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Old 06-19-09, 07:14 PM
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Strapping bikes on roof with no rack?

Hi, I'm wondering if anyone has any experience strapping bikes onto the roof of a vehicle. I wish to take 2 bikes up to Ohio from Florida on a RAV 4. I really don't want to spend a fortune on a hitch and a rack that blocks the rear cargo door from opening. Or a bike roof rack for that matter. The car has the standard roof rack on which to rope and bungee cord a couple of bikes.
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Old 06-19-09, 07:23 PM
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Rent a minivan and let them ride with you. Actually I just saw a kid who had 1 bike in the back of a small 4 door car by just removing the front wheel and setting the front fork on the floor but not sure if 2 would work? I honestly would be affraid of scratching the he** out of my SUV. Good luck!
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Old 06-19-09, 09:09 PM
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Originally Posted by casong View Post
Hi, I'm wondering if anyone has any experience strapping bikes onto the roof of a vehicle. I wish to take 2 bikes up to Ohio from Florida on a RAV 4. I really don't want to spend a fortune on a hitch and a rack that blocks the rear cargo door from opening. Or a bike roof rack for that matter. The car has the standard roof rack on which to rope and bungee cord a couple of bikes.
Don't RAV 4s have the spare tire on the rear of the back door? A spare tire rack doesn't block the back door, as it swings away when you open the door.
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Old 06-19-09, 10:10 PM
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Bolt a couple of these to your roof rack and use a decent ratchet strap instead of bungees.
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strapping bike directly to the roof is bad for the bike!!! while I realize this is not for everyone this is how I transport my bikes.
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Old 06-26-09, 03:02 PM
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I have a small 4 door car. I can get 1 bike in the back seat with front wheel off. I don't think two would fit this way, maybe with both wheels and handlebars off. I would advise against strapping to the roof like you suggest. I don't think bike or car will like that setup much. Plus it seems like there would be a good chance of vibrations loosening the bike. I haul one bike almost daily on a trunk rack.
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Old 06-26-09, 03:05 PM
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I don't know what else you'll have in the Rav4, but I've gotta believe that by removing the front wheels (and maybe the rear) you'd be able to get both bikes in it if you're the only one driving it. Heck, I can fit my road bike with the front wheel removed in my Sebring convertible (granted, I need to drop the top to fit it in but it works). With the rear tire removed, it actually fits quite nicely between the front and rear seats giving me plenty of room on the rear seats for storage of stuff.

With my mountain bike, if I remove both wheels it fits in the trunk with room to spare (and the Sebring's trunk isn't large by any means - silly thing about storing the roof in the trunk ). I can't do that with the road bike unless I loosen the stem bolt so the handlebars can move independent of the fork - the mountain bike's flat bar fits nicer than the road bike's drop bars.

Then again if you've got things/people to move with you, it'd be tricky/impossible to store in the vehicle. In that case, hit up a local consignment/pawn shop or thrift store. I picked up two trunk mount racks for < $4 each. Both in barely used condition. I've seen these types of mounts used on SUVs and hatch backs before though the spare tire might be an issue.
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Old 06-26-09, 05:38 PM
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trunk racks are cheap...

as for the roof idea... I'd go for flipping the bike upside down so the handlebars + saddle rest on the roof. Then run a ratchet strap through the frame, and through the windows of the car making a loop.

I personally wouldn't risk doing this with my bikes on a roof. That's just how I haul my bikes 'round in the bed of my truck and i don't have any problems...
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