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    MINI Cooper Rack

    Anybody have any specific models of off-the-shelf racks they like for their MINI Coopers? Manufacturer's option 1) is pretty expensive (installing a permanent hookup to the bottom of the car with an upright rack then that attaches to that) but leaves the boot able to be opened up without the bikes following up or 2) roof rack that I would have trouble putting the bikes up on.

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    In one of their ads, I saw the Saris Bones on a Mini. Looked like you could still open the hatch, err, boot, too.
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    I used to have a MINI.
    You could always get a hidden hitch put in and use a hitch rack which you could remove. It's not as elegant as the sport rack they have but it's cheaper.
    Otherwise you'd have to use a rack like the Saris Bones.
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    Getting the basic factory roof rack is the best bet. I then attached Thule #590 V2 Fork Mount Bike Carriers and #593 Wheel-On Carriers to it. I've been hauling one to three bikes around on my MINI equipped this way for a couple years. With the front wheel off it's very easy to place the bike on the Thule carrier (Hint: Put the front wheel in its carrier first and then hoist the bike up).

    It's a no-hassle, cool looking set up, with normal access to the boot. Good luck...

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    Send a pm to Cydewaze. He has a Mini, and was gushing about his new (bike) rack in August...

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    Need clarification: Are you attaching the bike to the car? Or the car to the bike?

    (C'mon, someone had to say it!)

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    Dirtdrop- I'd love that solution but the $500-600 (hitch plus bike rack) plus installation is beyond my budget now.

    Gruppo- I am a bit worried about lifting up the bike(s) -- I really doubt I can do it by myself, I am not a tall chick.

    Superdex- thanks.

    EventServices- think you're clever, eh? I am still looking for a bumper sticker
    "my other vehicle is even smaller".

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    And larue and tsl
    about the Saris Bones, I see lots of both positive and negative reviews, any additional thoughts?

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    I had a three bike Saris Bones and loved it. My only issue was that the rubber feet would scratch the car but I found out that putting a soft cloth under them took care of that. Oh and if you plan on putting it on and taking it off often the straps are kind of a pain to keep adjusting but as it turns out they have a new Bones coming out soon that apparently eliminates the straps. Check it out here. http://www.saris.com/p-258-bones-rs.aspx
    Leave your treadmill power trip behind.

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    Oh and I wish I had gotten this jersey when I still had the MINI.
    http://www.behindthebars.com/midas/b...953cf48031af93
    Leave your treadmill power trip behind.

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