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Title: Car Racks
Post by: Krampus 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?
Title: Re: Car Racks
Post by: globecanvas 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.
Title: Re: Car Racks
Post by: JoelS 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.


Title: Re: Car Racks
Post by: ygduf 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.


(http://g-ecx.images-amazon.com/images/G/01/stores/sport-goods/B0018TFUHA.03.lg.jpg)


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.
Title: Re: Car Racks
Post by: MidgetMaestro on March 04, 2014, 12:09:59 PM
Inno Racks (http://www.orsracksdirect.com/inno-racks.html)

I think shovel pointed me towards them, but mine has served me faithfully.
Title: Re: Car Racks
Post by: Wylde06 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. 
Title: Re: Car Racks
Post by: Krampus 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://b.cdnbrm.com/images/products/large/bike_ski_racks/saris_freedom_spare_tire_bike_rack_hero.jpg)


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
Title: Re: Car Racks
Post by: Wylde06 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.
Title: Re: Car Racks
Post by: ygduf on March 04, 2014, 11:32:19 PM
get rid of that space car and get an Element, the ultimate bike mobile.
Title: Re: Car Racks
Post by: Krampus 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.
Title: Re: Car Racks
Post by: Herbie53 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...

(http://www.etrailer.com/Merchant2/graphics/00000001/pics/s/1/s101_bb_1000.jpg)
Title: Re: Car Racks
Post by: ygduf 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.
Title: Re: Car Racks
Post by: Herbie53 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.
Title: Re: Car Racks
Post by: ygduf 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.
Title: Re: Car Racks
Post by: globecanvas 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/ (http://www.orsracksdirect.com/roof-bike-racks.html)
Title: Re: Car Racks
Post by: WCroadie on March 17, 2014, 02:22:41 PM
I have a hitch mount on my wife's CX-9, technically you are not supposed to hang a carbon frame on them, I wrap an old shirt around the frame where I strap it down.


I had a thule roof rack on my accord, never put it on the mazda and probably won't put it on the maszdaspeed as I do not want/like the way it looks.


If anyone is interested in a thule roof rack, lemme know.  I have the load bars, 3 decent lockable trays and 1 older tray, I will sell for not a lot of cash.  Shipping may be a problem though.
Title: Re: Car Racks
Post by: Vicelord on April 07, 2014, 12:12:44 PM
I have had quite an experience with racks!

I originally had the Yakima High Roller, and it was nice not having to take the front wheel off, but it never felt stable, and after reading a lot, I found out that wheel-on racks are not as secure as fork mount. So, after that rack was destroyed, I got the Yakima Copperhead, the basic level fork mount, and it was good, until it failed, and my bike flew off the car and onto the freeway. The construction quality of the Yakima products, at the time, seemed really great!

I've used friend's racks, most notably Kuat posted above, which is really, really, really nice, and probably the only one I'd consider for a hitch rack.

I recently went back to roof racks though, partially because WRX... can't put a hitch rack on a Subaru.

I am blown away... completely and utterly blown away by the quality and security of the Thule Paceline (http://www.thule.com/en-us/us/products/carriers-and-racks/bike-carriers/roof-mounted-bike-carriers/thule-paceline-527-_-1684640). The way the fork mounts to it, the way it locks, the aero'ness of it, the little rubber things they put on the strap specifically for carbon wheels, it's like they thought of everything and made an amazing piece. I had hard time $400 for two of them, but I wouldn't hesitate to do it again in a heartbeat if I needed another rack. There's a dial you turn to adjust the skewer, then close the thing down and lock it together, after using it once I went "wait, why do ALL racks not work this way?".