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    Carrying bikes on an old school vw bug

    Im currently in search of a really cherry pre-67 vw bug. plan to drive it pretty regularly and thus im going to need a way to carry my bike. Ill be carrying an all mountain rig, so im a bit concerned about the fortitude of the typical rack you can put on these cars (think surf rack). I dont want to dent the roof, screw up the rain gutters or lose the thing on the freeway altogether. Ive also heard that somehow, miraculously, you can mount a hitch on a bug but they dont appear to be the receiver type.

    anyone have experience carrying bikes on a bug? Help a Brotha out!

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    I carried bikes on my 67 using a 1A rain gutter Yakima rack without issues. It's been a while, but I think you need a riser kit to get the bars high enough to clear the round roof.
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    Try seasucker. I use mine on every car I had. I now use it on My Mini Cooper


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    Quote Originally Posted by cman8 View Post
    Try seasucker. I use mine on every car I had. I now use it on My Mini Cooper

    Now that's in interesting concept...although I gotta admit I'd be horrified to put that on a classic car (as unfounded as that may be).

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    Quote Originally Posted by J_Westy View Post
    I carried bikes on my 67 using a 1A rain gutter Yakima rack without issues. It's been a while, but I think you need a riser kit to get the bars high enough to clear the round roof.
    About how long did you run that setup? Two carriers? Im going to look into that thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by duderidesabike View Post
    About how long did you run that setup? Two carriers? Im going to look into that thanks.
    I ran that for a couple summers. It didn't tweak the rain gutters or anything.

    Also, hitches are really sketchy on bugs... I'd avoid that idea.
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    Yep, that's what I did on my vintage bugs too. And yes, you will need the tall towers .
    Quote Originally Posted by J_Westy View Post
    I carried bikes on my 67 using a 1A rain gutter Yakima rack without issues. It's been a while, but I think you need a riser kit to get the bars high enough to clear the round roof.

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    My dad always owned bugs when I was a kid. I used to carry my bike by placing the wheels in/on the back bumper and bungee cording it to the vent slits above the trunk. Did some LONG trips with it like that - I remember I would remove one pedal so it wouldn't scratch the car. Of course this was a stingray bike with 20" wheels, banana seat and monkey bars. Those were the good ol days!

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    Digging up this old-ish post... Regular Yakima towers can work on a VW Beetle, but they do get close to the roof. I had a Yakima rack I used on my '68. I had two bike trays and kayak saddles in the middle. No problems.

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