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Old 04-25-2012, 02:43 PM   #1
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In regards to a bike rack:

Roof rack or hitch install?


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Do a search first you'll get an answer. But in regards, it's all up to personal taste and what functions you'll need it for. I.e. will a roof or hitch satisfy and meet your needs. I have a write up on here on my Thule AeroBlades roof rack install. Search it ;-) I love the roof rack, usability, look, durability, etc; But everyone has their own opinion so you won't really get an answer. What do you want?

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Are there roof racks for a first gen foci sedan? I see them for hatch's and wagons, but no sedan... :(
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Old 04-25-2012, 03:12 PM   #4
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I'll probably go with a hitch for a couple reasons: you can remove it completely and when installed with a bike attached it will be far less drag than a roof unit meaning better mpg.


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Do a search first you'll get an answer. But in regards, it's all up to personal taste and what functions you'll need it for. I.e. will a roof or hitch satisfy and meet your needs. I have a write up on here on my Thule AeroBlades roof rack install. Search it ;-) I love the roof rack, usability, look, durability, etc; But everyone has their own opinion so you won't really get an answer. What do you want?

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I don't know what I want because I've never had either lol.
In the past, on a crappy car, I used a cheap bike rack that straps on and it scratched the crap out of my trunk. Plus, I'm looking for something more secure.
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I'll probably go with a hitch for a couple reasons: you can remove it completely and when installed with a bike attached it will be far less drag than a roof unit meaning better mpg.


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I'll probably go with a hitch for a couple reasons: you can remove it completely and when installed with a bike attached it will be far less drag than a roof unit meaning better mpg.


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Again it all depends. I can take mine off in 5 mins, pit it up in 10. I hardly see a drop in mpg (but thats my experence nothing like 2-3 mpg). You'll get drag either way with a roof or hitch mount.



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Again it all depends. I can take mine off in 5 mins, pit it up in 10. I hardly see a drop in mpg (but thats my experence nothing like 2-3 mpg). You'll get drag either way with a roof or hitch mount.



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Yes you will increase drag either way but in the hitch location you are in the low pressure wake area that will result in very little increase in total drag. On the roof, however, the bike AND rack are completely exposed to the wind -- much greater drag increase. Of course, the total drag may not be all that much greater but the relative drag on the roof will be much higher than the hitch.

On top of that it is going to be easier to load and unload at hitch height than it is at roof height and the risk to your paint should be less as well.


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And, if you ever inadvertently go into a parking garage, you'll be happier with the hitch!
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And, if you ever inadvertently go into a parking garage, you'll be happier with the hitch!
Unless you back in and go too far!


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