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Join Date: Feb 2006
Bikes: 06' Trek 7.5 FX, '09 Dawes Steel SST
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I just purchased a Saris Bones 2 bike rack about 2 months ago, I love it. It's very light, sturdy & really configurable for all kinds of bikes & vehicles. I have a hatchback & the rear is almost completely vertical, the Saris Bones is the only trunk rack I've found that works so well with it.
The straps are very easy to tighten down & are clearly labeled "top, side & bottom" to avoid any confusion. Make sure you tie off each strap to prevent any accidental slippage. No square knots or such, just a simple overhand loop that you can untie easily but won't come undone on its own.
The nylon straps for holding the bikes are a real cinch to use & very secure, think of a very large zip-tie. They have a strap to hold the seat-tube so that your bike won't sway away from the vehicle. All the parts are made from aluminum, nylon & plastic so it won't rust when/if it ever gets wet.
The screws for tightening down the arms once you have them in place are plastic. Be very careful to not over tighten them or they will get stripped. Just hand tighten them enough to keep the arms from slipping. I placed a cut-off sock on the legs to keep them from marring the bumper & rear window. As supcom stated use some bungees or nylon straps to keep the front wheel stable. I run a nylon strap through both wheels.
Here is a video
showing the installation & use of the Saris Bones 3 Bike Rack.
Last edited by DavidLee; 04-29-08 at 01:04 PM.