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Old 09-11-06, 06:33 PM   #1
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Those with non roof racks....

I just recently got the Thule T2 hitch rack. Greatest thing God ever invented since sliced bread.
http://www.thuleracks.com/thule/prod...t_id=8&sku=916

My question:

Has anyone hit you with your bikes on? My nephew who owns an LBS would have a fit if he found out I had it because he just hates it when people use expensive bikes as "bumpers".

Yesterday this woman was either being a real witch or she couldn't drive a stick because at every light, her car was lunging at mine, back and forth like she was riding/popping the clutch. I watched in the mirror and my heart skipped a beat every time. I switched lanes, she switched with me. I swear I grew some gray hairs.
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Old 09-11-06, 06:44 PM   #2
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One of the ladies I ride with got her beloved litespeed smashed when it was on her trunk rack. Some guy plowed her car

On the bright side, she got a brand new Se7en out of the insurance payoff
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I have been rearended a couple of times, but never with the bikes on the back. Now I use a bed mount rack and put them in the back of the truck. You gotta do what ya gotta do and make sure your insurance is paid up.

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Oh, I like that bike rack! Could you put some reflectors on it, or perhaps use some reflective straps or brightly colored ribbon on the wheels, something to say, "Hey, look at me!"?
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I agree it's a risk, but it's so much better than getting epicondylitis or a rotator cuff injury from repeatedly hoisting the bikes up top.
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I put my bikes on the roof and drive them into low hanging ceilings and signs. Saves me the trouble of being rear-ended.
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I got the Thule Trailblazer about a year ago. It's been a good rack, but haven't had any rearend collisions to comment on that. I preferred a rack of the style you mentioned, but wanted to be able to carry at least 3 bikes (preferably 4).

As I said..never had a rear end, but would assume/hope insurance would deal with that issue.
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I got the Thule Trailblazer about a year ago. It's been a good rack, but haven't had any rearend collisions to comment on that. I preferred a rack of the style you mentioned, but wanted to be able to carry at least 3 bikes (preferably 4).

As I said..never had a rear end, but would assume/hope insurance would deal with that issue.

You can carry up to four bikes with the extension. I like this rack because the frames are not touched, the car body is not touched, and you don't have to remove the front wheel (dang lock up on disks! )

Anyway, my insurance is always paid up but I wonder if that would be under auto insurance? My bikes are insured under home policy.
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You can carry up to four bikes with the extension. I like this rack because the frames are not touched, the car body is not touched, and you don't have to remove the front wheel (dang lock up on disks! )

Anyway, my insurance is always paid up but I wonder if that would be under auto insurance? My bikes are insured under home policy.
Yeah....I know you can get an extension, but it would have been soooooo expensive that way.

I got thule trailblazer rack for like $369 or something like that. The best rack of that style I liked (I think was the sportwork) was like $300 for the rack for 2, and another $269 for the 2-bike extension. Something like that.....


Looking back, I should have the two bike version and just not bothered with extension until/if I needed. As I've only carried more than 2 bikes like twice in a year, I could probably have never needed it.
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I got out my socket set and removed the back seat and rear door panels from my car. I can now fit 3 bikes in the back, 3 people up front, and a ton of crap in the trunk. Works a lot better for my wallet than anything from Thool.
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A friend had 2 bikes stolen from his rear rack, cable was cut and the bike gone in a second! Happened twice before he moved to the roof with the bikes. This was in Colorado.
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Yeah....I know you can get an extension, but it would have been soooooo expensive that way.

I got thule trailblazer rack for like $369 or something like that. The best rack of that style I liked (I think was the sportwork) was like $300 for the rack for 2, and another $269 for the 2-bike extension. Something like that.....


Looking back, I should have the two bike version and just not bothered with extension until/if I needed. As I've only carried more than 2 bikes like twice in a year, I could probably have never needed it.

Two bikes on rack, one in back of car (Blazer)
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A friend had 2 bikes stolen from his rear rack, cable was cut and the bike gone in a second! Happened twice before he moved to the roof with the bikes. This was in Colorado.
I once had a tent stolen from my back yard. Strange thing was they left the sleeping bag that was in the tent.
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A friend had 2 bikes stolen from his rear rack, cable was cut and the bike gone in a second! Happened twice before he moved to the roof with the bikes. This was in Colorado.

I use the Onguard Beast. I was GONNA use cable because of the length but the chain is good enough. Just gotta remember to take it off when I am driving so no damage occurs.
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That explains it!
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Hey baby. Nice set of racks.
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You know.......Nobody has ever said that to me before...........
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Asian curse..............


But I DID get my rack on sale!!!
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Asian curse, Asian smurse...inner beauty (at the very least).
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Unfortunately, most guys don't think that way.



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