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Old 03-02-03, 07:59 AM   #1
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bike rack ????

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I've been out of my cycling routine for about a year .Since that time i have switched from a truck to a sports car.My question is how can you keep your new trunk rack from being stolen off the back of your car?As mine can be put on without opening the trunk.If it makes any difference it is a Saris bones rack.

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Old 03-02-03, 09:37 AM   #2
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[...] how can you keep your new trunk rack from being stolen off the back of your car?
Park in better neighborhoods, for one thing.

Couldn't you take the rack off and store it in the trunk (or back seat) when not using it?
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Hi Everyone

I've been out of my cycling routine for about a year .Since that time i have switched from a truck to a sports car.My question is how can you keep your new trunk rack from being stolen off the back of your car?As mine can be put on without opening the trunk.If it makes any difference it is a Saris bones rack.

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1. I bought a really cheap trunk rack on sale at Nashbar, so if it was stolen, I would not feel real bad. However, as I also have a Caravan into which all my bikes fit (I can get four inside easily), it is not a real problem. I only use the rack when in my other car.

2. I guess I would take it off and store it in the trunk or wherever if I was concerned.

Glad to see you back in biking!!
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I used to stash in the trunk, but I've gotten lackadasical about it.....usually just take my chances and leave it on.

When I owned a sports car, I worried more about them stealing the car (and leaving the rack on the ground, 'cause it looks cooler sans rack)!!!

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This is the rack my girlfriend and I use.
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It's a Saris Bones 3 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. 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.

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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