Plays in traffic
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Rochester, NY
Bikes: 1996 Litespeed Classic, 2006 Trek Portland, 2013 Ribble Winter/Audax
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I own a Saris Bones 3-bike unit
for exactly that reason.
I don't own a car and can't predict what I'll be able to rent or borrow when I need one. The Bones is incredibly versatile. I've had it mounted on compacts, hatchbacks, a full-sized Buick, a station wagon and a van. Worked just fine with them all.
I had a "WTF?" moment when I first took it out of the box, but once I figured it out I was amazed at how versatile it is and how easy it is to adjust. They now have an installation video
The trick to not damaging the paint is to be sure the paint and the rack's feet are perfectly clean, then cinch it down for all you're worth. If it can't move, it can't scratch the paint.
To secure the bikes, I use a cable around something underneath the car--usually a bumper mount or trailer hitch--which I run through the bikes and lock with a U-lock--the big, bright yellow Kryptonite New York Lock.
Last edited by tsl; 02-28-11 at 07:02 PM.