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Old 03-03-17, 06:35 PM
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Bike rack help

So thinking of getting a bike rack
What type should I get.
Car is a sedan. Toyota Corolla s
Has a moon roof
What type of.roof rack accommodate this. Need rack that can do Mt bike. Road and fat bike
Suggestions please
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Yakima (and other companies) will be happy to help you figure out what will fit on the roof of your car.
https://www.yakima.com/?modal=1
If link doesn't work, then copy and paste the link.

I have used bike carriers mounted on Yakima crossbar systems for a couple of decades.
The carriers secure the fork and rear wheel - front wheel removed.
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I installed a Thule roof rack on my Toyota Matrix, no moon roof. The Traverse feet of the unit sit on the edge of the roof which should clear the moon roof. I don't think you will have a problem.

As JanMM says there are a few to choose from. Yakima, Thule, 1up and RockyMounts are the ones that I know.

Once the base rack was set up I purchased 2 RockyMounts for the bike trays. I bought everything second hand except for the Fit Kit. Check Kijiji and Craigslist if you want to go that route. Total price was about $350 Canadian dollars.
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Every car I've had a roof rack on had a moon/sun roof and it has no impact on the rack. There is a great impact on the sunroof though in the noise department. Can't drive around with the sunroof open anymore unless you are def. With that mix of bikes you really need to find a wheel on rack rather than a fork mount. Fork mounts are only good for the standard 100mm QR axle setup. Everything else is adapter hell. Just find a wheel on rack that will work with a fat bike and road bike.

Hitch rack FTW
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Before you buy a roof rack, be certain that you are capable of lifting each of your bikes that high. I wonder if the fat bike might be too heavy.
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Not sure if a fat tire will fit in most wheel trays.
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Originally Posted by AlexCyclistRoch View Post
Before you buy a roof rack, be certain that you are capable of lifting each of your bikes that high. I wonder if the fat bike might be too heavy.
Good point, I use a Yakima Steelhead that requires front tire to be removed. I use a two step ladder to make sure I get the fork positioned properly more than for weight. For me, this is the best, most secure rack.
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Trailer hitch 2" reciever will let you fit a Bike rack , or a Trailer.. advantage you can haul compost for the garden in a trailer, too.
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Hi questions about the hitch style bike rack for rear of cars
Is it easy to install?
Can you take off the rack easily and put back on if not needed
As well do they fold up ok too?
Are bikes secure on them
Thanks
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Its made by Allen Sports, im certain you will find it in Canada. They make them up to 4 bike holders but sounds like you only need two. Yes it will hold fat bikes. No dont get a roof rack, its a corolla you dont need the roof rack (unless your planning on driving on very long trips frequently)

It will fit perfect on the back of your trunk, its secure, light, well made, cheap .....
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I purchased our carrier through www.rackwarehouse.com and I see they have a 20% sales event on a lot of different brands including Yakima. They had a similar sale a couple months back but the discount was 25% so I assume the discounts will be less as we get into the biking season.

I purchased the Saris Freedom Superclamp 4 bike carrier for my family of (3) in anticipation of our daughter inviting a friend along. I like that the bike is secured to the carrier by the tires and has no contact with the frame or forks. It also is flexible with the size of bikes that you can mount onto the carrier. Originally I had planned to go with a roof type carrier but I struggled with mounting/dismounting the bikes from a carrier mounted on the roof of my wife's RAV4. Also when I worked up the cost difference the roof carrier system that I wanted was almost double the cost of a hitch type including the cost to add the hitch myself. You will want to pay attention to the weight limits of the carriers as you narrow down your search.

There are many things to consider so I would talk with people you know, your local bike shop and check out reviews on youtube.

Good luck
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Originally Posted by CanadianBiker32 View Post
Hi questions about the hitch style bike rack for rear of cars
Is it easy to install?
Can you take off the rack easily and put back on if not needed
As well do they fold up ok too?
Are bikes secure on them
Thanks
All those depend on $$$$$. The more you spend the more YES you can get to those questions. Most rack will fold up when not in use but some do it better and easier than others. Most racks just use a standard hitch pin to hold the rack on so it just depends on how easy it is to get too to install and remove the rack well that and how heavy the rack is. The 1up usa rack which is the one I use uses an expanding ball that jams it into the hitch which makes it super easy to install and remove but I never remove it. I also chain mine to the car so that kinds of nixes the easy to install and remove bit lol. The only racks I've used that I didn't trust where the cheapo kind that you hang the frame off of, don't like those.

I'll be a ***** for 1up again here and say if you only need to carry 1 bike at a time the 1up isn't crazy expensive and it will take everything from your road bike to a fat bike without needing to be modified between uses. You will have to buy the fat bike kit and install it but it will still take a road bike with the fat bike kit installed.
https://www.1upusa.com/product-spacerkit.html
Now if you need to carry two bikes at a time it starts getting rather expensive. I still haven't bought the add on rack for mine yet. When I need to carry two bikes at a time I let somebody else drive and use their rack lol.

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for bike racks, i need something quite safe that secures under back of car, since all my bikes are carbon frames. so a rack where they hang off of, is not a good idea.
suggestions please? what would be a good top notch one for a Toyota Corolla? that is more of an extendable hitch
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