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Old 02-24-2014, 02:38 AM   #11
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I have never thought much of the racks that go on the hatch..not nearly as secure as a roof or hitch rack.
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Old 02-24-2014, 07:57 AM   #12
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I had a Yakima KingJoe 2 on my former car (Nissan Maxima sedan) for a few years. It was awesome. Always felt very secure both in terms of the bikes onto the rack and the rack onto the car.

I would HIGHLY recommend going to http://www.etrailer.com/dept-pg-Trunk_Bike_Racks.aspx and reading the reviews and videos to find which one you want. Etrailer.com has video reviews on every rack along with pictures of every rack on multiple vehicles.

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Old 02-24-2014, 07:57 AM   #13
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However, with that being said, I put a receiver hitch on my FoFo and will be getting a platform style hitch mounted bike rack soon.
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However, with that being said, I put a receiver hitch on my FoFo and will be getting a platform style hitch mounted bike rack soon.
I will be doing the same, once spring arrives.

Hidden Hitch and Swagman XTC is the plan.
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Oh, was there any scratches or dings or anything on the hatch?

I don't really have any local bike shops around me that I know of. All are pretty far away, so I'm probably going to do it all myself. There is one that I know of, but they're pretty big uppity hippy DBags. Long story, basically they laughed at someone I knew who didn't have that much money but was looking for a good bike. They laughed and told him to go to Wal-Mart where "people like him belong".
Wow! That's almost unimaginable! DBags is right! There's way too much competition in the market that I live in for shoddy customer service like that.

As far as scratches go, it's never been a problem for me. On multiple different cars, sometimes leaving the rack on for months at a time and even letting dust get involved. Never a scratch or a scuff left behind by the feet.
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I think I may consider a hitch, but only if the price is right. It seems pretty expensive to get the hitch and the rack, especially considering I may have to buy a new bike I'd really like to not go over $200
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Old 02-24-2014, 01:13 PM   #17
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I think I may consider a hitch, but only if the price is right. It seems pretty expensive to get the hitch and the rack, especially considering I may have to buy a new bike I'd really like to not go over $200
You MIGHT be able to pull off a $200 hitch/rack combo if you found a good used hitch rack on Craigslist. It would be pretty tough to find a used hitch and it looks like new ones are $115-$135ish.

If you don't want to go that route, it is pretty straightforward. Get a quality (Yakima, Thule, Saris) trunk/hatch mounted rack. http://www.etrailer.com/trunkmount-2...chback,+5-Door

Read reviews, visit the manufacturer website if needed. Spend the difference on a new bike or upgrades to your current bike.

Any slight surface scratches that you might get from the bike rack coming in contact with your paint (usually padded feet of some sort) can easily be buffed out at any car detail shop. When I sold my old car, no one could tell I had a trunk-mounted bike rack on there.
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I use this bike rack
http://www.amazon.com/Swagman-Cross-...itch+bike+rack

with a curt hitch I got off e-trailer.com. I installed the hitch myself which was relatively simple but it helped that I had access to a lift. The combo was relatively inexpensive for a decent setup. The reason I went with a platform rack was because I didn't want to take the chance of the bike swaying into the hatch if I had to stop quickly.
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I never did think about the cross tubes though. 2 of the bikes I'd be carrying are girls bikes, usually dont have the level tubes.
For bikes without a level tube on the top, you can buy an adapter. I use the Yakima on a couple of my bikes:

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Yeah 2 of the bikes I will be carrying most are girls bike. My gf and my other friend. So I'm gonna grab probably 1 or 2 of those.

Im probably going to hold off on buying one right now, since there's still a good month or 2 before I can use it.

I think Im going to get a trunk one though. I just don't want to spend the extra money putting a hitch in.
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