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    How to NOT drive into your garage with bikes on the roof?

    Long time bike rider. First time garage owner... Those of you with garages and roof racks, how do you remind yourself to not pull into the garage with bikes on the roof? So many people I know have done it.

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    Uh Oh!

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    It's one thing when you trash your bike...

    It's another thing when you add two friends bikes.
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    Install a mirror above your garage door? Never had this issue, but just an idea.

    Could also install an IR alarm that's only tripped when something is on your roof.

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    Have an aerial on front of vehicle that extends to height of a mounted bike... Then you'll have a visual reminder ^^

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    My brother puts a traffic cone out when he grabs his bikes. Have to remember to put the traffic cone out but seems to work for him.

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    Hitch rack!

    With all the Bluetooth etc. tech these days they should make a device you put on your bike that's on the rack that will sound an alarm when something at its height is approaching.
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    The answer is hitch rack. I came mighty close a few times when I used a roof rack.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ryguy79 View Post
    The answer is hitch rack. I came mighty close a few times when I used a roof rack.
    Someday.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jwind View Post
    Someday.
    Maybe consider used? I got a new looking Thule T2 for $150. Luckily my car already had a hitch on it.

    Its so nice to just drive in and leave the bike, especially when I'm tired. Or put the bike on the rack the night before when I've got an early ride planned the next day.

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    *When I remember*, I put the garage remote in the back of my car/out of reach anytime I load the bikes up.

    Has to be this idiot-proof for me in order to break my momentum from the highway to my shower/bed as I tend to arrive home late and ready to start recovery anytime there are bikes up there!

    Doesn't apply for those of you with the fancy cars with built-in remotes. Maybe use velcro on the button and put a pom-pom, thumb tack, or other tactile reminder when bikes are loaded?

    Good luck!
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    Quote Originally Posted by JPaul View Post
    *When I remember*, I put the garage remote in the back of my car/out of reach anytime I load the bikes up.

    Has to be this idiot-proof for me in order to break my momentum from the highway to my shower/bed as I tend to arrive home late and ready to start recovery anytime there are bikes up there!

    Doesn't apply for those of you with the fancy cars with built-in remotes. Maybe use velcro on the button and put a pom-pom, thumb tack, or other tactile reminder when bikes are loaded?

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    Best answer ^^^
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    I passionately remove rocks and corners and other stuff I find too hard to ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JPaul View Post
    *When I remember*, I put the garage remote in the back of my car/out of reach anytime I load the bikes up.

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    ^^^^^^^^^^^This. It's a habit - I toss the clicker under the seat or in the armrest. I purposefully haven't activated the Homelink for this reason.

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    Quote Originally Posted by formica View Post
    ^^^^^^^^^^^This. It's a habit - I toss the clicker under the seat or in the armrest. I purposefully haven't activated the Homelink for this reason.
    I beat ya to it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nvphatty View Post
    aren't you grand
    You've finally had an epiphany.
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    I passionately remove rocks and corners and other stuff I find too hard to ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cleared2land View Post
    It's one thing when you trash your bike...

    It's another thing when you add two friends bikes.
    ...and a car.
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    Hitch rack has never let me down. I also park outside, so that helps too. I do like the idea of the traffic cone and moving the opener to the back seat.
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    The garage open ideas are good but what about when you are somewhere else that has a lower point that you may hit? That's why I like the idea of some sort of beeping mechanism.
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    That's more than Catfish would do.

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    Get a proper hitch rack
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    I know someone who made a big red tag he hangs from his rear view mirror. The tag says, "Toys on Top!"
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    Quote Originally Posted by Camaleon View Post
    Get a proper hitch rack
    Then you have to worry about backing into something or being rear ended.

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    Hang one of these from your rear-view mirror?



    Of course I am jealous you can park a car in the garage. Between the kids crap, work bench, and bikes, there is no room for the truck.
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    Let's not derail this thread with a hitch vs roof rack debate . I don't have one right now and have a pretty nice set of roof racks and my car + hitch would not fit in the garage anyhow.

