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Any advice on bike racks?

I have only used this kind in the past

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Lots of options here, but I don't like that one!! Ask Chills why?

It really depends here. I've got a really nice carrier that hooks onto the tires of my bikes. I don't like them to grab onto the frames. If you don't mind some marks and scratches that's an option for you. But you can go anywhere from $100-450 on a carrier depending on how much you value your bike and how much you want to spend. My main advice is to stick with a name brand, thule or yakima

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ive got this:
http://www.amazon.com/Saris-Guardian.../dp/B000BT6Q4E

use it to take my bike back and forth when i was in college, never left a mark on the frame as it sits in rubber holders. I would advise tying the wheels so they dont spin/run/hit the car

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[email protected] Brian. Yeah, if you get one of those make sure you have the additional piece that holds the downtube in place.

Also like he says get a Thule or Yakima. They are solid and sturdy.

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I might hold off and buy something nicer to put on the Jetta. I think at least for now the trails are pretty close to us that we won't need to drive them. I guess like with everything you get what you pay for.

I saw some Yakimas and they looked nice. What are you using now Brian?

That one looks nice Pilot, I think the one I used before also was all rubber where it touched the bikes.

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It's probably expensive, but you can get a roof mounted bike rack from VW. It's made by Thule or Yakima.

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I might hold off and buy something nicer to put on the Jetta. I think at least for now the trails are pretty close to us that we won't need to drive them. I guess like with everything you get what you pay for.

I saw some Yakimas and they looked nice. What are you using now Brian?

That one looks nice Pilot, I think the one I used before also was all rubber where it touched the bikes.
I'm using this one.....


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i like it alot, 6 attachmant points to the car and the downtube holder to stop the bike from swaying built in it never came loose on me and its made 2 florida trips as well and no worse for the wear


muelen... holy crap, if a small stone sticks to your rear tire does it get jammed up with the frame

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That bike self cleans, has run flats and also makes you breakfast.
It wipes my a$$ for me too!

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My bike carrier is an SUV. Works well, but pricey.
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I had a Tundra, and loved it... but not having to put gas in the tank. I know if I don't have anything in the Montecarlo and drop the back seats I might be able to fit them, but don't want to scratch the crap out of perfectly new bikes... I will wait until I roll down some bunny hill.

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I purchased a Volvo XC70 wagon just to get the roof rack... Needless to say it was 3K for my bike rack...,but I did get rid of Tahoe for it.

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I'm with Chicago Performance on this one. I bought an SUV so that I can put them inside. Best bike rack I could find.
When I used to use bike racks I had a Yakima roof rack. The round bars allow you to rotate different fittings to get good alignments. That is more imporating on cars with real curved roofs. You can lock it on the roof. You can get locks to lock up your bikes on the rack. I didn't like any of the trunk racks. They all looked like they would scratch the trunk up and most of my friends that used them said that they did. If I was going to get one for the rear I'd look at one that would plug into a hitch and attach to the wheels of the bike.

Oh with roof racks you need to remember that you have bikes up there. No going into a garage or through some drive throughs. I know folks that have ruined nice bikes and damaged their vehicles when they forgot that they had bikes up top. You can buy a thingy for your visor that reminds you but I don't know if those work. I never ran into anything with my roof rack but had two near misses where I remembered just in time to stop.

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John needs this for two bikes though. I agree. Especially with my expensive bikes I'll throw them in the back of an SUV. But he needs a spot for two bikes and we are not talking carbon fibre multi thousand dollar bikes here.

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I have a truck and if I am going to leave it somewhere or if the weather is bad I will put the bikes inside. The rack is much more convenient. If you have a nice bike or are very picky about nicks and skuffs the ones that hold your wheels instead of the frame are nice.
or you can wrap the frame with some foam near the contact areas as well if you get the hanging kind.

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My bike carrier is an SUV. Works well, but pricey.
Or a $5 towel to protect the rear seat of your car. Anyone remember the link I posted about the different types of riders out there? Hahaha Anything that is tied down off the back of your car sideways will not be good at speeds over 65 mph, therefore would not work for ken as he doesn't drive that slow.

