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    Bike hit by rocks thrown by car?

    Hey everyone. Fairly new to the forum. I have recently noticed that my rack choice is not ideal for my bike. The rack positions my front wheel directly behind my rear tire no matter which side I position my bike on the rack. It has dinged the hell out of my front wheel. I was curious if anyone has expererienced this, and if you had a fix. I want to get a roof rack, but those damn things are expensive, even used. (I'm a broke college student). I really don't want to damage my bike any more, but can't afford a roof rack, at least for now.
    Please let me know of any ideas you may have. OR if you have a roof rack for sale that you wouldn't mind helping out a poor college soul haha.

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    What about a "Mud flap" like they use on trucks/rally cars...!?

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    Re: Bike hit by rocks thrown by car?

    nice bike (and bike collection) for a broke college student. looks to me like you have a hitch, so try a platform rack. otherwise show others how broke you are and cover the front wheel with a towel or tarp to block the flying debris

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    oh,my god,its not good

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    Re: Bike hit by rocks thrown by car?

    Mudflap.

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    Take your front wheel off.

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    A drop hitch extension turned upside down will get the rack further up. That's what I did.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rustybkr View Post
    Mudflap.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe_Re View Post
    Take your front wheel off.
    Quote Originally Posted by rustybkr View Post
    Mudflap.
    Quote Originally Posted by kntr View Post
    A drop hitch extension turned upside down will get the rack further up. That's what I did.
    Three solutions on one thread!

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    I guess I should have specified that I was trying to avoid taking the front wheel off, and that the mudflaps they make for that mazda only hang about 2 inches. I don't believe that's far enough down to deflect any rocks.I had also looked into a platform rack, and it seems to get a decent one of those, I might as well get a roof rack. Those decent platform racks cost just under what a roof rack does. I really like the idea of the drop hitch extension turned upside down. I hadn't thought of that. I think that should do the trick

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    Mudflaps ala Subaru WRX/STi rally style.

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    geez for a college student you're dumb. lemme guess, engineer? LOL

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    I can 100% verify that these are kickass mudflaps. Not only will they protect your bike, they will make ladies want to bang you on a regular basis. And these hang down/stick out to the side plenty far. They are low enough that if you back them into a curb they will rip off- but the two times I've done that, RallyArmor sold me a spare, with hardware, for cheap. And if you're not a dumbass, you won't back over them.

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    Wasn't trying to sound dumb. I just ASSUMED that I didn't need to post obvious solutions. To those who were actually trying to help, thank you. I am going to look into the hitch extension, and possibly the mud flaps.

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    WELL, I was looking into the rally armor mud flaps, but found that someone had a yakima rack with a fairing and 2 copperhead bike mounts. For a great price too. So...all is well and the hitch and rack are going to be sold. Now I just need to mount the rack and test it out.

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