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Old 06-19-08, 04:01 PM   #1
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Do you leave your bike rack on car when riding?

After you remove your bike from your bike rack (my bike rack attaches to the back hood with straps), do you remove your bike rack and put it inside your car when you go riding?
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Old 06-19-08, 04:23 PM   #2
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it's not hard to steal one from the back of a car and will **** up the car's metal if stolen, but no usually i just leave it on if i'm in a good area.

if i was in a bad area, i'd take it off for peace of mind... but it is a huge hassle.

my question to you is... what the hell does this have to do with safety or advocacy? unless your rack hangs out into a bike lane...?
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Old 06-19-08, 04:38 PM   #3
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Honestly, I'm new here and I didn't know where to post this question. Also, don't give me an attitude when you ask me a question. This is a Bike Forum not a heated discussion. By the way, thanks for your opinion.
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sorry- please calm down, i didn't mean offense. welcome to the site!
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Old 06-20-08, 06:32 AM   #5
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I don't remove mine, but it is a hitch mount and I use a locking pin to keep it from being taken. If I used one of those that just hook onto the trunk I would probably still not take it off.
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Old 06-20-08, 06:37 AM   #6
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I bought the official VW rooftop load bars and bike carriers. They are specific to the B5/B5.5 Audi A4 - based Passat wagons and have built-in locks, for which I hold the keys. It takes a good 15 minutes to remove them.
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Old 06-20-08, 06:37 AM   #7
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This is a Bike Forum not a heated discussion.
...clearly you are new.
unless you're in a bad area leave it on. I think as a general matter of courtesy bikers will treat each other as they'd like to be treated, so I don't think you have to worry about another cyclist stealing your rack.
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My car has a hitch. If I use my hitch mount rack, it is locked on with a locking version of the pin that secures the rack to the hitch bar. My rooftop Thule setup also locks on via built-in locks.

My hunchback rack (which I prefer, as it combines the best of benefits between the hitch mount and the roof mount) attaches via straps. To increase my comfort when leaving it on the car, I use a cable bike lock to secure it to the safety-chain loops that are part of my hitch setup.

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Leave on. But I have either thule roof or a hitch mount.

And FYI, the general cycling forum would have been a more appropriate place for this question (just sayin' since you mentioned you weren't sure)

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I just got a new bike trunk rack today which i plan on leaving on my car. it was difficult finding one that fit on the trunk of my car because it has a spoiler. the Saris Bones rack fits though. the spoiler is a pain for finding a rack, but it makes a nice thing to lock the rack to (and bike to when its on). I just weave a cable lock from the rack around the spoiler and around the frame and front tire.

I still wouldnt leave my bike on the rack if I was planning on being somewhere for a long time, but for a quick stop it puts my mind to ease somewhat about my bike being stolen (as easily as it could have been before).
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I don't remove mine, but it is a hitch mount and I use a locking pin to keep it from being taken. If I used one of those that just hook onto the trunk I would probably still not take it off.
+1 - that's the same set up I have for my truck. The other thing I have going for leaving it on the truck is that the rack itself is fire-engine red, was made in a high school metal-working class, and weighs almost as much as the truck it's hooked to. No one in their right mind would try to take the thing.
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I've left my rack on the back of my car for weeks on end. It never occurred to me that anyone would want to steal it let alone try.
Maybe I'm just naive.
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Old 06-27-08, 09:56 PM   #13
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Strap on racks can be purchased for as little as $5 here in the thrift shops.
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I ride my bicycle from my home, so I don't need a rack on a vehicle.

Advocate riding to ride, instead of driving to ride.
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Old 07-02-08, 09:59 PM   #15
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I take it off, no matter where I am.
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My Yakima locks on. It's also a ski rack. I never take the basic rack off, but do take of ski parts when I not using them, and sometimes bike parts when i don't need them.
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