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    MAK
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    Roof Carrier Recommendations Please

    I just bought a new small SUV (2016 Mazda CX-5) and while my bikes fit in the back, I'd like to add a roof carrier also. It has a roof rack with side and cross rails (Mazda OEM is actually ordered and soon to be installed). I'd prefer a lockable fork mount as removing the wheel and locking the frame to the carrier makes sense for best security. It will be for road and touring bikes.

    Is there much of a difference between Yakima and Thule? Should I be looking at other brands? I don't mind spending a "reasonable" amount since I want my bikes to be safe and secure.

    Thank you.

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    What do your cross bars look like? I'd pick whichever the rack manufacturer recommends.

    I personally prefer Thule because I have a lot more experience with Thule. I know lots of folks, however, who are equally fond of Yakima rack systems.
    My greatest fear is all of my kids standing around my coffin and talking about "how sensible" dad was.

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    It depends on what you're looking for. Price-wise, Thule will be more expensive, nicer to look at, more consumer friendly but they take awhile to answer their customer emails. But of course, you get what you pay for.

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