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Old 03-21-16, 09:17 PM
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Single Bike Rack for Car

Looking at a single bike rack for my VW Passat, and like the concept of the trunk racks. Looking at model 9001PRO by Thule (they dont make single racks), but I am hearing trunk racks are a bad idea. I like the roof racks, but I'm not looking for a permanent solution, hence the user-friendly trunk racks. What's your opinion?
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Old 03-21-16, 10:17 PM
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And I have a Roof-mounted carrier because I also wanna to carry more things no just bike.But Roof-Mounted will covered Car sunroof.
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Old 03-21-16, 10:21 PM
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I have a Thule trunk rack. It works great, as long as it's properly adjusted and lashed/tightened down. I rarely use it because it takes so long to properly attach and tighten, retighten, load bike(s), and retighten again.

If your passat has a hitch receiver, I'd definitely go that route. Slide in place, lock pin, done. If you're willing to lay out almost $400 on the 9001Pro, you can get a hitch receiver installed and then get a Vertex 9028XT.
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The best impermanent single carrier is the SeaSucker Talon.
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Old 03-22-16, 10:32 AM
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Originally Posted by chaadster View Post
The best impermanent single carrier is the SeaSucker Talon.
lol, I saw that. Love the concept, and love the impermanent solution, but dont trust the chance for the bike to fall off during a rainy day, etc. Dont feel like risking a $3k bike.
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Old 03-22-16, 10:33 AM
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Originally Posted by General Geoff View Post
I have a Thule trunk rack. It works great, as long as it's properly adjusted and lashed/tightened down. I rarely use it because it takes so long to properly attach and tighten, retighten, load bike(s), and retighten again.

If your passat has a hitch receiver, I'd definitely go that route. Slide in place, lock pin, done. If you're willing to lay out almost $400 on the 9001Pro, you can get a hitch receiver installed and then get a Vertex 9028XT.
I'll look into it, no trailer hitch. When you used your Thule trunk rack, did you notice any damage to your car?
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Old 03-22-16, 10:50 AM
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No, no damage. The padding does its job, not a single scratch or scuff. The metal hooks are coated to prevent scraping against the paint as well. It's a fine bike rack, as long as you take the time to properly attach and tighten it.
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I've used trunk racks for years and never an issue. I always do make sure when I attach it that I make sure the area where it attaches is clean so dirt does not ground into the paint. On my cars I have always had a tow hook under the bumper that I can run a cable lock through to lock the rack and carrier in place. Won't prevent someone from stealing it if they really want it and have bolt cutters but will stop a walk by theft.
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I've used a Saris Bones Solo for several years and love it. As with any trunk-mounted rack, immobilize the front wheel/fork with strap or bungee, pad the inboard pedal with a foam block (and remove the pedals for a long trip). I also recommend strapping down the ends of mudguards/fenders for highway speeds—The wind can be brutal to thin aluminum and plastic. Check all straps at each rest/fuel/food stop—The state of the art in straps and buckles has become almost ​foolproof

Oh, one last thing... If you don't have anything exterior to attach a cable to for security, get about six feet from Home Depot, Lowes, Ace, etc. make a loop on each end, and put carabiners or something similar on the loops. Leave the trunk unlatched when you mount your bike, then thread the cable through the bike and into the trunk. If your cable isn't too heavy, the lid should still close around it. Then snug up the lower rack straps if they don't already attach to the trunk lid, of course. I have an MX-5, so my trunk lid is A. shallow, and B. aluminum. My lower straps have to go to the bottom of the rear diffuser. Somebody (I don't remember who) used to make a cable with tough plastic balls mounted on the ends for just such an arrangement, but anything that won't easily break and keeps the cable from being pulled through the trunk gasket will work just fine.

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If you care about the paint on the car, DO NOT use a trunk rack. It WILL damage the paint in some way or another.

My recommendations: hitch rack that secures the bike tires. You don't want anything clamping down on your bike frame because that will also damage the bike finish in some way or another, eventually.

Best single rack that I know of is the 1UP USA rack, which is extremely slim when folded up against the rear bumper. Aluminum construction, and made in the USA.

I have a Thule DoubleTrack hitch rack, and it's terrible. It's a heavy beast at over 50 lbs for the rack itself, the hooks that clamp on the frame have damaged the paint on every single bike we own, and the whole thing has a major design flaw that would let anyone steal the bikes even when the hooks are locked down with the key. Don't buy that one.
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Originally Posted by PatrickGSR94 View Post
If you care about the paint on the car, DO NOT use a trunk rack. It WILL damage the paint in some way or another.

My recommendations: hitch rack that secures the bike tires. You don't want anything clamping down on your bike frame because that will also damage the bike finish in some way or another, eventually.

Best single rack that I know of is the 1UP USA rack, which is extremely slim when folded up against the rear bumper. Aluminum construction, and made in the USA.

I have a Thule DoubleTrack hitch rack, and it's terrible. It's a heavy beast at over 50 lbs for the rack itself, the hooks that clamp on the frame have damaged the paint on every single bike we own, and the whole thing has a major design flaw that would let anyone steal the bikes even when the hooks are locked down with the key. Don't buy that one.
Do you have experience with the 1UP USA rack? What can you tell me about it?
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