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View Poll Results: What do you do with your bike rack
Leave it on all season 21 42.00%
Take it off after each use 21 42.00%
Depends if I will ride next day. 8 16.00%
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Old 03-29-09, 07:15 AM   #1
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Rack on or off

Was just wondering how many leave there bike racks on the car once you start riding for the season? For what ever reason you select please give a reason why you have selected that reason.

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Old 03-29-09, 07:46 AM   #2
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The rack has two functions:

1 Taking the bike to and from the shop.
2 Taking the car to and from the shop.

Once finished, the rack comes off.

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Old 03-29-09, 07:56 AM   #3
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I take mine off while I am riding and after every ride when I get home.

I have a good bit of money invested in a good rack. I would really hate for someone to decide they needed it more than I do while I was out somewhere. Locks are for honest people so that is really not an option. Besides, it interferes with the back up sensors on my SUV and I have to turn them off when I have the rack on.
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Old 03-29-09, 08:11 AM   #4
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Mine's a roof rack that's locked onto the car. It doubles as a rack for other things as well.
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Old 03-29-09, 08:19 AM   #5
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Hubby usually leaves my cheap Bell rack on the car. Don't know what I'll do once I start riding my new trike...

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Old 03-29-09, 08:20 AM   #6
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One or the other hitch rack is probably on from now into November. Which one depends on what time of the season, whether or not wife is riding and how far we're going to travel to ride.
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Old 03-29-09, 08:48 AM   #7
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I selected "leave it on all season", because there was no selection "leave it on most of the time" which is what I mostly do. Going to the car wash or if I am going to be opening the trunk or tail gate often, it comes off. One reason that I leave it on is I will do some one way rides and my wife will come and meet me, have lunch etc, and then we will drive home together, that kind of thing, or if I have a problem and would like her to come and get me.

Now, that said, she will be riding with me much of the time this season so forget everything I just said, guess I am too lazy to take it off and on regularly.
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Old 03-29-09, 08:52 AM   #8
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I leave it on all season and take it off after each use! Huh ?

Lemme 'splain.....
1.) The Hollywood hitch rack is only on the Van when I'm transporting a DF to someplace then it comes off for safe, easy access to the interior for transporting my recumbents.
2.) The Yakima roof rack stays on the Caprice all season as it not only transports the occasional DF, but I can use it to haul lumber and fencing or anything else I can throw up there. (The Caprice is in it's final year of trusty service as I'm putting it up for sale this Fall, but I'll keep the rack)
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Old 03-29-09, 10:04 AM   #9
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Mine's a roof rack that's locked onto the car. It doubles as a rack for other things as well.
+1 with the added advantage that I can find my car in a parking lot just by looking for the rack

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Old 03-29-09, 10:13 AM   #10
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My hitch rack stays on my van year round. It folds down when I need access to the back area.

The rack doesn't interfere with my backup warning system unless I have bikes loaded on it.
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Old 03-29-09, 10:25 AM   #11
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On our Mustang, we take the hitch rack off after each use.

I have two fork mounts permanently mounted to the tool box on my truck.
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Old 03-29-09, 10:31 AM   #12
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My rack consists of several of those skewer locks at various locations on the toolbox in my pickup bed. I ride year round.
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Our "season" here is year round. I only put the rack on when I'm hauling bikes somewhere (which isn't very often) as there isn't enough room between the garage door and where I store my commuter bike for the van with the rack in place.
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Old 03-29-09, 11:47 AM   #14
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I take it off after each use, except I'll occasionally leave it on during a ride. It folds up nicely and lives in the trunk. Wish I had a hitch mounted rack, though.
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Old 03-29-09, 12:07 PM   #15
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I take it off after each use. But that is because I have a hitch mounted rack and a short garage. I can't close the garage door with the rack on the bike. Otherwise I would probably never take it off.
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I take it off as DG keeps moaning about only getting 6 MPG if I leave it on his Rolls.
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Season? Year round riding here, hitch rack style never comes off the suv...and too much work to take them off this beastie
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I have a 1" x 6" with two skewer clamps attached. I keep it the back of my 4 Runner all year. I do use a hitch mount if we need to use the back of the car for luggage or more than two riders and three bikes on trips.
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Four bike rack inside the mini van, stays in always.
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I honestly thought you were referring to my bike rack ... the one that is mounted behind my bike seat. My first thought was, "People go to all of the trouble to take them off after rides?"
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Old 03-29-09, 09:55 PM   #21
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If I am only hauling my bike, it usually goes inside the PT Cruiser. But if I need to haul more than one bike, I'll put the cheapo Bell hitch rack on and will leave it there for a while if I think I'll need to use it again soon. I also use the rack when I am taking the MTB somewhere where I expect it to get really dirty.

I only take it off during a ride if I'm parking in an especially rough neighborhood where theft seems like a particularly likely outcome. But I try to avoid parking in such places.
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Old 03-29-09, 10:03 PM   #22
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I have racks on two of my bikes, but have a hard time getting the car onto the rack. I leave these racks on my bike all year, but, otherwise, carry my bikes inside my van.
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Old 03-29-09, 10:04 PM   #23
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I thought you were talking about the rack on the back of my bike that holds panniers. That stays on all the time. I have no rack on my petrol-powered wheels to carry a bike. My rides start and end at my back door. I can't remember the last time I put a bike in a car, but I think it was probably in 2005 when I broke a shift cable and wasn't carrying a spare and called my son for a ride home.
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Old 03-29-09, 10:31 PM   #24
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Considering I use my bike as part of a bi-modal commute, it's on my car 365 days a year.
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We have two vehicles. On cgallagh's 4Runner, the rack stays on. My Camry, the bike rides in the back seat, hence no rack. No option for this so I didn't vote.
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