I use the same one as Brian and it works great. Roof racks are good for long distance road trips and driving into your garage or a drive thru when you are spent after a long ride and forgot your bitch is tied to the roof. Hitch mounted is the next best, then a trunk mounted which can limit access to the trunk while in place. The hitch mounted ones just pivot out of the way. Trunk mounted racks usually have a little more setup and It's easier to put your stuff in the car as opposed to the trunk.

I picked up a hitch at etrailers.com for $125 for my corolla which significantly in increased the price but I have also pulled my dirtbike behind it. The install was 4 bolts and did it alone in the driveway.

This is what I bought
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...ce-full-site=1

I like this one too
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...ce-full-site=1


If you get one like you posted just make sure the bike is tied down well. I had a bike fly off one when I was a teenager- luckily it was a friends bike.
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I prefer roof racks over anything on the rear. Using bicycles as a bumper isnt my idea of fun. Plus some of the rear mounted racks do block the taillights quite a bit. Right now I just toss it in the bed under the topper.

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I actually bought an SUV two years ago and haven't touched my bike rack since.

Never a bad time to climb... unless the weather is really horrible, and then you climb inside!

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I actually bought an SUV two years ago and haven't touched my bike rack since.
I still use my a lot, even having the SUV. I don't like putting one bike on top of the other so when my wife and I are going I use the rack. Going to a race packing for 2 people to go away for a weekend race I might put it on the rack too as long as the weather is ok. MTB'ing, I don't want the mud in my car, so I use the rack. In the winter though, going back and forth to computrainer classes I just throw the bike in the back.

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I put three bikes easily in my SUV. I lay them flat and put full coverage pads in between. I've been doing it that way for years. I haven't damaged anything yet. Not a scratch. I still have room to load in gear.
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I put three bikes easily in my SUV. I lay them flat and put full coverage pads in between. I've been doing it that way for years. I haven't damaged anything yet. Not a scratch. I still have room to load in gear.
No thanks! LOL I've spent less on motorcycles than my bike and my wifes bike seperately!! I wouldn't lay motorcycles on their side and stack them on top of each other in the back of a truck. Not doing it with my bicycles!

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Yeah, if I were regularly transporting two bikes to races I'd probably get a hitch-mount rack.

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I have a couple stories here to persuade you one way or the other.

My buddy Rick has a roof mount rack and routinely put his road bike on top of the car to do group rides after work. On the way to work, he whipped into the parking garage and forgot the bike was up there, and the bike smashed into the garage and shot off the car like it came out of a cannon. There is a sweet dent in the head tube from that one.

Another day he came home from a ride and backed into his garage, once again, forgetting his bike was up there, and watched the bike ride down the windshield and into the street.

He decided at that point to get a hitch mounted rack to prevent that from happening again. I hooked him up with a girl I knew who raced, and they went to a race together, with their bikes on the back rack. Of course he put hers on last. They got to their destination, and realized her bike wasn't there. It fell off somewhere in the last 100 miles. They called the highway patrol as a last resort, and surprisingly they had it. They picked it up all mangled and shit.

Moral of the story: Get an SUV.
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Lucky for me I have a trail about 2.8 miles from my house, so the need for a rack might wait a bit. I have taken bikes from Michigan to Wisconsin in the back of a car without issue (bungies FTW)

I do like the SUV idea... but the wife wants a BW Bug next and I am thinking of keeping the Jetta for myself.

You did steer me from the roof thing CP, completely.

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Honestly it's easy to forget they are up there. Shit, one time I forgot I was in my box truck and went through McDonald's drive through and buried my front end in their overhang. "Nothing for me, thanks"

The back hitch mount is your best bet if you MUST have a rack.
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Honestly it's easy to forget they are up there. Shit, one time I forgot I was in my box truck and went through McDonald's drive through and buried my front end in their overhang. "Nothing for me, thanks"

The back hitch mount is your best bet if you MUST have a rack.
+1, given the choice my road bikes always go inside the SUV. If I'm getting dirty or I have two bikes with me I use a solid, name brand, dependable hitch mount rack FTW!

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I even put my mountain bike inside my IS350. I'm not hanging my bike off the back end of any car. If I had a Huffy then I wouldn't care, but with the bikes I have now, I don't want to lose anything on it.
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That is a good point though

I know the monte carlo can fit one, but I would hate to put one on top of the other and end up with a tangled mess. I guess when the times come I will make my ultimate decision... The good think about quick release is that it should be easy to fit them.

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