should look into this now.
Be sure to double, even triple check it.
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Old 07-02-19, 08:41 PM
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Originally Posted by eja_ bottecchia View Post
Last Saturday my THULE hitch rack was stolen right from my car. I had just completed a very nice ride coastal ride, but when I returned my car I saw that the rack was gone.

The rack is, was, a very nice rack, solid and well made. The mechanism that locks it to the hitch receiver, however, is rubbish. A fifth grader with a paper clip can unlock it in a matter of seconds. My old T2 Classic used a hitch pin lock and that seemed far more secure.

I know of at least one other club member whose rack was also stolen.

Have any other THULE rack owners had a similar experience?

Could it have been stolen by someone who waved at you and you ignored them?
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Old 07-02-19, 09:27 PM
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Originally Posted by ColonelSanders View Post
Could it have been stolen by someone who waved at you and you ignored them?
Where were you this past Saturday and do you have witnesses who can account for your whereabouts?
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Could it have been stolen by someone who waved at you and you ignored them?
Just because you put an emoji in your comment doesn't make it any less offensive. Someone just had an expensive bike rack stolen off his vehicle and yet you think it is alright to joke about it. It was $850+ Australian dollars, that's nothing to sneeze at.
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Old 07-03-19, 07:38 AM
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Originally Posted by blakcloud View Post
Just because you put an emoji in your comment doesn't make it any less offensive. Someone just had an expensive bike rack stolen off his vehicle and yet you think it is alright to joke about it. It was $850+ Australian dollars, that's nothing to sneeze at.
The poster that you refer to has a wave-fetish. He continually tries to put down my refusal to slavishly adhere to his wave fetish.

You are right about his comment; I mostly just ignore him.

Thank you for your support, it was an expensive loss, but oh well, that’s life in the big city.
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Thanks for the PSA. I sometimes use a Thule Apex Swing 4 (with integrated locking cable). I'll now be packing backup U-locks and cables when we travel with that rack.
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Originally Posted by blakcloud View Post
Just because you put an emoji in your comment doesn't make it any less offensive. Someone just had an expensive bike rack stolen off his vehicle and yet you think it is alright to joke about it. It was $850+ Australian dollars, that's nothing to sneeze at.
I wasn't joking.
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Originally Posted by sdmc530 View Post
I use a aftermarket hitch lock, not the sad thule version. I don't know if anyone has ever tried but they will have to work at it.
What aftermarket hitch lock did you buy? Thank you.
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I'm hoping that your car insurance covers some of the cost. I'm so sorry this happened to you.
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Since you are in the market for a new rack, check out 1UP USA. Great racks and they have a unique locking mechanism with extra security options, I haven't heard of one being stolen yet.
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I use this one:


https://www.etrailer.com/Hitch-Locks...SABEgKprfD_BwE

don't know how good it really is but no complaints
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Now you've got me paranoid.
I also just use the little Thule hitch pin lock that came with the rack.
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Originally Posted by jadocs View Post
Since you are in the market for a new rack, check out 1UP USA. Great racks and they have a unique locking mechanism with extra security options, I haven't heard of one being stolen yet.
Thanks, I will look at it. They have great reviews.
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Originally Posted by Nachoman View Post
Now you've got me paranoid.
I also just use the little Thule hitch pin lock that came with the rack.
The locking mechanism can be easily defeated. You can, however, look into alternative lock pins.
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Originally Posted by sdmc530 View Post
I use this one:


https://www.etrailer.com/Hitch-Locks...SABEgKprfD_BwE

don't know how good it really is but no complaints
That looks pretty solid.
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Originally Posted by Lucillle View Post
I'm hoping that your car insurance covers some of the cost. I'm so sorry this happened to you.
The deductible is too high. Not worth it to file a claim and later have my premiums go up.
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Originally Posted by eja_ bottecchia View Post
Thanks, I will look at it. They have great reviews.
Each tray has a 50lb rating in the four bike configuration. 200lbs as shown above. Even more if less trays are used. It is solid, secured by the tires, nothing required to hook on a top tube, down tube, or seat post. Easy on and off.
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