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Old 12-01-04, 03:32 PM   #1
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Bike rack for Women's bike?

I'm looking for a bike rack for my bike and my gf's bike. I saw a Saris Guardian for sale online for around $75. the description said it fit all bikes. Does anyone have this bike rack or can anyone suggest any other bike racks that work with women's bikes? I drive a 2004 Nissan Sentra. A hitch bike rack is not really an option. my car is pretty low to the ground and hitches cost $100. I cant afford that on top of the cost of a bike rack. So I'm looking at bike racks that fit over the trunk. and i dont want to go through the expense of installing a roof rack either. and honestly, i dont know if my little sentra can handle the weight of two bikes on its roof.
I want a good quality bike rack. i was also looking at the Saris bones, but i'd have to get an "adapter" (a pole that attaches to the seat and handlebars) for the women's bike to make it fit on that rack.
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Old 12-01-04, 04:14 PM   #2
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Sorry, I have a Saris Bones and use said adapter when transporting my wife's female specific bike. Haven't seen the Saris Guardian nor any other rack that works with women's bikes.
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Old 12-01-04, 10:06 PM   #3
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You don't need to get any special adapters or a special rack. Just use any rack with two load bars, not a single bar with cradles. Just run one of the load bars between the seat tube and seat stays, and the other will be far enough foward on the upper down tube.

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Old 12-02-04, 07:13 AM   #4
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Cool thanks.
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There is a special bar frame adaptor that goes from the handlebar stem to under the seat, so that a ladies bike with slopping top tube can temporarily have a horizontal top tube allowing it to be carried on a normal bike rack. My mother insists on riding traditional style ladies' bikes and we had to buy this bar to make it easier to transport her bikes. Most of the LBS' carry them, as do many of the catalogs. They are on the same page as the car carrier racks. Their catalog descriptions are not very good and may leave the uninitiated wondering what they are for. Here are two.

http://www.nashbar.com/profile.cfm?c...eid=&pagename=

http://www.performancebike.com/shop/...tegory_ID=4414

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if your carrying a ladies bike you can buy a false cross bar so you can hang it off a rear mounted cycle carrier like a Saris or a Thule Clip-on. most decent brands should make one, if ur uk try a brand like paddy hopkirk or go to halfords, or even www.thule.com. i fit this stuff as part of my job in the summer and believe me personally id much rather have my bikes on the roof, or just take of the wheels and put it in the car and no thieving idiot can have your pride and joy. if ur a yank or a canadian any decent carrying equipment shop. for god sakes be careful of low entry barriers cause that can write off some cars if u bash into one at speed with bikes on the roof.
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