I'm thinking about getting one, and looking for some advice.
I have a 2006 Subaru Legacy; I bought it with 13,000 miles, and it's the closest I've had to a new car. It still looks and drives like one, which has been very, very difficult for me over the past 2.5 years ... so I'm a bit nervous about a roof rack damaging the car somehow. It just seems like either it will dent the roof, scratch the paint, or cause some other problem. Also, I have a sunroof, and actually enjoy it quite a bit, between the breeze and the scenery when I'm in the mountains.
I'd like to be able to move my bike and my kayak around, though. As it stands, the only way to get my bike into the mountains would be to ride it there, exhausting me before I'd reach the trail. And there just isn't another way to get my 17 foot sea kayak up into some of the mountain lakes I want to explore. I don't think there's a situation where I'd want to transport them both at the same time, though.
Does anybody have any advice? Are my worries just paranoia, or is this idea not for me? What else should I know?