OK, after doing a bit of shopping and searching I'm still left with just what bike carrier I want. I have an SUV that has a very sturdy built-in roof rack. It also has a built in trailer hitch receiver. I need to carry two bikes.
If I put down the seats I can carry them inside. But, that doesn't leave any room for anything else. So, they are going outside.
It is a bit awkward but they could go on the roof. But, due to the height of the rack it seems that will be a two person job. Not very nice when I only have one person riding and one bike to carry. But they would be cleaner and more secure.
It would be very easy to get the bikes on and off a hitch rack. But, they are more vulnerable and it looks like they would get dirtier and maybe even cause malfunctions due to the grime.
OK, from your experience what are the trade-offs? What do you recommend?