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    Do bike racks come on and off a car easy?

    My cousin live in okc and I stay at his house sometime. I couldnt take my bike with me because I dont have a bike rack. If I buy a bike rack to use on his car could the rack be easily put on and off when he picks me up?

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    yes. there are different types and sizes so it would be good if you had someone help you choose it. it doesn't have to be the best or expensive. I have a couple of cheap ones that I got at yard sales that can go on most cars. it would help if you can bring a picture of the car type to the store
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    Get your cousin's vehicle make/model/year for correct rack fit. Without that info, you can't guarantee a correct 'fit'.

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    His car has one of those wing things on the back. So I think it cant go on the back.

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    that may not be a deal breaker. you need to show us a picture. if it's a giant whale tail - then that could be a problem, but if it's just a small flat fin - there may be some racks that can be mounted over them without touching them. you can also stick the bike ion the trunk and keep the lid down with some rope
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    I dont have pic but I will ask what car he has.

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    cycling is like baseball ~ it doesn't take much to make it interesting

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    I don't own a car, but I need to transport my bike(s) by car a couple of times a year. Since I can't predict what sort of car I'll have access to, I bought a Saris Bones 3. I chose it for its versatility. It fits over many rear spoilers too. I've even successfully used it on cars that aren't in the Saris fit guide. It also folds up and stores nicely.

    As for the ease of installation issue, it all depends. It depends on the rack and the car, of course, but everyone also has their own definition of what "easy" means.

    I find the Bones goes on easily. You adjust the legs for the car, attach and tighten three straps, then adjust the carrying arms. Some people I know think that's about as complicated as building a space shuttle.

    Near as I can tell, "easy" depends on the person more than the rack.
    Last edited by tsl; 06-09-10 at 07:31 AM.
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    Does he have a trailer hitch?

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    Just pull the wheels off and put it in the trunk or back seat.
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    Hi, there are different kinds of racks that you can actually choose from. You can check on the links in my signature for more rack information. These racks are known for their quality and you can definitely find something that will fit you and your vehicle needs.
    Free Automated Fit Guide for Thule Bike & Yakima Bike Carrier

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    Quote Originally Posted by tsl View Post
    I don't own a car, but I need to transport my bike(s) by car a couple of times a year. Since I can't predict what sort of car I'll have access to, I bought a Saris Bones 3. I chose it for its versatility. It fits over many rear spoilers too. I've even successfully used it on cars that aren't in the Saris fit guide. It also folds up and stores nicely.
    Another vote for Saris Bones either the 3 bike or the 2 bike version.

    I think it is the best of the strap-on bike rack field. It has 3 pairs of straps to hold it securely onto the car. It fits the widest range of cars of any of the strap-ons. It's cheaper than most of the receiver hitch racks. It doesn't have any rustable parts. The metal cam locks hold the straps more securely than many of it's competitors.

    The first time that you install it on a car it may take a bit of time to figure out where to position the various arms on the spine. Once you figure it out it might be a good idea to mark the position for next time.

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    If he has roof bars, these are fun: but if the roof of the car is high up like on a 4x4, they are not fun. There's also the novelty of having the bike topple upon you while you're fiddling with the fixing, ruining not only your hair, but the car paint and side window glass.

    Don't ask:

    http://www.dcp-shop.co.uk/buy-car-ac...ducts_id=14354
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    He said its a 2006 cobalt.

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    Thule and yakima have online fit guides. I would assume the other manufacturers have them as well.

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    Have you asked him if it's OK? He might not be partial to damaging his paint. Does he have a hitch?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tsl View Post
    I don't own a car, but I need to transport my bike(s) by car a couple of times a year. Since I can't predict what sort of car I'll have access to, I bought a Saris Bones 3. I chose it for its versatility. It fits over many rear spoilers too. I've even successfully used it on cars that aren't in the Saris fit guide. It also folds up and stores nicely.
    Nice rack, but there are some they don't fit. Mine's a great example unfortunately. Would have loved to have used it, but ended up with a Yakima roof system ($$$$)

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