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    I want to change the way i tote blt2

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    I have a 2008 BLT2 that I carry on a Mont Blanc Barracuda roof rack but I have to deflate the front tire everytime I load it- 2-3x a week.


    I'd like to switch to a rear over the spare tire rack. My question is, do you have to use that attachment that acts as a top tube to slide the bike over the rack's arms? Does anyone use a rear rack without using that attachment?


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    My opinion (never used one, could be wrong) is that those top tube extenders look like a sloppy fit that will destroy a nice frame.

    That rack looks like it has the tube cradles and straps that can rotate. If it does, rotate one to the 9oclock position and put the seat tube in it so the strap goes under the top tube seat tube junction. Then put the other one under the down tube. Then bungee both locations and secure the wheels somehow.

    Know it sounds like a PITA, but that type of rack usually is, and I don't trust the straps(always use bungees also).

    Good luck!

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    Yup....the arm and cradle type racks are a PITA when it comes to FS bikes. Especially if it is a 2 or 3 bike holder and you are trying to put the bike on the most inboard location. I see plenty of people use them. Personally I am not a fan of the adapter bar due to it not working well with my set up.....bear bell under my stem and seat bag under my saddle.
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    Go with a hitch mounted tray system. If you're asking about an over the spare tire rack, I'm assuming you have some type of SUV/Jeep. It may be a bit more of an investment if you need to buy a hitch in addition to the rack, but it's worth it.

    You'll never have to remove the front wheel (or deflate it).
    You'll never need to clear a space in the back seat.
    It won't matter what wheel size (29er, 26, 650b).
    It won't matter how crazy of a suspension design you have.

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    I use a Thule T2, but there are several different racks on the market.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kubikeman View Post
    Go with a hitch mounted tray system. If you're asking about an over the spare tire rack, I'm assuming you have some type of SUV/Jeep. It may be a bit more of an investment if you need to buy a hitch in addition to the rack, but it's worth it.

    You'll never have to remove the front wheel (or deflate it).
    You'll never need to clear a space in the back seat.
    It won't matter what wheel size (29er, 26, 650b).
    It won't matter how crazy of a suspension design you have.

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    I use a Thule T2, but there are several different racks on the market.
    I too was going to suggest this as the "gold plated" solution. LOVE my T2...prob the best rack system I've ever had (roof flavors of Yak and Thule)...way more aero than the room, and NOT a chance of driving bikes into low overhangs or garages.
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    I originally wanted a T2 but the price was too high. Bought something else and found that it didn't work well. Would have been better off just buying the right thing the first time. I eventually got the T2 and it was perfect. Heavy but perfect.
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    Thanks guys - good suggestion. Rack looks great - not sure if it would work in my situation - have a Suzuki Grand Vitara and I park on the street in Pacific Heights area of San Francisco -I ususally just squeeze in wherever. - I'll check it out.

    Thanks!

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