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    bike rack question from a newbie

    Hello guys,

    a complete newbie here and want to buy a roof rack for my Cannondale Adventure 400.
    I have a 2005 Toyota Corolla.
    Any advice which rack would be good for me would be appreciated,

    Thanks!

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    Yakima and Thule both have wizards you can use to find a rack that will work with your car.

    http://www.yakima.com/Consumer/Step1.aspx

    http://www.thuleracks.com/thule/default.asp

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    thanks for the reply. So I looked at the thuleracks.com link and it found this one:

    BASE PRODUCT
    400xt Aero Foot Pack | LB50 Load Bars | 2120 Fit Kit

    and also it shows many bike carriers between $100 and $329.

    http://www.thuleracks.com/thule/fg_c...ption_number=1


    So I need to buy both the base product and one of the carriers, is that correct?
    If so, how do I select a carrier? Which one would be best for me? I'm just planning to transport the bike for ~20 miles on the weekends.

    Thanks!

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    For a car, I think Saris Bones is the best you can get - hands down.

    http://www.saris.com/products/bones2.htm

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    Trunk racks aren't bad and are a lot cheaper. They also make your prized steed the bumper. The slightest rear-end and it's toast. Of course roof racks have their own perils (leave the garage door opener at home--trust me). If you go the roof route, I suggest you get a fork mount (the front wheel comes off to clamp it) as those are generally more secure. Yakima and Thule both make great products. I've the Yakima with the Viper mount. Works great. Just know that those systems are priced by the piece. The on-line configurator is necessary.
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    +1 on the trunk racks. I have one trunk rack that works on my car and minivan. It's probably irrational, but I don't like having my bike on the roof. It causes me worry about clearance. My minivan has a factory rack that basically is useless as I found out. I got a good quality Yakima trunk rack and couldn't be happier.

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    well, I was thinking about roof racks because I guess trunk racks can scratch bumper, and also because of the rearend collision issues, but I'm still not sure which way to go.

    And for the roof racks... what exactly I should buy? If, for example, I buy this 2000 - Yakima Viper Fork Roof Mount Bike Rack, is that all I need or I need some additional parts?

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    www.rackNroad.com An interesting site. They have a number of stores throughout the west, Utah, SoCal, Bay area etc. Worth a visit if you live near one. I use a rear trunk rack with my wifes' sedan. Four free tubes as bunjies hold the bike to the pipe rack in my truck. If you have a rear end collision bad enough to damage a bike you will have much worse problems than a damaged bike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by prikindel
    And for the roof racks... what exactly I should buy? If, for example, I buy this 2000 - Yakima Viper Fork Roof Mount Bike Rack, is that all I need or I need some additional parts?
    The viper is all that is needed to carry the bike. It attaches to the roof rack which consists of the 4 mounting 'pods' and two cross bars. You MUST use the configurator to get all the bits as they are modular systems.

    Edit: I just did it for you--in two minutes. Here's the result from the Yakima folks: 2005 TOYOTA Corolla Sedan

    Q Towers
    Part # 8000124 4 locks $134.99 USD $134.99 USD
    more info…
    Part # 8000408 0 locks $53.99 USD $53.99 USD
    Q99 Clips
    Part # 8000699 0 locks $28.99 USD $28.99 USD
    Q31 Clips
    Part # 8000631 0 locks $28.99 USD $28.99 USD
    38" Fairing
    Part # 8007047 0 locks $51.99 USD $0.00 USD
    Viper fork mount
    Part # 8002000 1 locks $129.99 USD $129.99 USD
    Your selected products require 5 lock cores.
    SKS Lock Core Pack
    Part #8007206 $56.99 USD
    TOTAL PRICE: $433.94 USD Find Dealers
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    Personally, I like the Saris rooftop racks. The bars are self-centering, and very quick and easy to install and remove. I use them with the Short Tray Fork Mount on a 2005 Prius, and couldn't be happier with the results.
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