Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: In Central IN
Bikes: RANS V3, RANS V-Rex, RANS Screamer
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Rails may not be needed if the Mazda 3 has threaded holes on the roof like our 2013 Mazda 5 has. Yakima Landing Pads are now attached to those, and towers/load bars can then be attached with a quick release mechanism. The next step is then attaching an appropriate bike adapter. We use a Thule version of the ATOC Tandem Topper for hauling either of our tandem or long wheelbase recumbents.
Have used the same Yakima cross bars since 2000 but have had to buy new towers, etc for different vehicles.
RANS V3 - Ti, RANS V-Rex - cromo, RANS Screamer - cromo