Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Tucson, AZ
Bikes: 1984 Trek 720 with a Nexus hub, 2016 Cannondale Synapse
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Originally Posted by jondubus
The main drawback of any rear-mounted rack- Getting rear ended- your bike is toast. My erstwhile Bianchi will attest. Never again. Handsome insurance settlement tho.
That can be a drawback of any bike rack. Getting rear ended could be enough to knock your bike off a roof rack. And with a roof rack you have to watch out for drive through window over hangs, low hanging branches and your own garage door if you forget the bikes are up there.
If you put your bike inside the car and get rear ended, well alot of damage can be done by the bike getting thrown around inside the car.
There are certainly good and bad points about all bike racks. The ease of getting a bike on it. Do you have to take off a wheel or two? Clamp parts of it down that could later come undone, like a fork clamp on many racks.
Will the rack affect your gas mileage? If so how much? Will it affect your ability to carry passengers? Other cargo?
Can you lock the bike for when you step into a restaurant for a bite to eat.
There are alot of things to consider and you have to choose what you think will work best for you.
For me a hitch rack was the best option. With mine it is very easy and quick to put the bike on it. Easy to secure. Small impact on gas mileage. Easy to move it to any car with a hitch.
For you your best option may be different.