I just got a nice Saris (back of the car) rack used from a guy and it didnt come with instructions. Does anyone have a picture of one on a car so I can see how these thing is suppose to go. Or please describe how it fits and works. I'm kind of confused about the straps part and where exactly the 3 on each side hook. Also any tips about the whole rear bike rack long distance travel thing. I am going on a 2 hour drive with 2 bikes on Thursday and need to figure this out.
Well duh i went to the Saris website. Still wish i had a pic. but anyway, New problem I have a womens Beach cruiser with no top tube. How am I going to hang that on there,. They sell a Beam thingy for 30 bucks, but I dont have time. How can I mount this bike on the rack without it. Upside down...OMG im going to look like a dork riding down the road i can see it now.
If you can get to your LBS, you can pick up the attachment for female/kid frames there. If there is a Performance Bike nearby they sell one for like $14.00. I think it would throw the balance off if you did it upside down but I"m not sure.
Well you can certainly hang the bike upside down, but I would definitely take it slow for the first 20 or 30 miles to see how it handles that. In my experience the worst problem is when you get behind a semi. There is a lot of turbulence coming off of a semi at 70mph. I had a bike stripped off of a WallyMart rack once by a passing truck. I have hauled my bikes on my saris bones from chicago to atlanta to mississippi to duluth and environs with no problems whatsoever.
I would definitely get the bike beam, and probably for both bikes. If the bike is to much higher than the back of the car you will eat the $30 in gas really quickly.