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Old 07-29-13, 09:46 AM   #1
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One of those carriers that straps to the back of the car and carries a bike or two

First, does anyone know what I am talking about?

Second, are they car or bike specific?

Third, how much do they cost/what is a reputable source for one?
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Old 07-29-13, 10:21 AM   #2
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Most-any LBS Sells them, Drive By and they will help you put it on. and answer the questions you have, in person.
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What is LBS? Do they have a website?
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LBS=Local Bike Shop. Copy that.
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It's just a bike rack, trunk mount is what you are describing. As already stated local bike shops carry them, as well as most Wal-Marts and larger department stores have them too, as well as online retailers. Trunk mount bike racks make it harder to get into your trunk and some can even wear your paint off, I prefer a trailer hitch mounted bike rack, that is IF you have a trailer hitch.
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It's just a bike rack, trunk mount is what you are describing. As already stated local bike shops carry them, as well as most Wal-Marts and larger department stores have them too, as well as online retailers. Trunk mount bike racks make it harder to get into your trunk and some can even wear your paint off, I prefer a trailer hitch mounted bike rack, that is IF you have a trailer hitch.
Trunk mount. Got it. I don't care about the paint- the car is a 97 and I like in New England where it snows 11 months of the year.
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If you hit Belmont Wheelworks in Waverly Square before close of business on Wednesday, they are having their annual supersale. If you are way more budget minded, Target would probably be a good bet for a trunk mount rack new, or check out CraigsList for used- they are always popping up there.
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Tons of different rack options, including trunk racks, here: http://www.etrailer.com/Bike-Rack

As for the paint on your car. Put some clear protective film where the rack will contact the paint. It's available at auto stores and such. No matter how soft or cushy the rack pads are, road grime will get between them and the paint and scuff the paint.
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Most of them can be adjusted to fit almost every vehicle. The attachment hooks are plastic coated when new, but the plastic wears. Most have some sort of foam cushioning where the body of the rack rests against the vehicle.
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there's some variety too. Some are better for SUVs or Vans, some are better for cars with trunks. You have a '97 what?

since wifey and I have hatchbacks I prefer the racks that rest most of the weight on the rear bumper and the top rests on the top metal of the hatchback. in some cases the top member rests on the rear window. I just ordered a new one for wifey's car and I'm not 100% sure where it will rest, but it should be fine where ever it rests. I bought mine from amazon.

here are a few that would work with an SUV, these are generally harder to find on CL. some of these might be adjustable so they might work OK on a car with a trunk too
http://www.amazon.com/Thule-911XT-Pa...sim_sbs_auto_4
http://www.amazon.com/TRUNK-MOUNT-CA...449080-0258634
http://www.amazon.com/Hollywood-Rack...449080-0258634
http://www.amazon.com/BuzzRack-Skipp.../dp/B004JKUDNQ
http://www.amazon.com/SportRack-SR31...im_sbs_auto_21
http://www.amazon.com/Trunk-Mounted-...im_sbs_auto_48

if you have a car with a trunk you can use one of these classics I just found on CL

http://boston.craigslist.org/sob/bik/3965754657.html
http://boston.craigslist.org/nos/bik/3968188207.html
http://boston.craigslist.org/bmw/bik/3964936070.html
http://boston.craigslist.org/sob/bik/3967778996.html

good luck and happy hunting!
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yakima super joe 2 from amazon. $70. holds 2 bikes. leave it on the trunk and can still get into the trunk without any issue (when the bikes aren't on it, obviously). fits perfect on pretty much any car, and the yakima website has a fit guide so you can check. it's not the most expensive, beefy one, and it's not the cheap one, its the perfect right in between one.

its been on my 2009 hyundai sonata for the past 5 months. i only took it off to go through the car wash. haha.

thules do the same thing, but you pay $50-100 more just because it says thule on the side.

the saris ones i see around a lot, but don't have experience with, but i hear a lot of people like them.
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Trunk mount. Got it. I don't care about the paint- the car is a 97 and I live in New England where it snows 11 months of the year.
I'm divining that you'd like a frugal solution: Get one from Craigslist or a rummage sale. Here's one near you:

http://boston.craigslist.org/nos/bik/3968188207.html
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Have a Saris Bones for my hatchback, works fairly well. Have the two bike model, wish i'd gotten the three bike unit to allow a little more separation between two bikes. However with any trunk or hitch mount bike carrier, the bikes get covered with a lot of road grime.
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Although I do ride Walmart bikes, I do not recommend Walmart bike racks. On Bike Racks, don't skimp. Get a good one and allow the bike shop to install it for you at first properly (if they won't help, don't do business with them). You also have to consider stuff like will this scratch my car when it comes to strap on racks.
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I actually bought a Walmart "trunk" rack that holds 2 bikes. I've transported my wife's beach cruiser (tank) and a singlespeed (heavy also) on it for trips up to 80 miles and it holds up quite well. I've also taken my road bike on it but its very light. For the price I would recommend it. The only thing is that it blocks access to the trunk or lift gate in my case. I'll be upgrading to a roof rack to take advantage of the rails on my Jeep.

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Allen-Spor...rrier/15103187
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Saris Bones is probably the best rack for the buck. Look for a gently used one on Craigs List. I have the two bike model and have used it on a wide range of cars with bikes ranging from 25# road bikes all the way up to my 50#+ city bike.

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Everybody has their favorites and they all work well if they fit. As it happens, Thule is the only major brand that thinks their rack will fit my car without a special adapter. It is a good idea to check the manufacturer's fit list before buying off of Craigslist.
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Saris Bones looks versatile!
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It is.

2004 Honda Accord, 2006 Honda CRV, 2008 Nissan Altima, 1998 Cadillac Sedan DeVille, 2007 Cadillac DTS, 2005 Subaru Forester, 2004 Ford Focus Wagon... these are just a few of the cars that I have put the Saris rack on and hauled bikes. IIRC the CRV needed an extra strap to mount it effectively.

I have been more than pleased with the rack and it's performance.

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Sarris has a redesigned Bones rack: http://www.pezcyclingnews.com/page/t...pec/?id=101738
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I've got the Saris Bones 3, and it's a great trunk rack, takes me about three minutes to attach it to my car, a 2005 Honda Accord, and only about two minutes to secure both of our bikes. Best bike rack I've ever had. The new or redesigned rack mentioned above is nice as well but costs 2 1/2 times as much as the Bones 3 rack. I looked into both and ended up with the Bones 3, happy with my decision.

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