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    Prophet on a VW

    Now I don't have to pull my front wheel or use my F150 to haul my Prophet around. I did have to add 2 straps for insurance purposes because the trays a not quite big enough for the 2.3 tires. It is not as high as a roof mount so maybe I won't clean it off going under something.
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    That must hurt MPG a lot...

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    I have not noticed any decrease in MPG. I also have not noticed any wind noise, vibration or movement of the bike when driving.

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    No Prophets here but, how about a couple of Rushes on the Passat wagon?


    Still gets good mileage too, mid 20s with a V6 and all wheel drive
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    That looks like a nice setup. How quickly can you mount/remove the rack? Does it damage your car in any way? Also, why not just fold down the rear seats and put the bike in the back? It looks like it would fit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Schweiz
    That looks like a nice setup. How quickly can you mount/remove the rack? Does it damage your car in any way? Also, why not just fold down the rear seats and put the bike in the back? It looks like it would fit.
    As with my car, a bike fits inside easily but it's good to have the back seat available for fellow bikers and put the bikes outside... I often take a friend or two, sometimes three in my car. And bikes also can be really dirty after a ride and you can't always wash them right at the trail head...


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    Abouts how much were those roof systems? Subaru is quoting me damn near $600 for a roof rack on my '06 Impreza.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cypress
    Abouts how much were those roof systems? Subaru is quoting me damn near $600 for a roof rack on my '06 Impreza.
    Mine is not a Subaru OEM, it's all Thule... New, it's expensive but it's easy to find used in good shape. I paid 100$ for the bars, fittings and locks, all looking like they were new. I don't remember the price of the Big Mouths though, bought one new, others used...

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    I'd always opt for a rack on the towbar if you've got one; way better mpg and less trouble with wind (and driving into your garage).

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    Good job!

    I got the Sportworks rack before it was sold to Thule. Even with the bike behind the car there is considerable drag.

    Less than 15 seconds to load or unload the bike. One of the best investments I've made.

    Here's the newer Thule version:

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    Quote Originally Posted by racerzero
    Even with the bike behind the car there is considerable drag.
    Definitely, but it beats a roof rack any day. Since we're posting pics, here's an old one of the rack I use, and the bike I used. Sorry, bike not attached to the rack, but it's the only pic I have of it.
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    I like the rear mounted racks way better also.
    Here are some pics of mine.
    The first one is on my old Chevy Colorado (which I sold last year), made by Yakima and ball hitch mounted.
    The other one is on my current car -a Chevy HHR- made by Yakima as well and is really easy to mount and to take of. I don't notice any drag and it doesn't mess up my car's paint job either....picture is about a year old though...
    Best thing about it: I only paid like $120.- at my local shop for it
    Anybody interested in the ball hitch mounted rack? Holds 2 bikes and has a lock?
    PM me if interested...
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    Since I don't have a hitch and never intend to, I went with a roof mount. I'm also not too worried about losing mpg since I don't need to drive far for good riding. I also run a ski box all winter so a bike on the roof is not a very significant loss compared to the box.

    plus it supports local business and was way cheaper than thule or yak.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Schweiz
    That looks like a nice setup. How quickly can you mount/remove the rack? Does it damage your car in any way? Also, why not just fold down the rear seats and put the bike in the back? It looks like it would fit.
    It comes with 3M clear paint protector film for all the contact points. It takes about 2 minutes to put it on the car. As long as you don't put it on a dirty car or drive when it is not snugged down then I don't see where it will damage the hatch. Even with both seats folded own I have to remove the front wheel to get the bike inside. The only thing about having a left that is not my favorite is having to mess with the brake caliper to remove the front wheel. Also my 2 Aussie's go with me most of the time and they won't fit on the rack so good....

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    cdalemaniac are those perforated straps holding the bike a standard accessory (your car carrier)?

    http://forums.mtbr.com/attachment.ph...1&d=1208007251
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    I just got a quote to put a hitch on my car...





    $600




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    DIY as I did...
    What do I know, ask the "experts"!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ozvena
    cdalemaniac are those perforated straps holding the bike a standard accessory (your car carrier)?

    http://forums.mtbr.com/attachment.ph...1&d=1208007251
    They are for Yakima Racks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cypress
    I just got a quote to put a hitch on my car...





    $600



    Check out U-Haul. They reasonable.

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