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    Was wondering if someone could recommend a decent bike rake for my 2000 Toyota Solara?

    I was thinking about a bumper rack.

    Pros: easy on and off with the bikes. More aerodynamic than, a roof rack,

    Cons: Will get in the way for access to the trunk. I'd worry that someone would hit me from behind or worse, I would back into something and my bike would get crunched.


    Any thoughts? Specific brands?

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    I can't be of much help other than to note that I have the same question. I was looking into the "Bones" trunk rack. My big worry is the bike bouncing off of and scratching the bumper of my leased saturn. I don't really want to pop for a hitch though. The Bones rack is about $120--I've seen cheaper ones, but i'd be willing to pay extra for the added security, if its worth it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skanking biker
    I can't be of much help other than to note that I have the same question. I was looking into the "Bones" trunk rack. My big worry is the bike bouncing off of and scratching the bumper of my leased saturn. I don't really want to pop for a hitch though. The Bones rack is about $120--I've seen cheaper ones, but i'd be willing to pay extra for the added security, if its worth it.
    No offense but please don't hijack my thread. You are looking for a truck rack. I am looking for a bike rack, There is a lot of difference there.

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    The bones is a SARIS product that holds bicycles on the trunk of your car. A very well made rack. I do not believe that your thread was hijacked. I do not believe that the bicycle is at any greater risk perched on the back of your car than when perched atop it. There are many threads about roof racks discovering low overheads. Downside of a bones is that you loose trunk access.

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    I've been using the Saris Bones for about 9 months on my older Toyota Camry. I have found it to be very stable for both the bike and the vehicle. (I also tie down the front wheel so it doesn't hit the car or bumper.) In my neck of the woods, people on average tend to stop further back of me with the bike on the car as compared to when the bike is not there. I also like that I can see how the bike is doing on the rack, has it shifted, etc.

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    spinnaker Was wondering if someone could recommend a decent bike rake for my 2000 Toyota Solara?

    I was thinking about a bumper rack.

    Pros: easy on and off with the bikes. More aerodynamic than, a roof rack,

    Cons: Will get in the way for access to the trunk. I'd worry that someone would hit me from behind or worse, I would back into something and my bike would get crunched.


    Any thoughts? Specific brands?



    1. I did not "hijack your thread"
    2. I am not looking for a "truck rack"
    3. I am looking for a rack for my bike that attaches to the trunk of my car
    4. You asked for specific brands--I offered a suggestion

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    Quote Originally Posted by skanking biker
    spinnaker Was wondering if someone could recommend a decent bike rake for my 2000 Toyota Solara?

    I was thinking about a bumper rack.

    Pros: easy on and off with the bikes. More aerodynamic than, a roof rack,

    Cons: Will get in the way for access to the trunk. I'd worry that someone would hit me from behind or worse, I would back into something and my bike would get crunched.


    Any thoughts? Specific brands?



    1. I did not "hijack your thread"
    2. I am not looking for a "truck rack"
    3. I am looking for a rack for my bike that attaches to the trunk of my car
    4. You asked for specific brands--I offered a suggestion
    Sorry my aplologies. I must of misread it. It started out with "I can't be much help" and then I just skimmed the message . Nine times out of ten, responses like that are "me too" posts are are really worhless but I can see your response had a lot of value.

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    There are about 3 or so very similar threads going on this subject right now. Hitch Rack choice

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    apology accepted , captain Needa

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    Another vote here for the Saris Bones rack, three bike version preferably since it has the two arms for the upper mount. Carries two heavy bikes easily. Easy on and off. No scratches in 6 months. Trunk still opens. Cars stay away from the rack and you can use the first two positions for the bikes just to make sure. I wonder about the wind load on the bike sometimes but I suppose that wouldn't really be an issue if I kept it under 70 or so.
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    Another vote for the Saris Bones 3, but we have a secondary reason for using it. If you look at the silver part in the middle of the second picture you'll see that it's a tube that the straps go through (as shown in the first picture. This tube has an interior diameter about the size of a soda can. What we do is lock a contractor grade Master Lock cable to the frame of the car (at one of the tow points). Next we run the cable through the rack weaving it through the wheels frame etc then we use my Kryptonite EV disc lock to secure the other end back to the cable. When we take the bikes off to ride we just wind the cable around the rack to take up slack and lock it to the portion coming up from under the car. Yes we go through some (ahem) interesting neighborhoods, but with this setup we haven't had a problem even when we stop for lunch after a ride. Just be sure to use big intimidating locks not puny padlocks. Also the bikes don't "wag" while driving. As far as being rear-ended goes we have renter's insurance that will cover them if they are damaged, destroyed etc. If you have more expensive bikes a rider can be attached to your car insurance (it's not that much more).

    sort of a side note: Where the cable would hit / rub on the bumper I slit one of those foam "noodle" pool toys down one side and slipped the cable inside (they have a hole that's the perfect size) a little duct tape and boom no girlfriend wigging out about roughed up bumper paint.