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    Block the entrance

    After you've backed your car out of the garage, place something in the way so that you've physically blocked your entrance when you return. Even if you've forgotten that the bikes are on top you will have to get out of your car to move the object. I use my floor pump.

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    good luck. buddy ran our bikes into an overhang at the state park... it even had the height limit painted right on it as a warning. ripped the rack and bikes right off the top. my bike was fine somehow. he's been using a roof rack for about a decade...

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    Quote Originally Posted by d365 View Post
    good luck. buddy ran our bikes into an overhang at the state park... it even had the height limit painted right on it as a warning. ripped the rack and bikes right off the top. my bike was fine somehow. he's been using a roof rack for about a decade...
    Exactly my point on the need for a warning mechanism. Your home garage may not the only place you will encounter a problem.
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    Here's my idea: make a prop of your bike(s) you are going to ride the next day. Make it out of balsa wood, or something easily rebuildable. The day before, drive exactly the route you will drive on your way to the ride and back. Go to the Jack-In-The-Box, drive through the ranger kiosk, drive into your garage. Whenever you hit something, the balsa wood bike will crumple, but it's fixable.

    Now, make notes of all the dangers, and do some kind of fancy thing on your phone that will alert you to the trouble spots the next day when you're going to and from your ride. You'll be ready for all those forgotten overhanging obstacles.

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    Hey Finch, that pos rep I gave you the other day, can I have it back?
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    I passionately remove rocks and corners and other stuff I find too hard to ride.

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    How about just plain remember. It's not that hard. I used a roof rack for years and never had a problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mountain Cycle Shawn View Post
    How about just plain remember. It's not that hard. I used a roof rack for years and never had a problem.
    I'm sure those who have f'd up thought the same thing.

    Do you have sonar or a backup cam on any of your cars?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trevor Ochmonek View Post
    I'm sure those who have f'd up thought the same thing.

    Do you have sonar or a backup cam on any of your cars?
    Not in the ones I used a roof rack on.

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    You load at home.
    Put a board in front of the door so you have to get out to move it.
    Unload for sure, then get back in and pull into the garage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
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    Are you reneging!?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeDee View Post
    Then you have to worry about backing into something or being rear ended.
    Exactly. Hitch racks have their own dangers and disadvantages.

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    I never thought about this until now, and after seeing the stories about worrying not just about the garage, but anywhere you might be...

    How about tying a string, maybe red or neon, from the front of the rack to your front bumper? It won't block your vision, but you will see it as a reminder that is in front of you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by thegweed View Post
    I never thought about this until now, and after seeing the stories about worrying not just about the garage, but anywhere you might be...

    How about tying a string, maybe red or neon, from the front of the rack to your front bumper? It won't block your vision, but you will see it as a reminder that is in front of you.
    Total stoner talk
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    Quote Originally Posted by Finch Platte View Post
    Are you reneging!?

    Damn reneger.
    And a phony.

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    I passionately remove rocks and corners and other stuff I find too hard to ride.

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    You put cars in your garage? Our garage is full of bikes and gardening tools
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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclelicious View Post
    You put cars in your garage? Our garage is full of bikes and gardening tools
    Your garage is too small.

    2 cars, 6 bikes, kid trailer, mower, yard tools, workbench, bike stand, grill, air compressor, etc etc etc. All fits in mine.

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    I never understood this. People fill their garages with junk they never use, while one of their biggest investments in life sit outside.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zrm View Post
    Exactly. Hitch racks have their own dangers and disadvantages.
    Well, that one, but if you really get rear-ended that frequently, you got much bigger issues.
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    So when I had roof racks and a garage, because I would have to move the vehicle out of the garage, when I was loading the bikes, I'd put a chair or a saw-horse or something to remind me when reversing I couldn't pull into the garage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclelicious View Post
    You put cars in your garage? Our garage is full of bikes and gardening tools
    Haha!! Good one. Yes. Some people use garages to hold vehicles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclelicious View Post
    You put cars in your garage? Our garage is full of bikes and gardening tools
    Yeah I was just thinking that, y'all need more bikes/tools/junk/treasures if you can fit your car in your garage!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by thegweed View Post
    I never thought about this until now, and after seeing the stories about worrying not just about the garage, but anywhere you might be...

