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bike rack(4 posts)

bike racknn23
May 25, 2001 5:57 PM
Hi, Any suggestion for a bike rack that I could use to carry my road bike on my car (Tercel). I have a Trek 1000 which goes quite cheap and I so I'd surely not want to spend too much on the rack in comparision.

Does it matter (to the bike) if I use a roof mounted or a trunk mounted rack?

I found some trunk mounted racks for 3 cycles, on the net by "Yakima 'xyz' Joe Trunk Mount Bicycle Racks" ranging from $49 to $124 depending on what xyz was. As far as I see there is no difference in them so how do I chose?
re: bike rackStewK
May 25, 2001 7:28 PM
Try going to the Thule website. They have an interactive system that tells you which racks will fit your car. If you're looking to save money, a trunk rack is the cheapest way to go.
re: bike rackSpoke Wrench
May 25, 2001 7:37 PM
There are 3 issues to work through with strap on trunk mounted racks:
1. They will scratch your car.
2. They won't fit on some cars.
3. The straps often come loose while you are driving.
Naturally some are better than others. I greatly prefer the ones that use metal cam strap tightning hardware.

Roof racks are the most stable and are actually easiest to load unless you have an unusually tall car. Unfortunately, plan on spending $500.00 for an average system to hold two bikes. Put the garage door opener in the glove compartment when you have bikes on the roof.

Receiver racks combine the features of the other two styles, but getting the trailer receiver installed will add about $150.00 to $200.00 to the cost.
re: bike rackIan
May 26, 2001 1:03 PM
Yakima's Joe line does have some differences. Some will be a little more adjustable, some will have stabilization, etc. Try the Mo Joe at $100 and the Mighty Joe at $125, they are the two top models. Visit your nearest Yakima dealer, they can show you the differences and will probably install it on your car.