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Old 01-01-2017, 04:02 PM   #1
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Bike rack recommendations

I'm going to start riding again and due to Ford not having roof rails, I have to settle for a removable roof rack. My question for you guys is how have your experience been with them? Does it hurt the paint? And lastly, and good recommendations for a roof rack? Thanks in advance


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My bmx fits in the back of the car just fine but, my fat tire the front wheel needs to come off.

Im still thinking about getting a rack too. If the feet/clips touch the car just use some clear lamin-x to protect the paint. Thule and Yakima are good brands, GL.
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I had a hitch installed on the back for 2 adult bikes on the back. For the kids' bikes we use the Sea Sucker rack on the roof. The Sea Sucker works great but you have to make sure that the area under the suction cups is clean. I use a microfiber cloth and a waterless car wash spray to gently clean the area. Never had an issue with any marks.
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I'm an avid rider - road and mountain biking.
While they have their limitations, for my money, and for the features, a hitch rack is the only way to go. Lots of options and most allow you to leave the wheels on.
Even though my primary car is a wagon, and I've been known to keep a road and MTB inside for months at a time (both getting used frequently), I still want a hitch rack for those times where a friend, or friends, are going with me.

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I have been looking for racks for my hatchback focus for a bit and not once have I seen or heard about the seasucker. I saw they had a rear mounted one which I don't think would work with the spoiler but the roof one has got nothing but excellent reviews. And you don't need to measure where you put it. It's safe to say, I've found the rack I'm getting. Thanks ratherbesailing
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Glad to have helped. I'm not sure why the Seasucker is not more popular especially considering that it's super portable and you can easily use it on a friend's car or even a rental.
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I have been looking for racks for my hatchback focus for a bit and not once have I seen or heard about the seasucker. I saw they had a rear mounted one which I don't think would work with the spoiler but the roof one has got nothing but excellent reviews. And you don't need to measure where you put it. It's safe to say, I've found the rack I'm getting. Thanks ratherbesailing
+ Don't have to lift it on to the roof.

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Since I have an ST (which negates a hitch type solution), I went with Thule Aero Bars and put two bike racks on those (don't know the model number off hand but it's the type where you don't need to remove the wheel).
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I really didn't want to go with a roof rack that connects through the door jam. I know a lot of people who have had problems with it, I'm not saying everyone has issues though. The seasucker is what I've been looking for. It's got nothing but positive reviews and it's a oithalf the price as well which is an added plus
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If you get the right kit, there should be no issues with the roof rack and the door jambs. Mine fit snuggly and I have no issues closing the doors.

I take the rack off every winter or when I take the car to HPDE events, so it's only on in the summer when I'm biking.

Your mileage may vary.
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