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GuitarStv

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Need a bike rack for my car!
« on: October 14, 2014, 10:10:33 AM »
I need to be able to transport two or maybe three bikes.  Please school me on the options out there.

Does it make more sense to get a trailer hitch and rack, or one of those trunk mount type bike racks?  Anyone have recommendations, or things I should be looking for?  I'd like it to be easy to attach/remove and hold the bikes securely.

I have an '05 Corolla.

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Re: Need a bike rack for my car!
« Reply #1 on: October 14, 2014, 11:06:15 AM »
We have a 2010 corolla and bought this over the summer:

Allen Sports Deluxe 3-Bike Trunk Mount Rack

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00ASSQZKI/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o06_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

We have only used it like 4 or 5 times but it goes on/off easy, and seems to hold the bikes securely.  It's on sale for $39.11 right now with free shipping (I think we paid $60).

I would recommend it.



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Re: Need a bike rack for my car!
« Reply #2 on: October 14, 2014, 12:55:35 PM »
We have a 2010 corolla and bought this over the summer:

Allen Sports Deluxe 3-Bike Trunk Mount Rack

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00ASSQZKI/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o06_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

We have only used it like 4 or 5 times but it goes on/off easy, and seems to hold the bikes securely.  It's on sale for $39.11 right now with free shipping (I think we paid $60).

I would recommend it.

I got the 2-bike version of that for like $25 on sale at Amazon.  For the money, seems good.  I chose it because it is supposed to fit both our cars (3-bike version wouldn't).  But read the reviews, if you can, for your specific car.  For mine, some of them expressed concern about placement of supports on plastic bumpers that could crack over time. 

One thing I did was put duct tape on the metal hooks to hopefully reduce scratching. 

If you already have a hitch, I'd go with a hitch rack.

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Re: Need a bike rack for my car!
« Reply #3 on: October 14, 2014, 08:35:12 PM »
I have no idea about specific models, but just wanted to note that these things come on CL all the time at severe discounts. They often end up in the bike section is the only reason I know...

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Re: Need a bike rack for my car!
« Reply #4 on: October 14, 2014, 09:03:47 PM »
Hitch mount racks
Pros
Better gas mileage
Easy on / off of bikes and hitch
Can offer great access to trunk / hatch with the right tilt feature
Most brands offer from 1-4 bike mount options
Cons
Requires a hitch on your car
More expensive
Can catch road more salt than a roof rack if you use them in winter

Trunk mount racks
Pros
The least expensive
Better gas mileage than a roof rack
Good for apartment living / limited storage
Cons
Can scratch your car
Usually obstructs hatch / trunk / wiper
Not as easy to take on / off

Roof racks
Pros
Expandable to other items (skis, boats, more storage, etc)
Stays on the car without obstructing shit
Cons
MPG killer (most cars drop 10-15% or more, WITHOUT the bikes on)
Suck in crosswinds with bikes on
Can damage your garage / drive through / tunnel / bridge AND the bikes on your roof if you don't watch the height
Most expensive

My Take:
I love hitch mount racks. Get one if you transport bikes a lot like I do.
Install a 2" hitch even if your car can't tow 2" accessories. The 2" racks are sturdier, and 1-1/4" hitches can only handle 2 bikes.

Saris makes a quality, affordable rack.
1UPUSA makes the best one out there. Industrial-looking. It's modular and versatile and fits all sorts of bikes. 
Kuat is also nice. Pretty refined-looking, but a few pounds heavier than the very versatile and modular 1UPUSA design.

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Re: Need a bike rack for my car!
« Reply #5 on: October 15, 2014, 06:05:18 AM »
Thanks for the replies, I'll check these out!

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Re: Need a bike rack for my car!
« Reply #6 on: October 15, 2014, 08:59:23 AM »
My Take:
I love hitch mount racks. Get one if you transport bikes a lot like I do.
Install a 2" hitch even if your car can't tow 2" accessories. The 2" racks are sturdier, and 1-1/4" hitches can only handle 2 bikes.

I've installed trailer hitches on my last 3 cars (Civic, Elantra, Prius) and used a small trailer, bike rack, and cargo box with the hitches on them.  I am also a big fan of it because of that fact you can put lots of things besides a bike rack on it, or even pull a small trailer.  I would point out that the odds of being able to get a 2" hitch for a Corolla is slim to none.  Here's a list of 5 hitches for the 2005 Corolla.  All are 1 1/4".  This is common because they don't want people to try towing a "real" trailer with a compact car, and a 1 1/4" receiver helps keep expectations in line.

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Re: Need a bike rack for my car!
« Reply #7 on: October 16, 2014, 08:48:24 AM »
I just posted something similar and this is the final product. It was about $360 for the hitch and basket carrier. I really like the fact I can use the carrier for other purposes.

http://forum.mrmoneymustache.com/welcome-to-the-forum/bike-rack-question/msg424667/#msg424667

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Re: Need a bike rack for my car!
« Reply #8 on: October 23, 2014, 08:26:26 AM »
Found a antirattle device at Lowes for $3.97. It was called beam clamp or super strut PN# U-501/2 or Lowes PN# 45684. It works perfect as a antirattle device for a 1 1/4" hitch.

I had almost 2 1/2" deflection and now it's almost none.

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Re: Need a bike rack for my car!
« Reply #9 on: October 23, 2014, 11:52:22 AM »
Unless you expect to use other things on the hitch (luggage rack, trailer, etc), I'd just do a trunk mount one.

I have a hand-me-down rack I got for free but even my best MacGyver solutions can only get 4 bikes on it. Eventually we will need a hitch mount, or I'll do a combo of roof and hitch. Good to know about the receiver size.

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Re: Need a bike rack for my car!
« Reply #10 on: October 23, 2014, 01:38:36 PM »
4 bikes on a trunk mount...yikes!

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Re: Need a bike rack for my car!
« Reply #11 on: October 23, 2014, 04:13:12 PM »
I like the hitch mount ones. Trunk mounts in my experience are hard to keep adjusted. Also, it depends on where you want to transport the bike. I wouldn't take a trunk mount on the highway or put more than 2 bikes on it, of course, you may find a great trunk mount one. Mine was a piece of junk.