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Car Racks
« on: March 04, 2014, 09:29:44 AM »
I'm not new, but I'm new to carrying my bike on the outside of my car.

Anyone have thoughts on car racks? Roof vs. rear spare tire mount? Thoughts? Experience?

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Re: Car Racks
« Reply #1 on: March 04, 2014, 09:57:57 AM »

I use both, which gives me up to 6-bike capacity.


Quick bike on/off, don't care about interfering with opening the rear of the vehicle: rear mount.
Else: roof mount.


I actually have a complete Yakima round-rail system with 2.5 Raptor bike trays (2 work great, the third has a rusty bolt and is usable but annoying) that I was planning to craigslist once the weather turns nicer.   I like the system; selling it because we sold that vehicle and bought one with aero factory roof rails (I bought the identical system for the aero rails).  If you want it for, I dunno, $50 plus shipping (shipping will be pricey), let me know.


NB: bike racks destroy your MPG, even with no bikes on them.  I always remove the rack/trays when not in use.

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Re: Car Racks
« Reply #2 on: March 04, 2014, 10:37:19 AM »
I've got 2 trays on the roof (Yakima), and a hitch mounted rack on the back.  The hitch rack is a tray that carries the bikes under the wheels (Thule).  I like that one a LOT.  My wife has a Kuat hitch rack on her car, similar tray solution.  She's very happy with hers.



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Re: Car Racks
« Reply #3 on: March 04, 2014, 12:04:56 PM »
Don't know your car type, but I prefer hitch racks. Less worry about having your bike fly or be scraped off the top of your car, and less mucking with straps of a trunk rack situation.


I have one of these, and like it.





IRL it's not nearly so glossy. The hook slides down and presses your bike into the trays. If you lock it down, it would prevent all but determined thieves.

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Re: Car Racks
« Reply #4 on: March 04, 2014, 12:09:59 PM »
Inno Racks

I think shovel pointed me towards them, but mine has served me faithfully.

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Re: Car Racks
« Reply #5 on: March 04, 2014, 01:07:03 PM »
Speaking of car racks...I should probably see if mine fits the Maxima..I don't see why it wouldn't but would hate to find out the day I would need it
 
Hmm, according to Saris...it may not fit with the spoiler. 
« Last Edit: March 04, 2014, 01:14:19 PM by Wylde06 »

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Re: Car Racks
« Reply #6 on: March 04, 2014, 08:16:24 PM »
Thanks, all! I have a Rav4 with no hitch. However, I do have a rear mounted spare tire, which means I can use that. I'm going to opt for a bolt-on like the Saris or Thule, I think. Wylde, how's the material/build quality on your Saris?

Contemplating this one just because I've heard good things about tray vs. hanging for rear mounted racks.





http://www.saris.com/en/bike-racks/vehicle-racks/specialty-racks/freedom-spare-tire.html?page=shop.product_details&flypage=flypage_images.tpl&product_id=271&category_id=9
« Last Edit: March 04, 2014, 08:19:18 PM by Krampus »

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Re: Car Racks
« Reply #7 on: March 04, 2014, 08:47:47 PM »
I have the Saris Bones 2..I like it.  Quality seems good..I have gotten my bike and others to and from places unharmed.  Seems sturdy enough, although it feels like I stare out the rear view mirror half the time making sure the bike isnt moving.

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Re: Car Racks
« Reply #8 on: March 04, 2014, 11:32:19 PM »
get rid of that space car and get an Element, the ultimate bike mobile.

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Re: Car Racks
« Reply #9 on: March 05, 2014, 07:59:00 AM »
Thanks, Wylde! That's why I think I'm opting for the tray mount: no wobble.

I love my space car. Her name is Vera, she is my very favorite car. That said, I'm buying something completely different when it's time. Subaru Outback is in the lead right now, but time will tell.

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Re: Car Racks
« Reply #10 on: March 06, 2014, 08:54:52 AM »
If the weather ever breaks I will get around to putting a hitch on my car. I have an older hang from the top tube Thule, but want one that holds the bikes by the wheels in a tray.

I want to stay away from ones that hold the bike by the frame. This is the one I have seen others using, but it is spendy...

Sadly this is bike racing and not everyone gets a pony.

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Re: Car Racks
« Reply #11 on: March 06, 2014, 11:27:16 AM »
I think the fork is still part of the frame.


Kuat are nice, but the wheel clamp thing means you need an additional lock to bounce around and mar your frame. I think some kuat come with a retracting lock built in, though.

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Re: Car Racks
« Reply #12 on: March 06, 2014, 11:57:25 AM »
I think the fork is still part of the frame.


Kuat are nice, but the wheel clamp thing means you need an additional lock to bounce around and mar your frame. I think some kuat come with a retracting lock built in, though.


I don't follow, it looks like it only touches the front tire and maybe the brake. I think they do have some sort of built in lock. Looking for something the works the same way and costs less.
Sadly this is bike racing and not everyone gets a pony.

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Re: Car Racks
« Reply #13 on: March 06, 2014, 12:08:13 PM »

I don't follow, it looks like it only touches the front tire and maybe the brake.


Hip bone is connected to the leg bone.


Grip the wheel, which is clamped to the fork which is part of the frame.


I'd worry more about putting weird lateral stress on a wheel than the sliding clamp down on the top tube. I only use enough force downward to keep the bike from moving around.


Either was is surely safe for the gear. It's just a preference.

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Re: Car Racks
« Reply #14 on: March 06, 2014, 12:17:45 PM »
Yakima, Thule, and Inno all have racks that work that way.


This is a good site to see a lot of different kinds of racks: 
http://www.orsracksdirect.com/