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    Saris Bones 2 or 3?

    My LBS has the Saris Bones 2 and 3 on sale this weekend, and I was wondering...should I get the 2 or 3? I'm carrying two Trek hardtails on the back of my car and don't know if I'll need room for the third. Any suggestions or should I go with something else. (I have no hitch....)

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    Buy the one that provides the greatest spacing between the two bikes. If they're the same, then buy the 2 bike version.

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    bones 3. that will give you an extra space between the bikes. and youll have a couple of extra straps too.

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    I have the Bones 3. Before that I had some POS no-name 3-bike rack.

    I have only once in my life intentionally planned on using the rack to transport 3 bikes; most of the time I use it to carry 2 bikes, one in the first position & one in the third position, w/ the middle empty.

    But on at least 3 different other occasions I have *had* to carry a 3rd bike. (well, I guess I didn't *have* to; I suppose I could have been a selfish dick. Let's say I've been in a position where my generously offering to carry a 3rd bike made someone else extremely happy.) If I only had the 2-bike model, I wouldn't have been able to spread such good karma. So I like having the Bones 3.

    If you're concerned about bikes banging in to one another when they're on a trunk rack, get some high density foam rubber cubes about 3" on a side, bore a bikeframe-sized cylindrical hole through them, and then split one side through to that hole. Slap these on the bikes to act as cushions/spacers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Ross
    I have the Bones 3. Before that I had some POS no-name 3-bike rack.

    What the upgrade worth the price gap? Why? I am considering the Saris but they are relatively expensive....

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    3, for space between bikes , or between bike & car

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    Quote Originally Posted by MIN
    What the upgrade worth the price gap? Why? I am considering the Saris but they are relatively expensive....
    They are worth it. Six straps holding the rack to the car, big padded feet rather than foam on a tube. The straps are built into the arms(they are replaceable if you break one). Sway control straps to keep[ the bike from swinging back and forth. The arms all adjust for a good fit to the car and level arms for the bikes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MIN
    What the upgrade worth the price gap? Why? I am considering the Saris but they are relatively expensive....

    I got my Saris used for $85; the no-name POS cost me $50 11 years ago.

    Definitely worth it. As Rev.Chuck pointed out, it has a much more solid/stable mounting platform to the car. Also, it's a bit easier to get bikes onto the Saris, it's more accomodating of unusual (i.e., non-round) frame shapes, and it's *MUCH* easier to collapse the Saris for storage when it's not being used.

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    Great thanks for the info fellas.

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    Picked up the Bones 3 from my LBS. It was $5 cheaper than the Bones 2 rack. I'm really impressed with it, it was very easy to set up and feels like it's glued to the car. So far so good. Thanks for the advice!

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    I have the bones 3. Recently, like an idiot I backed into a dumpster and and ripped one of teh straps. A call to 'em and they sent a new set at no charge. Gotta like the service.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Ross
    If you're concerned about bikes banging in to one another when they're on a trunk rack, get some high density foam rubber cubes about 3" on a side, bore a bikeframe-sized cylindrical hole through them, and then split one side through to that hole. Slap these on the bikes to act as cushions/spacers.

    ...or just buy them from Nashbar:
    http://www.nashbar.com/profile.cfm?c...All%20Products

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Ross

    Or even your local bike shop. We sell them for the the same price, with no shipping and no wait.
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    Go for the 3. You may not always have three bikes but that extra space is really handy when you do.

    BTW, does anyone know where I can get a replacements black plastic srews that hold the armns in place, ONLINE? I tried Saris... not reply.
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    i have the 2, and what bothers me, is that my stumpjumper fsr doesnt fit too well, the rack seems more for a hardtail design bike. i cant even get the bike on the back slot, so i put my wifes rockhopper on the back, and mine in the front, but the front tires must come off to fit both no matter what. so i might go for the 3, i would, if i could do it all over again.

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