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    Allen Rack, 103 or 104, to me its the best deal out there for a rack. I have many many miles of traveling on mine and its been great.

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    Did I misunderstand? But the one post mentioned that the tunk can be opened on the Bones 3? Is this true? Can you open the trunk when any other kind of rack is attached?

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    I have a Thule 4 bike hitch rack. When carrying one or two bikes, the bike cradles slide to the rear of the arms. The dealer has replaced the cradles, claiming Thule knew about this manufacturers defect. I haven't used the rack since the fix, so I can't say if the problem is solved. A problem in general with bumper/hitch racks is that the bikes just hang swinging in the breeze. If not secured the bikes slap the car or rack every time the car accelerates or brakes. Tying down the bikes isn't as easy as it would seem as there is a space between the rack's vertical support and the bicycle in the inboard cradle. For another 100 bucks you can buy a Thule hitch rack that solves this design flaw. Wish I'd known before I bought this rack.
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    I use a bones on a 91 Accord. The diagram shown by raiyn is how mine fits. You can Sort OF get into the trunk but raising the lid requires that you somehow hold up/stabilize the entire rack+bike assembly as the vertical load is born by the bumper. The straps do hold it, but there is a lot of motion going on trying to get into the trunk. I do not have enough hands to do that and get anything into and out of the trunk. Then again, the trunk on a 91 accord ain't much to wrote home about anyway. I do not use the trunk with the rack on the car. It can be done, however. I think that I loose about 1-1.5mpg on the road. It is very stable and weathers well. The rack is very quick to dismount...if I need the trunk to get at the spare or whatnot, that is what I would do. YMMV

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    Quote Originally Posted by wannaride
    Another vote here for the Saris Bones rack, three bike version preferably since it has the two arms for the upper mount. Carries two heavy bikes easily. Easy on and off. No scratches in 6 months. Trunk still opens. Cars stay away from the rack and you can use the first two positions for the bikes just to make sure. I wonder about the wind load on the bike sometimes but I suppose that wouldn't really be an issue if I kept it under 70 or so.
    I've got an Acura CL with a spoiler on the trunk. Does anyone with this model know if it will work with this setup?

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    Quote Originally Posted by spinnaker
    Was wondering if someone could recommend a decent bike rake for my 2000 Toyota Solara?

    I was thinking about a bumper rack.

    Pros: easy on and off with the bikes. More aerodynamic than, a roof rack,

    Cons: Will get in the way for access to the trunk. I'd worry that someone would hit me from behind or worse, I would back into something and my bike would get crunched.


    Any thoughts? Specific brands?
    I have the 3-bike Bones and love it. It's very flexible to allow switching between cars. I bought it when I had a Dodge Stratus and it converted easily to my Dodge Intrepid. Yeah, I know not much difference but my friend has one that he uses on the back of a Toyota 4-Runner.

    Also, you don't necessarily lose access to the trunk. I've opened my trunk with 1 bike on the rack. Probably not good for the trunk hinges.

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    Spend the money on a hitch rack. They can carry any bike. Full suspension mtb, kids, womens, no matter the frame style. I've got the Hollywood Team Rider, which they no longer make. I managed to get one on close out from a supplier. My brother has the 4-bike saris cycle-on, which he loves.
    Below is a fit guide for saris racks, for the guy with the spoiler.








    http://saris.com/fit/fitguide.asp?make=NONE
    http://saris.com/products/cycleon.htm
    http://hollywoodracks.com/2&3.htm#sportrider
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    I've opened the trunk using my older Saris Bones(don't think its 3). However you have to be very careful. The weight of the bike keeps making the trunk want to close on you. If the bike is not mounted, you have these pieces sticking out, and yes they do hurt. But for fast access or to dump something in the trunk it works fine.

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    Ive got a Rhino rack that fits on my rola roofracks - has a cutout for disc brakes and rock solid. No complaints

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    The problem with a hitch rack is that you need a hitch. I don't have one on my Solara. The rack is only around $30 more but add $100 - $125 for a hitch and we are talking well over $300 for a bike rack.


    Though, I do like the added stability and the fact that I would be able to access my trunk.

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    What prevents the bike from rocking back and forth on the Bones rack?

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    so in other words, when I start and stop, my bike will hit my trunk/bumper and scratch the hell out of it?

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    I had a graber trunk rack, and it took alot of rope or a few bungie cords to minimize the sway. I also put a mitten on the pedal closest to the car. It took me half an hour to put 2 bikes on to my satisfaction. On my Hollywood, it takes 5 min. I know a hitch rack cost more, but honestly their worth it. And no matter what type of bike you own, it'll work on the tray-type. I still have to put a hitch on the boyfriends car so we can use the rack on either car.
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