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Old 07-04-07, 11:15 AM   #1
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Bike Rack for VW Passat Wagon

I am leaning towards a trunk mounted rack. Plan to keep with in 50 mile radius of home with 2 week frequency.

Car : VW Passat Wagon 2003
Bike: Trek 7.5 FX Disc

Please recommend suitable racks.
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Old 07-05-07, 08:50 AM   #2
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I use roof-rack for versatility on my Passat. That said if hauling one bike every two weeks just lay the rear seat down & put in the back. That would be my pref. as I understand trunk-mounts can scratch/damage hatch.
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Old 07-05-07, 09:40 AM   #3
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I read this as chaining your Passat up to a bike rack, sorry.
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Get a 1-1/4" trailer hitch (Volkswagen dealer/U-Haul/larger auto parts store) installed. Get a Thule 2 or 4 bike rack that goes into trailer hitch.

I've been using this setup for several years and many, many thousands of miles (bike trips from NYC to Iowa, Georgia, North Carolina, Long Island).

Very secure. No straps or mess to worry about. Gives me immense piece of mind at highway speeds sometimes well in excess of 80 mph. Quick check of mirror is all it takes to know everything's status quo. And in thousands of miles, everything's been status quo.

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Old 07-06-07, 05:24 AM   #5
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Alan ,
I like your suggestion though Hitch + Bike rack ~ 300 $ or so seems too high to me .
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I read this as chaining your Passat up to a bike rack, sorry.
It never crossed my mind. But I think I'll try to chain my VW next time I am close to a bike rack
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My friend has an 03 Psst wagon and we stick two bikes with the front wheels off in the back with the rear seats folded down. We wrap them up with in a couple of shipping blankets purchased from costco. I would think one bike with both wheels off would fit in the regular trunk/hatch area. You can get wheel bags onsale at performance for $10 if you watch the sales.
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I've got a Jetta wagon & keep my bike (with both wheels on) in the back, most of the time. I had a bad experience hauling a bike on top of the car when I ran into a low carport, bending the bike frame as well as the roof rail of the car (ouch!). Taking the bike rack & crossbars off the car actually boosted my gas mileage by close to 5 miles per gallon on the highway, too! I'm getting another roof rack for when I want to camp in the car, or whatever, but will still probably "store" the bike in the car when leaving it overnight, for security's sake.
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My friend has an 03 Psst wagon and we stick two bikes with the front wheels off in the back with the rear seats folded down. We wrap them up with in a couple of shipping blankets purchased from costco. I would think one bike with both wheels off would fit in the regular trunk/hatch area. You can get wheel bags onsale at performance for $10 if you watch the sales.
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Keeping in the trunk area without folding rear seats is ideal for me - as I also have a child seat in the car. . So my bike has disk brakes. Is there anything special about removing wheels for bike with disk brakes ?

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Alan ,
I like your suggestion though Hitch + Bike rack ~ 300 $ or so seems too high to me .
But it may be worth the extra $$$ in my opinion. I had this set-up on a Passat Sedan a few years back. Clean and simple - a winner for me!

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One of my bikes is a Cannondale BadBoy Ultra with hydraulic disc brakes. The only issue about removing the wheels that I know about is making sure you don't push in on one of the brake levers; the LBS told me this could push the brake piston out of the caliper seal. They recommended I put something between the brake levers and the handle bars to secure the brake levers. Also when installing the wheels make sure you get the disc between the pads.

As you know you have to be able to remove the wheels to change a flat tire. So removing and installing wheels with discs isn't difficult.
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