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Mini Cooper Bike Rack

Old 07-28-09, 06:22 PM
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Mini Cooper Bike Rack

I just bought a new Mini Cooper and am going through the painful process of figuring out the best bike rack. I have a Yakima rack that I could convert over to the Mini using Q towers and clips but I'm not sure it's the best option because I'm worried about potential wear to the roof (from the tower pads and clips) as well as the fact it will negatively impact MPG. The other option is to get a Thule rack installed at the dealership but this requires mods to the roof and I'd have the same issue with MPG. I only really use the rack for one bike, three or four times a week, 10-15 miles each way. I do take the occassional 100-200 mile trip where I take my bike.

I was thinking a rear rack might make sense. I see Yakima has this relatively new rack, the Quickback 2:

https://www.yakima.com/racks/bike-rac...ickback-2.aspx

Looks like it could be a nice alternative to the roof rack. The pads look like they sit on the window and the license plate so they wouldn't do any damage to the car. I do have a carbon bike and wonder if carrying it on the rear rack could pressure/damage the frame?

Does any experience with the Quickback 2? I'd also love to hear general comments about people's thoughts on the best solution for a bike rack for the Mini. I know this topic has been covered in the past but it seems like it's been a while since someone has brought it up and there are now some newer options.
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Old 07-28-09, 06:55 PM
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Saris Bones RS

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Old 07-28-09, 06:58 PM
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I think it's possible, but won't it be awfully hard to pedal up hills with the extra weight of the car attached?
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Old 07-28-09, 07:06 PM
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I just bought a chevy HHR and did not want to impact my gas mileage all the time when I only take the bike 1 to 2 time a week. I put a hitch on the car and bought the Saris CycleOn Pro. I works great and is easy to take on and off the hitch.
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Old 07-28-09, 07:06 PM
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I had a Saris Bones rack strapped to the back of my Scion TC for a couple of days but quickly got rid of them. Although they are probably strong, I couldn't stand watching my bike bounce around in my rear view mirror. Instead, I got a set of Yakima roof racks and never looked back. I love them. They do eat up the gas mileage a bit but it's not too big of a deal.
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Old 07-28-09, 07:21 PM
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Get a hitch and a tray type hitch rack. This is what I am going to do if I ever get a new car instead of a roof rack
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Old 07-28-09, 07:34 PM
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Never saw a Mini with a hitch mount though. Do they even make one for the Mini - aftermarket or otherwise?


EDIT: My bad. Apparently, they do.

https://www.etrailer.com/hitch-2006_Mini_Cooper.htm

FWIW, I bought a hitch (for my truck) from ETrailer.com. Highly recommended if you wish to DIY.
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Old 07-28-09, 08:04 PM
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The best for me was the OEM rack drilled into the roof.
I had the dealer do it.
It was made by Thule. Thule rules.

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nice rims. Love black rims with a polished lip
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Old 07-28-09, 08:27 PM
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etrailer.com is a good site. I just bought my first new car on Saturday and ordered a hitch for it.

I've been selling the Swagman XTC2 bike rack for a few months and it is the overwhelming favorite of all hitch-mount bike racks. I'm getting one for my car. Roof racks impact gas mileage, they whistel, and you can feel them sway if you don't corner gingerly.
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Old 08-08-09, 07:12 PM
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I'm in the same situation with my Mini Clubman. I want a rack for my bike, and don't want to tear up the car. I wont need the rack to be very heavy duty, but will use it for sort periods several times a week, and would like something on the less expensive side.
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Old 08-08-09, 07:41 PM
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The Swagman XTC2 is awesome and only $215. The nice thing about the Clubman is that I have the ability to put 2 bikes inside if I need to.
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there is a guy that custom made a receiver for his Smart car and tows a BMX to the skate park. No pics of it, but it's bad ass.

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oops, forgot my point.. anyway - if a guy can get a receiver for his Smart car, then it can't be much harder to have a local workshop make you one for your Mini.
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Help with my Yakima Quickback... I just put this rack on my 08 Cooper, read the directions and followed them to a tee. After I put my two bike on it the top pads that were resting on my back window were not resting there anymore... Is this supposed to happen???? Thanks in advance for the insight.

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