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Ever used a Saris "Bones" trunk rack???(6 posts)

Ever used a Saris "Bones" trunk rack???hycobob
Apr 27, 2003 7:18 AM
We got a Saturn L200 a few months ago after being a 2 truck family for a long time. Now I can't switch out vehicles as easy. The bike racks I have are P/U bed type...this presents a problem. We're going to Daytona Florida in June and want to take my road bike. I've seen a Saris "Bones" 3-bike trunk rack for $69.99 (refurbished). This seems like a good deal, but only if its worth buying in the first place. Anyone know if it will slip, scratch, or pads dryrot? How about ease of installation? Is it OK to use with the MTB nonstandard frame adapters?
re: Ever used a Saris "Bones" trunk rack???Eug
Apr 27, 2003 8:57 AM
I've used it with my MTB and it's great for 2 bikes (x 25 lbs each). I've done 3 bikes before, but I dunno if I'd want to go for long distances with the weight of 3 bikes. Even when the straps are very tight, it can shift slightly with that kind of weight with bumpy roads.
Thanks, but its discontinued at that price...oh well nmhycobob
Apr 27, 2003 10:34 AM
Best of the strap-on racks.Spoke Wrench
Apr 27, 2003 11:24 AM
I think that the Saris Bones is by far the best of the strap-on racks, but that's not very strong praise. If you use it once a week for a year, ANY strap-on rack will betray where the feet set on your trunk lid.
re: Ever used a Saris "Bones" trunk rack???BrianNYC
Apr 28, 2003 5:28 AM
I have the three bike version, and think it is great. No problems with either the bikes or the car (Grand Cherokee), I can even open the hatch with it still attached which is very convenient.
re: I have the 2-bike version...SuperGnome
Apr 28, 2003 8:18 AM
I really like it. Once you get used to the octopus of straps, setup goes by easily. Once you get it all sinched up, you'll probably want to check it a little ways down the road and tighten it up, but then it should be fine.

I did have some issues with the paint getting scratched where the pad sits on the trunk, but the first time it happened was when I'd failed to clean the pad off before mounting the rack. BIG mistake. Otherwise, if the trunk and pad are clean, I doubt you'll have any issues. I haven't had any scratches from the mountings hooks at all.

One thing you might want to remember is that you can't really lock the rack to the vehicle. The best you can do is lock the bike to the rack and hope nobody steals the whole thing. The straps would have to be cut in most cases for the entire rack to be removed.

As far as non-standard frames, I just got my fiance' a bike and she wanted the women's. *8( So I chipped in an extra $30 for that bar thingy, and it held the bike great. As the dude at the bike shop said, make sure you have the C-clamps snapped shut.

It's a good idea to have 2 or 3 short bungee cords for the rack as well, since the front wheels aren't held down by anything, and sort of flop around.

My MTB sits in the rack with no worries, but my roadie's cables rout under the top tube, and would rub on the frame if I didn't put something in there (like napkins). Dunno if that'd be an issue, but I don't want to find out really.

I'm not trying to be negative at all, since I LOVE this rack, but I wanted to point out a couple things and answer your questions. You might want to check out the Reviews section on this page, and maybe on www.MTBR.com as well.

Gnome