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Old 02-19-08, 12:00 AM   #1
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Bike carrier, which one to get?

I have a 2005 VW Jetta

Should I get a reciever hitch and a hitch carrier? Or should I get a roof mount carrier? I dont know of anyone that has the roof mount style carrier and they look like they can be a bit if a hassle to load by myself. Is this the case? If I get the roof mount style should I get the one that I take the wheel off or the kind where you leave the wheel on? Thanks in advance for the info!
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re roof rack - how tall are you, and how do you feel about lifting your bike up to the top of your car? If you're using a heavy bike, you might not want a roof rack...

I've been putting bikes on the top of my car for years and have both types of roof mounts - wheel on & wheel off. Personally, I like the wheel on version better - I find it easier to slide the bike into the wheel rack part than to fit the fork into that other mount, plus, once the front wheel is in it's rack, the bike isn't going anywhere.

On the other hand, you are more likely to wear more mud off a muddy bike with a roof rack than with a trunk or hitch rack.
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How often do you transport your bike?

(insert obligatory rant about "roadies ride from home!" here)

If it's infrequent, consider a trunk rack. Cheap, light, small for storage, holds 2-3 bikes easy, out of the wind (good for mileage) and not far to lift the bike.
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I have a 2005 VW Jetta

Should I get a reciever hitch and a hitch carrier? Or should I get a roof mount carrier? I dont know of anyone that has the roof mount style carrier and they look like they can be a bit if a hassle to load by myself. Is this the case? If I get the roof mount style should I get the one that I take the wheel off or the kind where you leave the wheel on? Thanks in advance for the info!
So where do you live?

I have a Thule roof rack system that I would sell for the cost of shipping or donate to anyone who will come out to my house to pick it up. I live in the St Louis area. PM me if you are interested.
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as long as it will fit my Jetta I would love to have it. Makes my decision alot easier.

I am 6ft tall and not weak at all. Bike is pretty light. Trek 2200. I wasnt worried about lifting it, just looking for the best way to go.
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