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Thule roof top bike rack and Pontiac Vibe(5 posts)

Thule roof top bike rack and Pontiac Vibebikerbob
Mar 31, 2003 8:14 AM
I recently bought a Pontiac Vibe. So far, So good, Except when I went to install the GM accessory bike rack made for the Vibe's roof rack. To my chagrin when I had it installed just like the brochure showed, the back hatch wouldn't open all the way.If I put them on backwards the tray extends almost two feet past the front cross bar. My question is,has anyone had a similar experience? Does the fact that the rear wheel is facing the front of the vehicle affect the stability of the bike rack? Is there a noticable difference in road noise with the racks mounted backwards? The carrier trays are made by Thule. I called Thule and they said that there shouldn't be a problem with them mounted backwards. I'd like to hear some independent opinions on how they hold up at seventy miles MPH with a stiff crosswind.
I'm vexed as how Pontiac can design a car that performs rather well, I think looks OK, but not have the foresight to determine how the rack accessories would work on it. If I'd known this would be an issue, I would have gotten a Matrix. Maybe that's why the Toyota doesn't come with the roof rack! Any input would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks, Bob
related questionbigrider
Mar 31, 2003 8:51 AM
I am looking at the Matrix and am wondering will the bike fit in the rear with the back seats down? Wheels on, front wheel off, or both wheels off.
related questionbikerbob
Mar 31, 2003 9:11 AM
I just tried. It will fit lying down, one wheel off. It will not fit onto a pair of road skewers inside the car, unless you have an extremely small frame, and or drop the seat.Thule does make a kit for the Matrix.

Vans and trucks bike racks!the bull
Mar 31, 2003 10:46 AM
I like the Hitch style racks the "swing away works best"
And you can pull it off in a couple of seconds when your not carring bikes -it just slides out the reese hitch.Also you dont have to worry about tring to get bikes on from the ground and hitting the bikes on drive tru roofs!!
re: Thule roof top bike rack and Pontiac Vibejaybird
Mar 31, 2003 12:29 PM
There is no reason whatsoever that you can't have your bikes facing the back of the car. In some applications that is required. I have Yakima 48" crossbars and the only way that I can fit 4 bikes on top with front wheels is to stagger them. I have driven from WI to Fl with bikes like that. Also, if you go to any races, you will see almost all of the team cars set up with bikes facing backwards.