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    Need help w/accord bike rack

    I have a 2002 Honda Accord 2 door with a spoiler. I had a cheap trunk rack and it just didn't fit over the spoiler good. I want a good roof or hitch rack. I am worried about gas mileage if I get the roof rack because I drive 800+ miles a week for work. A hitch sounds good but I believe I can only get a 1.25" hitch which limits my choices. Any ideas?

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    If you already have a hitch,you can buy a small adapter which allows for 2".
    They can be had on-line where bike racks are sold "like rack attack" or from cabelas.
    I know,i have one.

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    Just saw this on my local craigslist. What else do I need to buy to make it work for my accord and mtn bike. http://nashville.craigslist.org/car/257667424.html

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    I don't have a hitch yet. Are they expensive to have one installed. If so maybe I should stick with a roof rack.

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    They can be ordered from most auto parts places like advance or cabelas and are custom made to fit your car and are easy to install yourself "15mins".
    I paid 179.00 to fit a subaru.

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    Okay cool. Does anyone know the drawbacks of going with a roof system? Keep in mind I drive 800+ miles a week for work. Will I have to take the rack off while not using b/c of gas? How hard is this?
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    I have a Yakima tower system on my Accord. Even with a fairing, it does make a small, but noticeable difference with noise and mileage.

    I think a hitch rack (where you just drop the whole bike into a tray) is probably the best pure bike system, but if you ski or do other sports, the versatility of the roof rack is probably better.

    Setting up the tower system takes at least an hour initially, but once everything is locked in place, removing it usually just involves flipping four levers and lifting it off.
    Last edited by Reposado Man; 01-05-2007 at 10:01 AM.

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    I also use a Yakima roof rack on an Accord. As previously stated, the fairing cuts down on much of the noise and your milage will suffer around 10% as well. You can also feel crosswinds a lot more with a roof rack. Given the amount you drive, I wouldn't plan on leaving it on all the time. It's a a bit of a PITA to take on and off but it doesn't take much time.

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    Well I ended up getting the Yakima Roof Rack. After disacovering that my mileage reimbursement went from $.44 a mile to $.48 I figured what the hell. Here is a pic of my very dirtys car with my new rack.


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    Do you guys think I need this stretch kit for carrying one mtn bike? I might carry 2 in the future but not very often. I just think it kinda looks goofy. Couldn't I move the rear towers up to the very back edge of the doors?

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    After looking at Yakimas web site they give you an option to go with or without the stretch kit. Anyone have any advice?

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