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Old 02-26-2014, 07:55 PM   #21
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I use this bike rack
http://www.amazon.com/Swagman-Cross-...itch+bike+rack

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.
I have the regular hitch mount
I bungee the first bike on pedal crank to the bike rack , it stops the bike from being able to swing forward
I also bungee the front wheel straight
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Old 02-26-2014, 09:10 PM   #22
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I got my rack here

http://www.orsracksdirect.com/

I didn't check if their prices are still competitive, but way back when I bought my hitch-mounted Yakima from them (2005 I think?), I got the rack, 1 1/4" adapter, locks, and two top tube adapters for less than the rack alone from the local bike shop. If you watch the site, they run sales and free shipping promos too.
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Old 02-27-2014, 09:43 PM   #23
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Thanks for the site, looks pretty thorough. At the very least, good research site.
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Old 03-05-2014, 01:12 PM   #24
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No bike rack needed. I load two road bikes with the front wheels off in the back of my ST. I made a bike holder for them. See link for image
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I used a trunk mounted bike rack on my Honda for years and after a while I had to stop caring about the paint and my bumper. I feel it's a guarantee to have far more potential issues of bike on car action than using a roof rack. Personally, with my 2013 Focus I am considering a roof rack despite the flaws only because it's the safest option for the paint in my experience. For all I know I had crappy racks. That or ride wherever it is I am planning to go to :D
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I use this Thule rear clip-on rack on my 2012 Ford Focus hatchback without any issues. The link shows the two bike version and I have the three bike version. I have carried my Trek carbon road and Trek full-suspension bikes without issue. Like the other posters have said, if there is an issue with the top tube, you can purchase one of those top tube adapters for your bikes if they don't fit properly. I would suggest purchasing an additional tie-down strap in addition to the one that comes with the rack. That way, the bikes are really secure and you don't have to worry about crosswinds that work the bike loose on lesser clip-on racks.

Here's the link: http://www.amazon.com/Thule-9001-Rac.../dp/B003UMBIRY
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When putting them on the hatch, where do bars hit? It looks like the back window and around the license plate area? Also, any problems with the spoiler coming lose, or do the clips not clip onto the spoiler?

Thanks for all the tips guys! I'm definitely going with a trunk mount. I thought about putting them inside, but chances are they'll be pretty muddy. Plus, not all the bikes have an easy to remove front tire.
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Clever.

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... I made a bike holder for them. See link for image
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?f...7&l=8ae680155a
That is cool!
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When putting them on the hatch, where do bars hit? It looks like the back window and around the license plate area? Also, any problems with the spoiler coming lose, or do the clips not clip onto the spoiler?

Thanks for all the tips guys! I'm definitely going with a trunk mount. I thought about putting them inside, but chances are they'll be pretty muddy. Plus, not all the bikes have an easy to remove front tire.
With my Thule, the rubberized covered bars contact the rear window and the bottom of the license plate with the top of the bumper. With the hatch, Thule reminds you NOT TO USE your rear wiper blade with the rack on. You will damage the rear wiper if a clip-on rack is used. Also, the clips do attach on the lip of the spoiler and the hatch. At first I thought the spoiler couldn't hold the weight of three bikes but I believe the two top clips are actually grabbing onto the frame of the hatch and not just the spoiler. Once I had the Thule installed, I used my own weight to determine the Thule is solidly attached. Now, I don't worry about it anymore. I have taken my bikes from the San Francisco Bay Area to Tahoe last summer without any issues. And this Thule has a built-in lock for the rack to the car and another for the bikes to add additional security and piece of mind for me.

I have had a Thule roof rack in the past for a wagon and SUV. It was a hassle for the SUV where I almost felt I needed a step ladder to load my mountain bikes up on top. Like others will tell you, once you load several bikes on top with a roof rack, expect a sizable drop in gas mileage and increased noise. I don't see much, if any, drop in gas mileage nor do I hear additional noise with my Thule clip-on rack. An added bonus is the ease of loading the bikes onto the clip-on rack let alone the mud is not on top or in the vehicle with the mountain bikes.
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I used a trunk mounted bike rack on my Honda for years and after a while I had to stop caring about the paint and my bumper. I feel it's a guarantee to have far more potential issues of bike on car action than using a roof rack. Personally, with my 2013 Focus I am considering a roof rack despite the flaws only because it's the safest option for the paint in my experience. For all I know I had crappy racks. That or ride wherever it is I am planning to go to :D
Regarding the issue with paint using a clip-on rack. The Thule rep that worked with me selecting the correct rack for me suggested that before each use, make sure to have the contact points clean and apply a wax coating. This way, the dirt that is on the paint won't be there to damage the paint when using the clip-on rack. I have been doing this for a year now without any issues to my paint.
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