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Old 06-09-09, 03:04 PM   #1
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Bike Rack & Road Trip Question

So,, I'm getting ready to purchase a bike rack,,,,just sold my SUV so my hitch rack is unless,,,but, think I have it narrowed down to two,,, by the way I have a sedan,,,

I was thinking the Saris Bones 2,,,, or the Thule 910 - Passage,,,

One other question,,, I've never carried bike more than an a couple hours away and this trip will be around 17 hours of driving,,,,,,, is there anything that I should do to protect the bikes,,,, etc,,,,,

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Old 06-09-09, 03:37 PM   #2
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Can't you put a hitch on your sedan? If you are going to use a trunk mount, make sure the wheels are away from the tailpipe, and that the rack and bikes are mounted securely. Then check them every time you stop along the way, which should be every couple of hours anyway.
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Old 06-10-09, 12:54 PM   #3
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i'm not sure about specific brands but to keep your bikes safe for a long trip, be sure to tie the wheels together and keep the pedals from moving around. Periodic stops are a good idea just to check and make sure none of your straps are coming loose or anything
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Make damn sure the lower straps are tight after you load the bike.

For theft protection, back the car up to a wall or bush to keep someone from getting behind the car and to keep the bike from being conspicuous.
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I sometimes carried my bikes on roof racks on cross country rides. I generally had no problems, other than having to clean the dead bugs off of them (especially bad in "love bug" season). I also had a low flying bird impact the fork of one of my bikes (not as messy as I thought it would be). I use automotive wax on my bikes to protect the paint and chrome, it also makes removing the splattered bugs easier.
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I've used the Saris Bones for longish trips (10 hours or so) without problems. It's a great rack.
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Saris

Looks like I'm going with the Saris Bones RS,,,,,, I like the no straps,,, idea,,,,,,, we will see,,,,,

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