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Old 05-31-05, 03:43 PM   #1
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Good bike racks

I have been researching bike racks for the top and back of my car, but I cant seem to find any difference between Thule and Yakima. Do people have preferences on one or the other?...top or back? The only difference I have really noticed at the two websites was about ten dollars. I realize for vets of the biking world this may seem dumb, but I want some other opinions before I invest so much. Thanks.
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Old 05-31-05, 03:49 PM   #2
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I have been researching bike racks for the top and back of my car, but I cant seem to find any difference between Thule and Yakima. Do people have preferences on one or the other?...top or back? The only difference I have really noticed at the two websites was about ten dollars. I realize for vets of the biking world this may seem dumb, but I want some other opinions before I invest so much. Thanks.
There is a lot of informative reading here. Hitch racks are the best in my opinion. I have one and love it. Of the hitch racks, look for racks that secure the bike by the wheels instead of the top tube. I have the Sportworks Mod Series. Thule just bought this company.
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I have the Sportworks Mod Series. Thule just bought this company.

I wonder if that is a good thing or a bad thing. I have the sportswork mod as well and love it. I hope Thule does not ruin a good hitch rack.

Checking both their sites it is difficult to tell if the sportworks mod will still be available, but the are making the Transport in both 2" hitch and 1 1/4" hitch. More expensive then the mod if you need it for just one bike, but still an excellent choice for a hitch rack

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I wonder if that is a good thing or a bad thing. I have the sportswork mod as well and love it. I hope Thule does not ruin a good hitch rack.
I share your concern. I only have one tray and always planned to get another. Now i suppose i will end up not being able to. Looks like you have to buy a 2 bike model of the Transport series. That is the only option on Thule's site. Granted there are probably plenty of Mod series racks floating around, but i am not in the market right now. Damned $$$$. It ruins everything.
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... and I prefer the roof mount. Seems to me to be a cleaner place to transport the bikes (amazing how dirty the back of the car can get, though this may be offset by bug exposure if you live in a bug-rich area!). Also not sitting out there if you do ever get rear-ended (had that happen to a buddy of mine). If you do use a roof mounted carrier, always put your garage door opener in the glovebox/trunk/seat bag when you have the bikes on top - this will help stop you from driving the bikes into the top of the garage (had another buddy of mine destroy his bike doing that last year!!!).

There's really very little between Thule & Yakima. If you have a very curved roofline (e.g. VW beetle) the round bars of the Yakima are better than the square bars of the Thule (square bars don't sit flat on a curved roof, making it a little bit more difficult to mount the accessories). I bought Thule for the better mounting kit availability for cars in Europe and Australia (I want to be able to take the racks with me if/when I move in a couple of years).
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I share your concern. I only have one tray and always planned to get another. Now i suppose i will end up not being able to. Looks like you have to buy a 2 bike model of the Transport series. That is the only option on Thule's site. Granted there are probably plenty of Mod series racks floating around, but i am not in the market right now. Damned $$$$. It ruins everything.

I have just one tray as well and thought I would just buy a second one later on. Oh well I guess there is always e-bay.

Or maybe they will make the trays for the mod system available later on?
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Which bike rack (trunk mounted) can i use on my 2004 VW Beetle?
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This is a 12 year old thread. Better to start a new one, because most responses are going to be in response to the original topic.
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Allen Sports trunk mount at Walmart for $38.00. If you are all about appearances then it probably wont work for you.
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i have this one. I have transported 2 bikes locally very easily. it is very adjustable and think it would work on most any vehicle. It is sturdy and easy-on / easy-off. I leave the top straps adjusted for my car and then only have to tension the side and lower straps. I have yet to use it for more than about 20mi, but I've had it on the freeway with no issues and the bikes do not move around.
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the choices are mind boggling. currently my go-to rack is a very small hitch rack. easy to put on & off the car, easy to do the same with my bike. it's an old Subaru branded model I got 2nd hand on CL for less that $100

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I got my first rack about the time this thread started: a Sportworks Transport T1. Thule later bought that business and so my second was a Thule T2. Yakima's version is probably just fine and if I were buying another hitch rack today I'd look at Yakima, Thule and Saris.

One of my criteria today would be if the rack would fit my fatbike's tires. I switched out my T1's tire holders with the Thule fatbike attachments and those work great (4.8" wide tires)
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My Yakima rack is about as old, and is now on top of it's third car. Still strong as ever. Needed new clips for the new car, as well as a new set of pads, but that's all. Now using it year-round since I got a ski rack unit.
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So... this will fit on my 2008 Beetle? I'm very confused

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... and I prefer the roof mount. Seems to me to be a cleaner place to transport the bikes (amazing how dirty the back of the car can get, though this may be offset by bug exposure if you live in a bug-rich area!). Also not sitting out there if you do ever get rear-ended (had that happen to a buddy of mine). If you do use a roof mounted carrier, always put your garage door opener in the glovebox/trunk/seat bag when you have the bikes on top - this will help stop you from driving the bikes into the top of the garage (had another buddy of mine destroy his bike doing that last year!!!).

There's really very little between Thule & Yakima. If you have a very curved roofline (e.g. VW beetle) the round bars of the Yakima are better than the square bars of the Thule (square bars don't sit flat on a curved roof, making it a little bit more difficult to mount the accessories). I bought Thule for the better mounting kit availability for cars in Europe and Australia (I want to be able to take the racks with me if/when I move in a couple of years).
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I've been looking myself. I was tempted by some cheapo hitch mounted ones, but have held off ever since I realized I could pop the front wheel off and then the bike would fit into my backseat. And not get rained on. Not the bestest solution, as I often have to pick up kids on the way home.
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Yakima is considered the go to rack by boaters, kayakers, paddle boarders, canoeist. I've always considered them the top rack for my boats. But, for my bikes neither Thule or Yakima appealed to me. Both of their bike rack designs are too cumbersome. I got a cheapo hitch mounted Allen 4x bike rack that works fine.
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i really like the thule ones. they seem sturdier to me.
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Allen has a bunch of options, trunk mounted, hitch mounted, all sizes too, for 2 bikes up to 5 bike racks. They mostly all seem to be pretty popular and usually less expensive than other brands like Thule or Yakima.
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