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Old 12-15-13, 09:45 PM   #1
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Anyone else notice you actually need a 3-bike car trunk rack to transport 2 bikes

I have a Yakima Superjoe 2. We've had it since March. It's supposed to carry 2 bikes, and it does, but not without some gentle persuasion...

Anyone else notice this? Or is it just my rack?

The handlebars interfere with saddle bags or seats. The pedals can't get out of the way of the other bike's wheels, etc.
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Old 12-16-13, 08:05 AM   #2
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Totally common with those types of racks. You need to noodle out the best way to put the bikes on, then some strategically placed pieces of foam pipe insulation and/or bungies can help keep finishes from getting dinged etc....
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I put socks over my pedals to keep them from scratching my car/license play, and the other bike's rims.
and apparently i just can't have my saddle bag on because it gets crushed by my wife's drop bars.
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Sounds about right. I see no feasible way to fit 3 bikes onto ANY 3 bike trunk rack I have seen, and the 2 bike racks are more of a roomy 1 bike rack in reality. All vehicles I own must have a hitch for this very reason.
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I have discovered the answer to making three bikes fit on a Thule 3 bike trunk carrier is to remove the seat posts and saddles from at least one bike, and preferably two. It's really the only way I can get my large frame bike, my wife's small frame bike and my kid's 24" MTB on the Thule. I just set the posts in the car's trunk and reattach them when we get to our destination. Even then, it's a jigsaw puzzle to get everything to line up just right to make it work.
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it takes some persuasion
but i have never seen a two bike rack that could not hold two bikes

i have a four bike rack
and on long family road trips
we rack and remove four bikes all the time

depending on the orientation of pedals and bars during racking
there sometimes appears to be room for a fifth
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well i'm just glad i'm not the only one seeing the problem.
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I've put three bikes on a two bike rack.
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Agree, have a two bike saris bones- hard to fit two bikes on it. Fine for one bike.
Wish I'd gotten the three bike model.
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Nylon cinch straps and pipe insulation are your friend. Me - I just take the wheels off and throw everything in the trunk - even a bike with a rear rack fits in the trunk of a Crown Vic.. BUT I do have a cheap hitch-mount rack from Harbor Freight for those times when the trunk is full of other stuff. I'm the only one in this house who rides so it is just one bike anyway, and I still use cinch straps to hold it in place.
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