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Old 09-25-11, 02:16 PM
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Bike rack

I will be getting a sedan and will be needing a means to haul my road bike. Does anybody have any suggestions for a bike rack ????. I'm open to either a roof or trunk style..
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Old 09-25-11, 02:45 PM
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roof racks are way more expensive but way better
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Old 09-25-11, 03:26 PM
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I like my Yakima racks.... I have a hitch mount and a roof rack.
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Old 09-25-11, 03:42 PM
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I've been thinking about a roof rack myself. I already have a Thule base rack so that's the way I'll probably go. I did notice the other day pcad mention he lost a couple bikes off a roof rack that mounts only by the forks in high winds. I still don't quite see how the fork clamps are going to let go even in high winds, but maybe they do. I don't think I'd want a rack that holds on to the frame itself though.

I guess when it comes time I'll buy the best rack Thule makes in hopes it also holds on the best.

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Old 09-25-11, 04:09 PM
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I really, really like my Saris Bones "RS" trunk rack. It is rock solid on the car and bikes are very secure. Folds up small and easy to store.
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Old 09-25-11, 05:08 PM
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I have a Kuat Sherpa hitch rack and its awesome. I want a roof rack, but it is going to be over 600 bux all done. That is serious ouch for a utility item... might have to settle for a trunk rack.
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Old 09-25-11, 06:36 PM
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Lots of pros and cons between various types of racks but I like hitch racks. Hitches are available for just about every type of sedan. I know a guy with a hitch on a Jag.
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I've had my Saris Bones 3 for numerous years and used it on several different cars. Works great.
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In my experience with Thule fork-mount roof racks, as long as you buy the lock cores (SKS locks), you have double the securement. The Saris Bones is also quality. The deciding factor for me would be frame material of your bikes (if carbon, roof rack for sure).
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Old 09-25-11, 08:22 PM
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Originally Posted by Mtbnomore View Post
In my experience with Thule fork-mount roof racks, as long as you buy the lock cores (SKS locks), you have double the securement. The Saris Bones is also quality. The deciding factor for me would be frame material of your bikes (if carbon, roof rack for sure).
I would also add security to concerns about Saris Bones (or most trunk racks). I use one regularly, and it is a great rack for transporting - stable and secure, easy to attach, easy to store. But, note that the rack is NOT solidly secured/ locked to the vehicle, in most cases (if nothing else, a thief can cut the straps holding the rack to the car). I worry every time I park my car with the bike on the rack. I do lock the bike to the rack to discourage 'opportunity crimes' but if you have a really pricey/flashy ride or live/frequent less than stellar neighborhoods, I'd go with something more secure, like a hitch or roof rack.

I have a hitch rack and it is more secure, but a little bit of a PITA (harder to store, heavier, only goes on a vehicle with a class 3 or better hitch). However, it is locked into the hitch, and it is easy to lock the bike to the rack itself. Again, not 100% security, but cutting that rack off the car would be far more difficult.
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Old 09-25-11, 09:27 PM
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Roof racks are bad in two situations:
1. You have a wife who wants to load/unload bikes without you
2. You forget you have it loaded when you drive in the garage. Friend of mine did this.

I have a hitch rack. I've had two types, and was told that this type would not work for carbon fiber bikes. Maybe someone else could tell me if that is true or not?

Now I have one of these - works great for any type of bike. The first one only worked for ones that have certain body types. Didn't work well for cruisers, mountain bikes with suspension, etc.
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