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Old 02-20-07, 09:46 PM   #1
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3-bike trunk racks suggestions?

I've been looking at the Saris Bones 3-bike trunk rack. I'm curious if anyone has tried it or has found something for less that they like. I'm all ears. Thanks!
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Old 02-20-07, 11:09 PM   #2
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I'm not crazy about any strap-on racks. I've seen too many going down the road with loose straps and I've heard too many sad stories from people who have had a rack full of bikes come loose on the highway. If you use a strap-on rack once a week, by the end of summer you will be able to tell where the feet sat on your car's paint.

I do think, however, that the Bones is the best of the genre. It fits the widest variety of cars. I like the metal cam locks that hold the straps snug so they don't come loose whily you're driving down the road. It has a system to minimize the bikes banging against each other and your car. It doesn't have any rustable parts.
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I have a Saris Bones 3 rack. You can easily fit two bikes comfortably on it. Three bikes is doable but a little more cramped. Bring some velcro ties to hold the front wheel to the downtube. Also if you value your paint job make sure the contact areas of your car and the rack are clean.

Also, make sure you fiddle at length with the proper foot position on the rack. There is nothing quite as disconcerting as realizing as you're going 65mph on the freeway that the only thing holding your rack to your car at that time are the two top straps attached to your trunk lid.
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Old 02-21-07, 08:02 AM   #4
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I need a rack myself, and it looks like it can work on my little hatchback too so I just might have to start savin up.
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Old 02-21-07, 08:15 AM   #5
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I need a rack myself, and it looks like it can work on my little hatchback too so I just might have to start savin up.
I have a small hatchback. If you only want a rack for use with one bike, I strongly recommend this Allen rack. I have used it for a couple of years, and it goes on the car, after the initial adjustments have been done, in about 3 minutes. It feels very stable. For the price, under $54.00, I don't think it can be beat. You may find it for even less.

http://www.pricepoint.com/detail/152...Trunk-Rack.htm

They also have a 3 bike model-

http://www.pricepoint.com/detail/147...Trunk-Rack.htm

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Old 02-21-07, 10:05 AM   #6
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thanks a lot dude
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remember to pay attention to the weight limit for whatever rack you buy. I have a 3 bike rack and the weight limit is (if I remember correctly) 45-50 lbs. put the heaviest bike closest to the car, and always check the straps after a mile or 2. I don't recommend putting a '59 Schwinn traveller 3 speed, a Schwinn Suburban and a Trek 800 on a 3 bike rack at the same time. it may stay on the car, but it will never be the same after that.
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Old 02-21-07, 06:28 PM   #8
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haha! thanks for the advice StokerPoker! i'll keep that in mind.
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