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Anyone have a good recommendation for a bike rack to use on the B-15. I have a Thule rear mount - one of the ones that you mount on the trunk/rear bumper and tighten the straps to the towing hooks underneath the car - but I've never been fully comfortable with it as it leaves the bikes pedals very close to the bumper. A little shifting around and the pedals could scratch the bumper (this happened on my friend's Saturn). Anyone use any roof mounts without incident? I am most concerned about marring the finish of the car irreparably.

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nope.. not i...... i dont like to ride bikes


thats why i drive a b15!!!

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I got a tow hitch on the car, and about to get a hitch rack. I think its better then the trunk mount (no contact with the car's body), and better then the roof rack (you are bound to scratch the car with your bike when mounting on the roof). These are my reasons.
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I've sold Thule racks before (rear mount and roof) and most of my customers bought the rear mounts.

To this day, no one has complained about the rear mounted racks provided:

1. The rack used was designed for or is compatible with that car specifically and it fits right.

2. The salesperson shows you how to correctly install the rack
[you do know that you have to wipe down the areas of contact so that dirt isn't pushed into the paint to cause rust don't you?].

-> on late model rear mounts, there was a cross member that the 2 or 3 bikes are supposed to be bungied cord together on, but I usually show the customer how to tie the bike to the rack itself or to each other so that it won't swing into the car.

Ball or hitch mounts required that you have a trailer hitch installed. No offense but I've seen Preludes with this and it looks REAL cheesy. But a good point was made that the bikes are kept farther away from the car.

The worst case of damages that a customer wanted us to pay for was when he drove his $5000 CDN worth of bikes in an underground garage [Scarborough Town Center].

Poor little bikes.
Poor little roofrack.
Poor little BMW 328.

He shouldn't have been on his cell phone


Proof that having money isn't always accompanied by having brains !!



We obviously didn't pay for his mistake. Would you? Oh, yes, you already are. It's called car insurance!

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Hi,

Im an avid biker. I have a 2001 GXE with
lux pkg. As soon as the weather clears here
in Jersey, I will be puuting my Road Gear
bike rack on the rear.

I know your concerns about the pedals possibly scratching the bumper, but,
believe me, if you use the straps and
cords properly, it looks the wheels so
the pedals are totally secure!

Mike
 

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or you can always wrap the pedals that come close to the bumper with a cloth or something in that nature to also prevent it from scratching your paint up


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I already have a tow hitch. Its a drawtite. You can't see it unless you look under the bumper. What kind of demage did that BMW take? I imagine the bikes are a little hard to break, so something else has to give?
Sometimes I wish I had a pick-up.
 

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I have the roof mount Barrecrafters rack. It's the cheapest out of Thule and Yakima but it's the crappiest. If you just use the rack and take it off within a week and just make sure to clean off the contact area before each use, then you don't have to worry about the rack scratching your car. I have done 5 hour drives in my lowered Honda Accord with a really stiff ride on the crappy roads of Boston and the bikes and car were fine.

I heard that the Yakima racks were the best though. They have the best "feet" that won't scratch up your roof. The Thule ones are nice cuz they're very easy to put on and take off. The Barrecrafters mechanism is a little primitive and takes a little longer to get on and off the car. I dunno about the Yakimas cuz I've never used one but I've read reviews on them and they say that they are one of the best out there.
 

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I have used a trunk rack on my Maxima. I have clipless pedals, and I just put an old pair of socks on the pedals and throw a rubber band around the crank. It works great!



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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Artem:
...What kind of demage did that BMW take? I imagine the bikes are a little hard to break, so something else has to give?....<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

No the 2 "Crack'n'Fails" [Cannondales] were totalled.
Actually, Cannondales are in my opinion, very good and fairly resilient bikes.
I use to work in a bike store and that was the worst case of damage I've heard off. He should have bought a Ti framed bike.

His roof rack was also totalled. I don't recall the damage costs. I didn't see the damages either.

Plus he wasn't driving slow through the underground garage. I guess he was driving faster than he could think.

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