Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: 25 miles northwest of Boston
Bikes: Bottecchia Sprint
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a cheaper and more stable option, but harder to find are the racks that are about 4 feet tall and actually sit on your back bumper. they have straps for the top and sides of your hatchback. they are perfect for 3 bikes. I love mine, don't know the brand and it is probably 10 years old. I don't have good pictures of it but you don't have to pay for a hitch installation, hitch rack, and deal with the big ungainly thing bouncing around behind you. again, the weight of the bikes is not on your window. it's on your rear bumper. a portion of the rack rests on the top of the hatchback too. good luck finding one though. here are a couple pics, I hope you can get an idea from them. I really should take a better picture of just the rack on my car.
I've used it on my 4Runners, Escape and now my Forester. You can barely see it on the back of the black Escape. One year I tied it to my patio railing as a work stand. Now I'm using it conjunction with a hitch rack because more than 2 bikes on my hitch is not recommended and I need to carry 4. I used to carry 4 with this rack when the kids had little bikes. I know that last picture is nasty but you can kinda see how the top padded bar rests against the top of the hatchback.