    How about tying a string, maybe red or neon, from the front of the rack to your front bumper? It won't block your vision, but you will see it as a reminder that is in front of you.
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    Total stoner talk
    Why is it stoner talk? I've seen plenty of people with canoes and such on their roof and a rope going to the front and back of the car.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mountain Cycle Shawn View Post
    I never understood this. People fill their garages with junk they never use, while one of their biggest investments in life sit outside.
    They're made to be outside, they're cars!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclelicious View Post
    You put cars in your garage? Our garage is full of bikes and gardening tools
    What's a garage?
    At least you got a nice boat out of the deal.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Finch Platte View Post
    What's a garage?
    A place to store your bikes and gardening tools
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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclelicious View Post
    You put cars in your garage? Our garage is full of bikes and gardening tools
    Quote Originally Posted by ryguy79 View Post
    Your garage is too small.

    2 cars, 6 bikes, kid trailer, mower, yard tools, workbench, bike stand, grill, air compressor, etc etc etc. All fits in mine.
    Quote Originally Posted by Mountain Cycle Shawn View Post
    I never understood this. People fill their garages with junk they never use, while one of their biggest investments in life sit outside.
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    So when I had roof racks and a garage, because I would have to move the vehicle out of the garage, when I was loading the bikes, I'd put a chair or a saw-horse or something to remind me when reversing I couldn't pull into the garage.
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    Haha!! Good one. Yes. Some people use garages to hold vehicles.
    Quote Originally Posted by David R View Post
    Yeah I was just thinking that, y'all need more bikes/tools/junk/treasures if you can fit your car in your garage!!
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    They're made to be outside, they're cars!
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    A place to store your bikes and gardening tools
    Now that we've come full circle whats the solution to the original problem again?
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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    Now that we've come full circle whats the solution to the original problem again?
    See post #50
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    I can't own a roof rack. It is absolutely not an option. It's not a matter of if but when the bikes will get destroyed. Guaranteed.

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    Unbelievable 3 pages and no one gave the right answer just get a 10ft door. Problem solved.

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    Take up sewing and give up bikes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pulser View Post
    Unbelievable 3 pages and no one gave the right answer just get a 10ft door. Problem solved.
    A 10' door into an 8' tall opening is still an 8' tall opening.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    A 10' door into an 8' tall opening is still an 8' tall opening.
    What ever thats what the sawzall was invented for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mountain Cycle Shawn View Post
    How about just plain remember. It's not that hard. I used a roof rack for years and never had a problem.
    It can be if you've had a few concussions. Concussions can do that to you. Makes it hard to remember things. I can't remember what I was saying, I blame it on the concussions. It's hard to remember things after a few concussions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aerius View Post
    It can be if you've had a few concussions. Concussions can do that to you. Makes it hard to remember things. I can't remember what I was saying, I blame it on the concussions. It's hard to remember things after a few concussions.
    What did you say?
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    This thread just reminded me to be careful. I just put beefier tires on my truck. With the tires prior to these the bike cleared the garage door by about an inch mounted in the bed standing up. With these new truck tires it may not clear it, I haven't had time to check it out yet.
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    I guess there are some positives to throwing your bike in the back seat of your car : ) Hitch rack coming though.
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    Race car, quad, tons of tools , more tools , 4 adult bikes, 2 kids bikes, bicycle trailer and my my garage is packed. I think I would do a traffic cone from the local hardware store. After you pull out to load, put the cone at the enterence of the garage.

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    Roof racks can be a pain in the ass. As others have said, not only at home, but when on vacation or in unfamiliar areas. I have hit the bikes in our roof rack on 3-4 occasions over a ten year time frame, luckily with no real damage to the bikes. From awnings / carport covers at drive up food joints to hotels with just low enough garage underpasses. I like to think I'm pretty cognizant of the fact they're there, as the many times I or my wife have remembered and gotten out and eyeballed the clearance (that in itself gets to be a PITA). But damned if it doesn't happen! We now have a hitch mount rack, but do still have the roof rack which I wont use unless absolutely necessary.

