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    How does one approach putting a bike on the roof rack?

    For those who mount their bikes ontop of their cars with a roof rack, specifically SUV owners, how do you do this? Despite being over 6 feet tall, I'd imagine putting a bike ontop of the roof to be very dfficult, so how exactly do you guys accomplish this? I'd much prefer using a roof rack than putting the bike in the rear, not being able to open the trunk or in the trunk, not having any passenger space...

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    That's one reason I picked a Legacy wagon over an Outback... something like 4 or 5" lower roof height.

    My brother-in-law just opens his door and steps on the floor of his Trooper. Another friend has a little step stool he carries in his back seat.
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    I used to use a small step ladder to get my bikes on top of my LandCruiser. I found it quite a pain, esp with the 40+lb bikes that are common around here. Went to a North Shore Rack and couldnt be happier! See my post below if you are interested...

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    I got a Toyota Matrix which is fairly tall. I can throw my xc bike up there no problem from the ground but I also use a step ladder to get the DH bike up there. It's not that it's too heavy, it just becomes awkward that high above your head. I have no issues at all using or transporting the small ladder. It folds flat, takes minimal space and weighs next to nothing.
    People wait for me on the way up. I wait for them on the way down.

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    I have a CRV and I'm only 5'8" so I use a small foldable plastic "step". I can manage without the step but it is very risky.

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    My SUV has an old-fashioned two-piece tailgate. I put the bike trays on "backwards" - ie fork-mount to the rear, and I fold down the lower half and stand on that to mount the bikes.

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    I won't put any kind of roof mount on my Xterra because I can only imagine how big of a pain in the butt it would be putting the bikes up there.

    -Rob
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    And it only gets worse trying to get your bike on or off the roof rack if you have injured yourself during the ride. Not that I know this from any experience or anything but i have a certain disdain for root drops.

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    Quote Originally Posted by INCO
    ...i have a certain disdain for root drops.
    ...and both root drops and <i>roof drops</i> can be costly in very different ways!
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