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    Best bike rack for a hatchback?

    anyone got suggestions?
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    Depends on the car. My Audi isn't friendly when it comes to rear racks like a Saris Bones though it will work in a pinch. You should look at the fit each manufacturer lists.

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    I use a Thule Speedway 2-way on my hatchback. So far so good, haven't done any long trips with it.

    If I had the money and did a lot of bike trips I would get the Thule "hitch" type bike carriers.

    Check out the Thule website...

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    Hitch rack with platform. Nothing better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tv264@aol.com
    Hitch rack with platform. Nothing better.
    +1

    It's pricey, but it's really the best way to do it.

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    Saris Bones RS

    I use the Saris Bones RS. It's quite different than the regular Saris Bones and works nicely on my Audi A3 and has multiple settings that I can use it on many other cars and holds 3 bikes. Saris.com has a vehicle rack selector that you can load in your car and it will provide you with some options.
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    I'm using an older Saris Bones on my older Honda hatchback, works fine.

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    You are going to purchase a bike based on a the model of your car? Maybe you should take up jogging.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GetReal
    You are going to purchase a bike based on a the model of your car? Maybe you should take up jogging.
    Reading comprehension is not one of your strong suits, is it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vee
    +1

    It's pricey, but it's really the best way to do it.
    Goddamn right, Bob.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vee
    Reading comprehension is not one of your strong suits, is it?

    Ok, you got me on that one!

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    Alright, I'll go check 'em out.

    FYI it's a Golf TDI... I'm laughing that gas mileage to the bank right now...
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    I've really loved the GTI, which is a Golf, isn't it? Problem is it is too damn slow for my tastes

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    GTI not equal to Golf TDI

    Same body... different spirit. And the the GTI is pretty fast for 200 ponies. I got the turbodiesel that gets ~36 combined mpgs right now and I'm not even trying.

    Sure it's not the MadzaSpeed3 I wanted, and it was a bit more expensive, but in the long run... that's more money for bikes!
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    I have a Thule roof rack and I love it. I can fit 4 to 5 bikes on my roof. I think any roof rack vs a hatch rack is the way to go.

    With that said I personally feel the advantage to a roof rack is that the bikes and the rack are out of the way of my trunk.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CleavesF
    Sure it's not the MadzaSpeed3 I wanted, and it was a bit more expensive, but in the long run... that's more money for bikes!
    Gonna be less money for bikes once it starts breaking every other week

    I have a sportrack, I think it was about 150 bucks.. I use it for my combined ~70lbs of mountain bikes as well, and its been flawless. I dont know if i could justify 300-400 for the thule or yakima versions.

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    I was just on the phone with saris to order a new set of straps for my bones yesterday for my new hatchback. There is a 15 dollar set of straps called "hatch hugger" Go to their website and check YOUR make and model. They do NOT recommend a 3 bike rack for the hatchbacks, at least mine due to the weight against the glass.
    Of course I'm sure...that doesn't mean I'm right......

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    Saris is an incredible company. Instead of re-designing a new rack to fit a new car they sell a 15 dollar strap upgrade to adapt it. The racks have a lifetime guarantee. I found the feet were scratching my paint on an old car so i called them and they sent me new feet (btw, the feet are easily removable and dishwasher safe!) Granted, you are clamping by frame tubes, but I generally use a foam pipe insulation around the tube to protect them
    Of course I'm sure...that doesn't mean I'm right......

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    Look and see if you can get a hitch. I have thule T2 on my mazdaspeed3. I had a roof rack on my last car and hated it. Always have to remove the front wheel, noise, a little less mpg's, and its always on the car. With the T2 i can take it on and off in a couple of min.

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    Put a class I hitch on your car and buy a 1upusa Quick-Rack. I've used mine everyday - 5 days a week at least - for five years straight and it is perhaps the best single purchase I've ever made, like in my life. Backed it into trees a couple of times and just banged the parts back into place. It is just a superior product. So easy to use, super well-made, just awesome.

    http://www.mtbr.com/cat/accessories/...196_98crx.aspx

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    Quote Originally Posted by LubbersLine View Post
    I have a Thule roof rack and I love it. I can fit 4 to 5 bikes on my roof. I think any roof rack vs a hatch rack is the way to go.

    With that said I personally feel the advantage to a roof rack is that the bikes and the rack are out of the way of my trunk.
    Ok, sorry for revisiting this thread but I have completely changed my opinion about a roof rack vs a hitch rack. Why? I had my 2nd minor mishap last week that could have been major. I had my Trek Madone on my roof and went to a fast food drive thru. This is the 2nd time I've done this. Yes, if you're going to call me a goob for forgetting I admit. Its a mistake that I will not make again. Why? I've just purchased a hitch platform rack. This will eliminate me forgetting and going under a low roof.

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