Today I traded my 11.5 year old Dodge Dakota truck for an almost-new Honda Accord. I'm tickled, but the one thing I could carry (indeed, just about all I did carry!) in my truck that won't fit in the Honda is my bike.
Now, we have a hitch-mount Hollywood Sportrider rack for our minivan that holds all three of our bikes, but I'd rather not add the expense of an otherwise-unused receiver to the Accord, just so I can experience the delight of wrangling the rugged but heavy (70 lbs) Hollywood rack on it, for my bike only. I've been thinking about a single-bike trunk mount rack, assuming it can be attached/removed relatively painlessly.
- I have a serious case of New Object Syndrome right now, so I'm wondering: Do trunk mounts really attach solidly, but without any effect on the car's finish, etc.?
- The Hollywood rack is a platform style rack, and I have no experience with hanging racks. Are there practical limits to carrying bikes on them with sloping top tubes (my current, but hopefully not permanent, bike is a comfort bike*)?
- Any tips, recommendations, traps, etc.? I'd rather not spend a fortune, since this will be for quick rides about town. Just the same, I don't want to be penny-wise and pound-foolish.
* 2010 Trek Navigator 2.0