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    remove said garage.

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    watch this video before every ride....

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xzkWTcDZFH0

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    seriously though...there may be something to a kickstarter for a sensing device that you place on the highest point of your vehicle, and it alerts you via alarm in car (or on phone) if you're about to run into something low. probably more practical for trucks (particularly of the rental moving truck, or rental RV variety)....but could be used for bikes/kayaks...etc as well.

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    That's easy, don't make it possible to park inside the garage. Fill it to the hilt with unneeded and unwanted crap. Put the In-laws junk in there, put the mean neighbor's junk in there, too.

    Another option is to seal the door and turn the garage into a living quarter. You can collect rent in cash and not report it to the IRS. That's like free upgrade money for your bikes!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ryguy79 View Post
    The answer is hitch rack. I came mighty close a few times when I used a roof rack.
    I'd rather take the EXTREMELY low odds of me driving into the garage with bikes on the roof than the extremely high odds of getting rear-ended while using a hitch rack.

    The garage is fully in my control. Being rear-ended is almost completely out of my control. Additionally, if you are rear-ended while using a hitch rack, there is a good chance the driver who hit you will not be liable -- unlike any other rear end collision.

    I've been rear ended twice in the last 18 months. Fortunately, my bike wasn't on the back of the car.

    To answer the OP's question, there used to be a device you could buy and attach to your windshield or hood that flipped up any time the car was moving slowly. It popped up a sign that said "CAUTION! BIKE ON ROOF!" or something like that.

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    it boggles my mind that people have garages and don't park their cars in them. in my mind, that is the sole purpose of a garage- it's where your car lives. if you have too much crap in your garage to park at least one car, you need a bigger garage or you need to purge some of that crap, or put it someplace else. if I left my car outside, the grackle poop and Texas sunshine would be murder on it.

    yeah, hitch rack. they are expensive but worth it. I installed a 1 1/4" hitch on my Honda Fit a few months ago. the hitch itself was about $100 and it took me an hour. (would have been much faster if I had a helper though.) if you are remotely mechanical, don't pay someone a ton of money to drill a hole and bolt a hitch to your car, that's silly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KevinGT View Post
    I'd rather take the EXTREMELY low odds of me driving into the garage with bikes on the roof than the extremely high odds of getting rear-ended while using a hitch rack.

    The garage is fully in my control. Being rear-ended is almost completely out of my control. Additionally, if you are rear-ended while using a hitch rack, there is a good chance the driver who hit you will not be liable -- unlike any other rear end collision.

    I've been rear ended twice in the last 18 months. Fortunately, my bike wasn't on the back of the car.

    To answer the OP's question, there used to be a device you could buy and attach to your windshield or hood that flipped up any time the car was moving slowly. It popped up a sign that said "CAUTION! BIKE ON ROOF!" or something like that.
    I've been rear ended once in 21 years. I'll take those odds for the convenience.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ryguy79 View Post
    I've been rear ended once in 21 years. I'll take those odds for the convenience.
    that, and, chances are, you will be able to get reimbursed for repairing or replacing your bike if someone rear-ends your car and damages your bikes. if YOU drive your car into a solid object, you will have far less luck in that regard. in my years of working in bike shops, I have witnessed at least a dozen such accidents, and I can't think of a single rear-ending, but my knowledge is purely anecdotal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nomit View Post
    watch this video before every ride....

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xzkWTcDZFH0
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    A mobile crane hit a foot-bridge over the main road in a village near me a few years ago and took down the centre span! I found this picture of the temporary walkway they put up. Since then they have replaced the entire bridge.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nomit View Post
    watch this video before every ride....

