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Car Rack advice(5 posts)

Car Rack advicebaxnbike
Nov 14, 2002 7:08 PM
I'm new to road biking and was hoping to get some advice on purchasing a car rack that I can use on my car (honda accord) and SUV. Does anyone have a positive experience using a trunk rack?
re: Car Rack adviceSpoke Wrench
Nov 15, 2002 5:56 AM
ANY strap-on rack WILL scratch your car. If you use it once a week, by the end of summer you will be able to see where the feet and hooks fit on your trunk. If that's an issue with you, get another type of rack.

I think that the Saris Bones are, head and shoulders, the best of the strap ons. They have metal cam lock buckles that securely hold the rack onto your car and don't come loose as you drive. They are very flexable and will fit onto MOST (but not all) cars. They have a good system for attaching MOST (but not all) bicycles to the rack.
re: Car Rack adviceHAL9010
Nov 15, 2002 8:36 AM
Look at the Yakima hitch mount racks. You'll need to get a trailer hitch if you don't already have one. But you will not have to worry about scratching the back deck of your Car/SUV.

Otherwise go with a Yakima roof mount and learn to not drive into the garage with your bike still on the rack.

Yak may be a bit pricier but they do seem to be the better designed, engineered, manufacured and flexible racks.
draftmaster.com nm.No_sprint
Nov 15, 2002 8:54 AM
re: Car Rack advicegotj
Nov 15, 2002 11:08 AM
I like my Saris Bones. Very sturdy. You can find pretty good deals on them at:

http://aebike.com/site/page.cfm?PageID=30&Category=151

As mentioned above, be sure that it will fit your car. In particular, if you have a hatchback you'll probably need an extra part.