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Old 05-30-12, 11:32 AM
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Looking for a Bicycle Car Rack

I have an 07 BMW X5 and my recent purchase of a 29er means I cannot fit the bike in my car anymore without taking off the wheel. Too avoid the hassle I am looking for a bicycle rack. I am looking for one that will just hook onto the back of my car because I don't have a hitch and I prefer not to put it on top of the car.
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Old 05-30-12, 11:37 AM
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The Saris "bones" rack appears to be very popular and well made. Don't have one myself though, since I have a pickup truck.
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Old 05-30-12, 11:43 AM
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Saris Bones. I have one and it is the best rear rack I have ever owned. I also happen to have an Allen Ultralight but I would not want to use it for long term use.

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Another vote for the bones. My girlfriend has an suv, and I drive a coupe, the saris takes about 2 mins to switch over.
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Old 05-30-12, 12:25 PM
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Get a hitch, if only for use with your bike rack. You'll be much happier if it is a nice bike.
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Old 05-30-12, 12:28 PM
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please elaborate
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Get a hitch, if only for use with your bike rack. You'll be much happier if it is a nice bike.
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Old 05-30-12, 02:26 PM
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Originally Posted by Snyderman View Post
Another vote for the bones. My girlfriend has an suv, and I drive a coupe, the saris takes about 2 mins to switch over.
For those of you that have the Saris Bones. Do you have the 2 or 3 person one. If you never plan to have more then 2 bikes, is there a reason to get the 3 bike one (i.e. does the 2 bike one comfortably hold two bikes)?
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Old 05-30-12, 03:28 PM
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Originally Posted by johnny99 View Post
Get a hitch, if only for use with your bike rack. You'll be much happier if it is a nice bike.
Or a nice car. If you use a strap-on rack regularly for 6 months or so at the end of that time you'll be able to tell where the feet set on your paint.
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Old 05-30-12, 03:36 PM
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Saris Bones 2 or Saris Bones 3. I have yet to find a car that the Bones 2 won't fit, including exotics.
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if you take the front wheel off, can it fit between front and back seats?

road bikes do that, even in small cars [have to be 4 door though]

but they are usually smaller than mtbs

just asking
not everyone thinks of that way to put in a car
and the front is pretty easy to take off


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This humble Allen may not look like much but it will go on anything. I have had mine for 20+ years and had it on fullsize vans, 300ZX, Taurus, Windstar, '72 sedan deville, and I have put on almost anything you can name for customers.

https://www.allensportsusa.com/products/102DB

Personally I think my Windstar is the best way to transport a bike. But I would rather fiddle with removing a wheel than have my bike exposed to whatever.




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Originally Posted by terrapin44 View Post
For those of you that have the Saris Bones. Do you have the 2 or 3 person one. If you never plan to have more then 2 bikes, is there a reason to get the 3 bike one (i.e. does the 2 bike one comfortably hold two bikes)?
I have the Bones 2, it was what the LBS had at the time and I usually only haul one or two bikes at a time.

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Old 05-30-12, 05:50 PM
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Originally Posted by terrapin44 View Post
For those of you that have the Saris Bones. Do you have the 2 or 3 person one. If you never plan to have more then 2 bikes, is there a reason to get the 3 bike one (i.e. does the 2 bike one comfortably hold two bikes)?
I have the bones 2, it easily fits my crosstrail and my gf's Ariel.
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Old 05-30-12, 06:12 PM
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Originally Posted by Stealthammer View Post
Saris Bones 2 or Saris Bones 3. I have yet to find a car that the Bones 2 won't fit, including exotics.
Won't fit a Mazda 3 hatchback.
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Won't fit a Mazda 3 hatchback.
According to the 2013 Saris fitting guide (European), both the Bones 2 and 3 will fit on a Mazda 3 2004-2009 (but not 2010 onwards).

https://www.halfords.com/wcsstore/lib...e_European.pdf

I checked 'cos that's the car I have and I'm thinking of getting a Bones rack.
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Old 04-21-13, 09:17 AM
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I ended up getting the Yakima SuperJoe 2.
So far, no complaints. Easy to put on, holds the bikes securely.
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