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xzkWTcDZFH0
    you would think that, at some point, someone would be made aware of the stats on how many times vehicles smash into that thing and find a way to create another foot of clearance under that bridge. is there a standard clearance that most drivers are expecting? that's like making a doorway that is 6" shorter than the standard and then blaming tall people for running onto it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mack_turtle View Post
    you would think that, at some point, someone would be made aware of the stats on how many times vehicles smash into that thing and find a way to create another foot of clearance under that bridge.
    If it's a railway bridge it's not that simple and in reality you would want more than an extra foot. What they sometimes do here in the UK is hang a board over the road on the approach to the bridge at the same hight as the bridge so that you hit it as a warning to stop.

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    lower the road under the bridge? sounds like a nightmare for drainage, but obviously something should be done. that bridge-height warning flappy sign would be cheap and easy to install, but... bureaucracy.
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    Fill the garage with bikes, junk and lawn care stuff. No room for the car, easy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KevinGT View Post
    I'd rather take the EXTREMELY low odds of me driving into the garage with bikes on the roof than the extremely high odds of getting rear-ended while using a hitch rack.

    The garage is fully in my control. Being rear-ended is almost completely out of my control. Additionally, if you are rear-ended while using a hitch rack, there is a good chance the driver who hit you will not be liable -- unlike any other rear end collision.

    I've been rear ended twice in the last 18 months. Fortunately, my bike wasn't on the back of the car.

    To answer the OP's question, there used to be a device you could buy and attach to your windshield or hood that flipped up any time the car was moving slowly. It popped up a sign that said "CAUTION! BIKE ON ROOF!" or something like that.
    I agree here. I've seen what happened when a car with two expensive bikes on the back gets hit. $18,000 worth of bikes totally smashed!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mountain Cycle Shawn View Post
    I agree here. I've seen what happened when a car with two expensive bikes on the back gets hit. $18,000 worth of bikes totally smashed!
    in which case you go after the other driver's insurance. it sucks, but it's far less of a pain than smashing $18,000 worth of bikes on the roof, and being solely responsible for it without the option to blame anyone but yourself, AND having to replace the entire roof of your car (or the whole car). how much does that cost out of pocket?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mack_turtle View Post
    in which case you go after the other driver's insurance. it sucks, but it's far less of a pain than smashing $18,000 worth of bikes on the roof, and being solely responsible for it without the option to blame anyone but yourself, AND having to replace the entire roof of your car (or the whole car). how much does that cost out of pocket?
    For most people, nothing, because they don't have a problem with wiping their bikes off the roof with low hanging objects. It's only a very small percentage of people who can't seem to deal with that responsibility, a very very small percentage. And, if the rear ender doesn't have insurance, it can be problematic.

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    If you know you're the type to remember to place it, putting a lawn chair in the entrance to the garage in your way each time you're about to put bikes on the roof might be a start.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mountain Cycle Shawn View Post
    For most people, nothing, because they don't have a problem with wiping their bikes off the roof with low hanging objects. It's only a very small percentage of people who can't seem to deal with that responsibility, a very very small percentage. And, if the rear ender doesn't have insurance, it can be problematic.
    like I said, in my years working in bike shops, I don't remember anyone getting their bikes damaged in rear-end accidents and bringing them to the shop for appraisal (might have happened once), but I saw at least a dozen roof rack accidents. my experience might not reflect the average, but it leaves me with the notion that smashing my bike into a low object is more likely to happen and much more expensive when it does.
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    If someone is so risk averse as to rule out hitch racks, perhaps that person shouldn't be mountain biking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ryguy79 View Post
    If someone is so risk averse as to rule out hitch racks, perhaps that person shouldn't be mountain biking.
    The problem with hitch racks is that you are at the mercy of someone else for the safety of your bike. Possibly someone who knows nothing about bikes or how expensive your bike might be. And possibly someone who just doesn't care. With a roof rack, the bike owner is in full control.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mountain Cycle Shawn View Post
    With a roof rack, the bike owner is in full control.
    which is why I will put mine on the back. knowing my luck, I would ram my bikes into something soon enough. I don't even use my rack more than once a month because access to the best trail in the state is a few blocks from my house, which would make disaster more likely due to a lack of practice.
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    How about always have really good insurance coverage.... rear ending is always an accident and forgetting your bike on top is on the user, although negligent still an accident... I live in a town where I better have GOOD insurance the drivers around here are terrible.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mack_turtle View Post
    in which case you go after the other driver's insurance.
    If your rack and your bikes obscure your brake lights (and most do), there is a chance you will pay for your bikes, your car's damage AND the other driver's damage.

