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Honda CRV Bike Hauler-Roof Race ? (Xpost from posts)

Honda CRV Bike Hauler-Roof Race ? (Xpost from
Dec 19, 2003 10:23 PM
My old bike hauler, a Honda Civic, was totalled about a month ago courtesy of someone broadsiding me (his fault, not mine--he got the ticket). I got 194,000 beautiful miles out of my Civic. After wanting a Honda CRV for a few years, it was a perfect excuse to go buy one. I got my new bike hauler today-a black 2004 4WD CRV. I went with the black b/c the dark grey interior won't get as dirty as a lighter color.

Does anyone use a roof rack on a CRV--a Yakima in particular? What do you think of it? Is it easy to get the bikes off and on (I'm only 5'3")? Is the rack somewhat easy to install?

I've only used roof racks and prefer them over hitch racks. I am more likely to back into something than take the bikes off of the roof rack pulling into a garage or fast food drive in.
re: Honda CRV Bike Hauler-Roof Race ? (Xpost from
Dec 19, 2003 10:36 PM
I have a 2003 CRV and use a Rhode Gear Shuttle inside the CRV. I can carry a couple of bikes and no worry about knocking them off on a low hanging something or exposure to the elements.
re: Honda CRV Bike Hauler-Roof Race ? (Xpost from
Dec 20, 2003 6:53 AM
Frank121...What kind of bikes are you carrying inside the CRV? Road or mtn.? Do you have to take any of the wheels off? Where are you mounting the Rhode Gear Shuttle?

Thank you...

re: Honda CRV Bike Hauler-Roof Race ? (Xpost from
Dec 20, 2003 9:22 AM
I am carrying road bikes. The Rhode Gear Shuttle is the higher tech version of the old "2x4 with bike skewers mounted on it", and it just lays inside the back of the CRV.

It is heavy enough, and has thick rubber on the bottom, that is doesn't slide around inside the vehicle (although I do hook the bikes with bunji cords to a couple of anchors that came built into the CRV).

I have to fold the seats down and remove the front wheel of the bike. The fork dropouts then attach to the skewers that are on the Rhode Gear.
re: Honda CRV Bike Hauler-Roof Race ? (Xpost from
Dec 20, 2003 5:11 PM
Thanks for the info. I may have to give it a try. My bike should fit no problem, but not sure about my husbands. We currently fold the seats down, rotate the handle bars (w/ front wheel off) and wedge the curved part of the bar between the folded seats.

re: Honda CRV Bike Hauler-Roof Race ?jtlmd
Dec 20, 2003 5:37 AM
I use a Thule rack. When I bought my CR-V in 2002 Yakima did not make a roofrack, or towers, to fit the CR-V. Do they make one now? The Thule works great. This is the third car that I've used these trays on.
re: Honda CRV Bike Hauler-Roof Race ?Sadlebred
Dec 20, 2003 6:12 AM
Yakima does make a rack now. I had a Yakima rack for about 6 years and really liked it; that's why I was probably going to go with a Yakima. I've found that overall, cost is similar between Saris, Yakima, and Thule.
Don't have a CRV, but I'm a car geek, so...shawndoggy
Dec 20, 2003 6:52 AM
if I recall correctly, the CRV has a two way tailgate, right? Part swings up, the other part swings (away or folds down... can't remember).

Anyway I'll bet that you could put a hitch rack on the CRV which would still allow you access to the back of the vehicle, at least the big part that swings up. It would mean installing a trailer hitch if you don't already have one. If you do already have one, it's a pretty inexpensive option too.

Benefits of the hitch rack: lower mounting position (would you, at 5'3" carry a stepladder to mount on the roof?), less aerodynamic drag while on the road, and you are less likely to accidentally drive into a parking garage or something like that. Yes there's some risk that you'll bash your bike while backing up, but most people watch where they are going while in reverse. Some folks say that the bikes get dirtier using a hitch rack. That has not been my experience on a Subaru WRX wagon. Others suggest that the bike is exposed to getting run into by the driver behind you. True again, but with the bikes on the roof, it's your brand new car they are going to hit, so is it a big difference?

Don't know how many bikes you are needing to carry, but something like this would work great for you, IMHO:
re: Honda CRV Bike Hauler-Roof Race ? (Xpost from
Dec 20, 2003 6:57 AM
The post suggesting they be carried inside is a good one, I have quite a few friends who do this. They own Liberty's, 4-Runner's, RAV4's, etc. It will work especially well since you are only 5'3", your bike and saddle should be short enough to clear the roof without adjustment. But, you can only carry one, maybe two bikes this way. If you have friends riding with you, plus all their MTB gear, you are back to the roof.

But, there is a catch to installing a roof rack on new CRV's. I am talking specifically about Yakima, but I don't see how Thule could be any different. On the CRV roof, there are four cut-outs that you will attach the rack to. Inside these cut-outs are plates with threaded holes that have been welded to the vehicle. After these have been welded the vehicle is painted. And of course there is going to be quite a bit of overspray on the threads. And car paint is pretty tough stuff. You will need find / borrow / buy a tap and tap those threads before you install the bolt that comes with the rack. Once you have it tapped, install should be a breeze.

Another option: spare tire rackK_Zero
Dec 20, 2003 10:32 AM
I have RAV4 and my spare tire rack works great. You can carry two bikes with it, and still have room in the back for all the equipment and/or third bike (positioned diagnally with back seats folded). Mine is made by Hollywood Racks, and its strap-on design makes it really easy to put it on/take it off. I believe Yakima makes one as well.

I would stay away from roof rack option if you're 5'3"

re: Honda CRV Bike Hauler-Roof Race ? (Xpost from
Dec 20, 2003 1:07 PM
Had a 2000 CRV with a Rocky Mounts roof rack(one side suitable for a tandem), and installed a 1 1/4 receiver hitch as well. It is a stretch to load the bikes on the roof. I always carried a toolbox to stand on because the tandem was a bear to get up and in the mounts. If I had to choose for a CRV today, I'd go with the inside option or more likely with one of the hitch mount types.
re: Honda CRV Bike Hauler-Roof Race ? (Xpost from
Dec 20, 2003 5:44 PM
I think you'll have a heck of a time getting bikes on the roof of a CRV, but if you want to go that route look hard at Rocky Mounts. They're generally a heap cheaper than Yaks or Thules. If nothing else, get RM gutters to go on the Y or T cross bars.

Personally I like to mix and match. I've got a Yakima on the roof for short drives, a 2x4 with BikeTights inside for road trips (take off front wheels and saddles to fit--but I've got a Cherokee not a CRV), and an easy on/off Thule rack that hangs from the tailgate with ratcheting straps for when I need to carry more bikes. :)
re: Honda CRV Bike Hauler-Roof Race ? (Xpost from
Dec 21, 2003 7:42 AM
This is the internal bike rack I use for my CR-V. Wouldn't carry a bike any other way. You have to fold up one of the rear seats and take the front wheel off, which takes all of about 30 seconds.