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    Bicycle roof-rack options??

    Hey guys,

    I'm just starting bicycling with my girlfriend and I have a Mazda Protege5 (hatchback). It has a roof rack and I need to mount two bicycles on it. Does anyone have any good suggestions? I'm having a hard time finding one under $100, and a local bicycle shop suggested on that was over $300. Both of our bikes were less than $100 each!!! We enjoy riding in state parks and need a way to get our bikes there.

    If you have any ideas, please let me know. I don't want to spend a lot of money on a rack to hold some cheap bikes

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    I gave up on the roof rack idea myself...at least until I try to take the tandem somewhere, then I'll think about it again. I have a '97 mazda protege (sedan) and I just use a Bell bike rack. the one I have will work on a sedan, hatch, wagon, SUV, or minivan. I have the 3 bike version and I got it just before the price went up to $39.99. if you decide to change your mind there are other options, although I doubt you have a trailer hitch. I bit the bullet and risked scratches on my paint. I figured risking a couple dings on the bumper (on my new paint) from not being careful with the pedals would be better than scratches on the doors or roof when/if the time comes to sell the car. just my 2 cents..

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    Well, I just got the Protege5 hatchback. Before that, I had a sedan and used the 2 bike Bell rack, and it will "fit" but it presses on the back glass and I'm scared that if I hit a bump or something it may break my back window out. What do you think?

    I was going to sell the bike rack for $20 and put that towards a roof-rack, but Jesus, that won't even knock a dent in some of the prices I'm seeing for roof-racks.

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    I was also thinking maybe I could just devise something to hold the wheels and attach them to the existing roof bars?

    The factor roof bars run parallel to the car, so why not have two bars that are perpendicular to those and one wheel could sit on the front homemade bar, and the other wheel could sit on the back homemade bar, then somehow I could lock the wheels into place and strap the frame down with bungee cords.

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    check for used rack parts on ebay. Bargins can be had if you take the time to wait.

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    If it's a hatchback why don't you fold down the back seats and take the front wheels off? No need to spend any $ then.

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    maybe someone at clubprotege.com could help you out. there's a lot of P5 guys on that forum. I think as long as the part of the rack that is touching the glass is padded, it should be fine

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    Don't rule out the Saris Bones2 trunk-hatch rack

    I picked up one of these off of ebay last week but I looked at them for several weeks prior to that. You should be able to find one new for around $100 or used for less.
    I just did a quick check because I was certain I had seen a photo or an actual installation of this unit on a Hatch Back car... I was right. You can do a google search on Saris Bones Hatchback and get some additional info. It's a pretty flexible car rack and it looks really nice on top of that.
    This unit will allow you to easily move it from car to car from trunk mount to hatch mount...
    Ken

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