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Old 08-24-11, 10:43 AM   #1
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Car bike rack

I am looking at a strap on mount/rack to my car for 2 bikes. I don't want to have to drill or screw anything onto my car. I'm looking at this specific rack:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/2-Bicycle-Bi...item3cbb5377a6

Have any of you guys used this type of mount? Are they secure, or will my bikes fall off on the freeway or with bumps in the road?
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Old 08-24-11, 10:47 AM   #2
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I used to have a rack somewhat like that, with the straps. Not the same kind. It worked okay on my Taurus, but did not work on my Mitsubishi Mirage. The reason? The Mirage's sheet metal was too thin and snugging the straps down would start to bend the metal.
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I've heard that those will scratch your paint in the contact points unless your car is clean when using it, and also people have had the pedals scratch their rear trunks/bumpers.

Does your car have a trailer hitch?
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So I guess the determining factor is the strength of the trunk? On your Taurus, were your bikes secure? And did it damage your Taurus trunk? Thanks.
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No it doesn't have a trailer hitch. I have a regular car, not a truck or SUV. Do you think that if I put some tissue or napkin at the contact points, it would help with the paint scratching at the contact points?
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A lot of cars can have hitches. The most common probably being a U-HAUL hitch. There are others, I am sure. MINI owners have the option of lots of different types of hitches, for example.
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Pretty much user dependent on getting those hooks snug.
the weight is carried down to the bumper rail and those pads .

UV in sunlight, will deteriorate nylon so the webbing
will best be replaced after a while..
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They will all scratch you car. It's basically impossible to have it set on there and travel down the road without it moving around and either scratching or clouding the finish of your car. I gave away a very similar one a while back. It worked great, I just wasn't willing to put it on our newer cars.

I would not put a tissue or napkin. The fibers will be abrasive. Probably more so than the foam it comes with. The only wan I can think of to use a rack like that and not damage your paint would be to go to a local clear-bra dealer and have them clear-bra your trunk or see if they will sell you some scraps cheap and cut squares to put where the pads of the rack will hit. They should protect your paint, and be removable at some point. You might find some other type of sticker or something to perform the same function.

Good luck.
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No it doesn't have a trailer hitch. I have a regular car, not a truck or SUV. Do you think that if I put some tissue or napkin at the contact points, it would help with the paint scratching at the contact points?

Do a google search for hitches for your car, you might be able to find one. I just found a hitch for my lexus gs (lexus doesnt carry them), i had to order from an aftermarket company but it was only $60.
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My problem is the seller's return policy.

All items are brand new. We offer refunds or exchange for defective items only

I recently helped a friend purchase a bike rack for her newish Chevy Malibu. One problem we ran into was the flexibility of the rear bumper cover. Having noted that this one looks as if the rack bottom rests on the trunk not the bumper.
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