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    Cheap Wal-mart bike rack

    so i bought a "Bell Doubleback" trunk rack yesterday and it seems to be holding up well and i didnt notice it shift any when i drove around. anyone had one of these randomly fail and have their baby fall off the back of the car going down the road?

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    Quote Originally Posted by nebrider View Post
    so i bought a "Bell Doubleback" trunk rack yesterday and it seems to be holding up well and i didnt notice it shift any when i drove around. anyone had one of these randomly fail and have their baby fall off the back of the car going down the road?
    Why would you put something you consider "your baby" in a cheap Walmart bike rack to begin with? The fact that you are even thinking about the possibility of it falling off tells me you should have gone for something you wouldn't have to worry about.

    FWIW, I'm no fan of trunk/hitch raks to begin with. I had a friend who had a very expensive and beautiful ride in a trunk rack when he got "bumped" from behind. What would have been a minor bump to the car ended with much wailing and nashing of teeth on his part and moving to a roof rack.

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    im actually looking to get one of these. my friend said it scratched the paint on his car a little bit, but he didnt have the straps 100% tight. i have a miata, so no roof racks for me
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    Quote Originally Posted by CharlieWoo View Post
    FWIW, I'm no fan of trunk/hitch raks to begin with. I had a friend who had a very expensive and beautiful ride in a trunk rack when he got "bumped" from behind.
    you also have to be careful when backing up with a car that's low to the ground, at a slight downhill slope onto a flat road (\___), of course. if you have a larger frame or the wrong angle the bike tires will start scraping the pavement and pushing your frame into the rack! trunk racks just make me nervous.

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    I put mine in the back seat pretty much always.

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    It's been several days, i put my old MTN bike on it and have it locked with a cable just to test the durability of it without risking my actual ride, and it's holding up well.

    BTW, i drive a geo prizm so im unconcerned with minor paintscratches. (im 16, give me a break here )

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    I've been using one for the past few years without any problems.....and I think my bikes are higher end!

    EVERY rack has their downsides but I've seen way more bikes trashed on roof racks than trunk racks and personally I perfer the trunk rack.

    I use a couple of bungee cords to secure the bike on it and it is absolutely locked in, no movement whatsoever.

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    Quote Originally Posted by markyore View Post
    EVERY rack has their downsides but I've seen way more bikes trashed on roof racks than trunk racks and personally I perfer the trunk rack.
    Were those roof-rack trashings caused somehow by the roof rack or a deficiency thereof, or were they caused by defective drivers?

    My guess is the latter, but I am still curious.
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    Eh, I have a cheaper bike rack (from REI though) and it's held up nicely. It has put scratches on the car, but my solution has been to never take it off. Of course, my car is a piece of junk, so I'm not worried about scratches. Besides, I'm on the bike more than the car anyway.
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    I got a "Rhode Gear" rack for $10 off of craigslist. Rear racks work fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nebrider View Post
    i put my old MTN bike on it and have it locked with a cable just to test the durability of it

    I have a bell bike rack from walmart (hitch mount) and it works fine for me. Securing the bike with a cable lock is recommended in the manual that came with the rack. I use 2 cable locks to secure the bike to the rack. On the hitch mount rack there's a loop for cable locks to go through. When the bike is off the rack I lock the rack to the bumper and hitch so my rack is still there when I get back to the truck.

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    [QUOTE=nebrider;7173389]It's been several days, i put my old MTN bike on it and have it locked with a cable just to test the durability of it without risking my actual ride, and it's holding up well.

    I've been using one for several weeks now without a problem. I had to have something in the car for my wife to rescue me in these damn thunderstorms. I don't mind the rain but I can't peddle fast enough to dodge lightning bolts.
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    It seems like there have been a few trunk rack threads here and people complain about scratching (to their car). I have a nice car and a trunk rack (Thule 2-bike). If you don't want your trunk scratched, simply detail the area that the rack touches right before you put it on. Also, make sure the rubber or foam pads of the rack are clean. If it's a decent quality rack, it shouldn't have any rough surfaces that can scratch anything when clean. Clean surfaces + quality rack = no scratches. Works for me, anyway.

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    If the rack is tubular Thule Speedway) you can maybe make your own padding or add it to the bike frame during transport.

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    I had a Bell rack & one of the connecting joints cracked & broke half-way to our destination. Luckily, we had extra bungie cords & were able to secure the rack & bikes.

    If you're on a budget, look for a used Thule rack or equivalent. It's worth it.
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    I bought one of those Bell / Wal-Mart racks last summer when I had to transport a bunch of bikes from WI to TX. It held 2 road bikes + 2 heavy kids bikes just fine. Since, I've used it for the same load many times, no probs. But I'm paranoid about racks in general, so I check everything over very closely each time and use extra straps (toe straps) and padding to keep the bikes secure.

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