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Old 05-31-05, 03:43 PM   #1
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I have been researching bike racks for the top and back of my car, but I cant seem to find any difference between Thule and Yakima. Do people have preferences on one or the other?...top or back? The only difference I have really noticed at the two websites was about ten dollars. I realize for vets of the biking world this may seem dumb, but I want some other opinions before I invest so much. Thanks.
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I have been researching bike racks for the top and back of my car, but I cant seem to find any difference between Thule and Yakima. Do people have preferences on one or the other?...top or back? The only difference I have really noticed at the two websites was about ten dollars. I realize for vets of the biking world this may seem dumb, but I want some other opinions before I invest so much. Thanks.
There is a lot of informative reading here. Hitch racks are the best in my opinion. I have one and love it. Of the hitch racks, look for racks that secure the bike by the wheels instead of the top tube. I have the Sportworks Mod Series. Thule just bought this company.
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I have the Sportworks Mod Series. Thule just bought this company.

I wonder if that is a good thing or a bad thing. I have the sportswork mod as well and love it. I hope Thule does not ruin a good hitch rack.

Checking both their sites it is difficult to tell if the sportworks mod will still be available, but the are making the Transport in both 2" hitch and 1 1/4" hitch. More expensive then the mod if you need it for just one bike, but still an excellent choice for a hitch rack

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I wonder if that is a good thing or a bad thing. I have the sportswork mod as well and love it. I hope Thule does not ruin a good hitch rack.
I share your concern. I only have one tray and always planned to get another. Now i suppose i will end up not being able to. Looks like you have to buy a 2 bike model of the Transport series. That is the only option on Thule's site. Granted there are probably plenty of Mod series racks floating around, but i am not in the market right now. Damned $$$$. It ruins everything.
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... and I prefer the roof mount. Seems to me to be a cleaner place to transport the bikes (amazing how dirty the back of the car can get, though this may be offset by bug exposure if you live in a bug-rich area!). Also not sitting out there if you do ever get rear-ended (had that happen to a buddy of mine). If you do use a roof mounted carrier, always put your garage door opener in the glovebox/trunk/seat bag when you have the bikes on top - this will help stop you from driving the bikes into the top of the garage (had another buddy of mine destroy his bike doing that last year!!!).

There's really very little between Thule & Yakima. If you have a very curved roofline (e.g. VW beetle) the round bars of the Yakima are better than the square bars of the Thule (square bars don't sit flat on a curved roof, making it a little bit more difficult to mount the accessories). I bought Thule for the better mounting kit availability for cars in Europe and Australia (I want to be able to take the racks with me if/when I move in a couple of years).
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I share your concern. I only have one tray and always planned to get another. Now i suppose i will end up not being able to. Looks like you have to buy a 2 bike model of the Transport series. That is the only option on Thule's site. Granted there are probably plenty of Mod series racks floating around, but i am not in the market right now. Damned $$$$. It ruins everything.

I have just one tray as well and thought I would just buy a second one later on. Oh well I guess there is always e-bay.

Or maybe they will make the trays for the mod system available later on?
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