    Quote Originally Posted by ryguy79 View Post
    If someone is so risk averse as to rule out hitch racks, perhaps that person shouldn't be mountain biking.
    If someone is so stupid they drive their car into their garage with bikes on the roof, perhaps that person shouldn't be driving OR mountain biking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KevinGT View Post
    If your rack and your bikes obscure your brake lights (and most do), there is a chance you will pay for your bikes, your car's damage AND the other driver's damage.



    If someone is so stupid they drive their car into their garage with bikes on the roof, perhaps that person shouldn't be driving OR mountain biking.
    So I guess than answer is take up hiking.

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    I use a trunk rack, and surprisingly enough, it isn't free of "collision" either.

    Wife and I took our bikes out to the trail. Normally I do all of the bike loading/unloading/etc.

    We get home, pull the car in the garage and she gets out like normal. Upon entering the house, she hits the garage door button. Neither of us thought too much about it as we always close our door for some reason. When I went back to the rack, the garage door had literally cleared our bikes by less than 1cm. While we don't have super expensive stuff, there was still about $4k on the back of the car.

    So we didn't shear our bikes off the roof, but almost sheared them off the back using the garage door!

    We got lucky...

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    Quote Originally Posted by TSpice View Post
    I use a trunk rack, and surprisingly enough, it isn't free of "collision" either.

    Wife and I took our bikes out to the trail. Normally I do all of the bike loading/unloading/etc.

    We get home, pull the car in the garage and she gets out like normal. Upon entering the house, she hits the garage door button. Neither of us thought too much about it as we always close our door for some reason. When I went back to the rack, the garage door had literally cleared our bikes by less than 1cm. While we don't have super expensive stuff, there was still about $4k on the back of the car.

    So we didn't shear our bikes off the roof, but almost sheared them off the back using the garage door!

    We got lucky...
    I hung a string from the garage rafters that touches my windshield when I'm in far enough to close with a few inches of clearance to the handlebar on my bike if its on the farthest back spot on my rack.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KevinGT View Post
    If someone is so stupid they drive their car into their garage with bikes on the roof, perhaps that person shouldn't be driving OR mountain biking.
    Never say never. It can happen to anyone....even someone who might think they're not so stupid.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KevinGT View Post
    If someone is so stupid they drive their car into their garage with bikes on the roof, perhaps that person shouldn't be driving OR mountain biking.
    Stupid is as stupid does.

    Sorry man, I'm not going to stop mountain biking! Who knows, I might even fall on my head and fix whatever is wrong.

    IMHO, I'm not stupid; I actually get paid pretty good money to work from home and solve complex problems. But all my life, I forget things. The little reminder function in my brain is unreliable. I have implemented systems in my life to address that, and the proliferation of the microchip has been a huge help to me.

    However just as I cannot go into another room for "just a minute" while cooking bacon, I cannot use a bicycle roof rack. Fortunately I have zero desire to own one, as they look "stupid" to me even before they are driven into the garage with the bikes still mounted.

    My bike is either inside my suv, or on the hitch rack which is high enough that most cars would drive under it. I'll just live with that.

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    This stopped being an issue for me once I had too many bikes to fit a car in my garage.

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    Put the car on top of the bike, at least the car will only get trashed.

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    Smash your bikes into your garage door overhang once and you'll never do it again - I guarantee you'll remember the crunching sound and feel every time you pull into your driveway. I still get deja vu and remember that sound and feel from years back when I pull into a driveway, even though I have a hitch rack now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by killerisation View Post
    This stopped being an issue for me once I had too many bikes to fit a car in my garage.
    And that's why I park outside.
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