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Car rack (for the new car of course!!!)

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  1. COmtbiker12

    COmtbiker12 Turbo Monkey

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    Well folks....I finally got a new car, so now it's time to go shoppin for a rack. I got a '97 Honda Civic LX (sedan) and now I'm wanting to get opinions on what roof racks you guys would recommend most. I'm certainly partial towards Yakimas, but those are of course....quite expensive, although I think that just about anything will be. If possible I'll probably buy used off ebay or something, who knows... I'll be using it for a wide variety of bikes, just about everything from my M3 DH bike, to my antique steel road bike. I'd like it to be sturdy and easy to use without it being too bulky or anything like that. I'm fine buying a 20mm adapter, or if I get 2 trays I might get (for example with yakima) a King Cobra for one and then a simple tray with the QR hookup for the other.

    Anyways... any opinions would be appreciated. And for those wondering, it's in decent shape, it's got 85k miles on it, 5spd, got it for $4995 from a dealership on sale. Funny actually, we had seen the $4995 price in the paper in a dealer ad in the classifieds, but when we got there the sticker said $7k, so thankfully we still had it and just had my dad fax it in. :p
     

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    go with thule. The swedish finally did something right! If your going to ebay it go to their website find the parts you need and go get them off ebay. Thule beats yakima ten to one. Thule also looks sophisticated!
     
  3. N8 v2.0

    N8 v2.0 Not the sharpest tool in the shed

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    My bike was more than your car....


    :p


    ...er....

    :(
     
  4. COmtbiker12

    COmtbiker12 Turbo Monkey

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    Lol, my M3 was only $400 less. :p
     
  5. Wumpus

    Wumpus makes avatars better

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    I would look into a rear mount rack. The drag when my bike is on the top of the car sucks.
     
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    downhilldemon Monkey

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    my bike was more than your car also!
     
  7. BigMike

    BigMike BrokenbikeMike

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    I think many peoples on here is..........which is kinda sad!

    I would go with the Thule (sportworks) Bob Ratchet!
     
  8. goodtobeIrie

    goodtobeIrie Monkey

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    if you have your priorities straight...that's how it should be...

    of course, unless you're compensating for your small penis size...then you drive an expensive vehicle...

    oops...you guys probably drive hummers...:rolleyes:
     
  9. COmtbiker12

    COmtbiker12 Turbo Monkey

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    A true coloradoan buys expensive bikes before cars. Let's see, my M3 was $4600, my hardtail has had at least $1k into it (all cheap parts) I've got probably almost $1k of extra parts/frames in my garage. I'd say I have my priorities set straight as far as spending what for what. :p Plus, I'm only 17, so this is pretty damn good for me. :) :p
     
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    Translation: If all you can afford are expensive bike toys then make sure you get expensive bike toys and talk about "priorities" to make yourself feel better about being unable to afford expensive car toys.

    Translation: People who can only afford expensive bike toys and not expensive car toys have to compensate by speculating/fantasizing about genital size.

    It's SO bourgeoisie, and funny.
     
  11. MikeD

    MikeD Leader and Demogogue of the Ridemonkey Satinists

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    Sportworks 1 1/4". Done.
     
  12. Austin Bike

    Austin Bike Turbo Monkey

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    I like my hollywood rack. Small and compact, fits in a 1.25" receiver which is all I could get for my car.

    Holds up great at high speed, clamp on the fork is the best way to secure bikes in my opinion (but could be a pain for DH bikes).
     
  13. Carbon Fetish

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    I second that.
     
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    Another vote cast for the rear-mount. If you want to save some $, look into a generic cargo basket. They are ~$60. Its easy to bolt trays to them or build your own out of 2x4's or whatever. Tie downs alone will work with 2 bikes.
     
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    .... yeah - that's the best way to dress up your newly purchased car - go ahead and jimmy rig a bike rack together using 2X4's (and plenty of duct tape) and bolt that to the top!

    I've got the Yakima roof rack with the King Cobra tray - the wind noise does suck big time, but it's easy to put the bike on, and secure. (tested to 100mph with 2 bikes up top)
     
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    ahahahahaha...your translations are waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay off asshat...and believe me, I don't fantasize about genital size...my man's is quite large enough...did the Hummer comment hurt??

    and unlike you...I don't need an expensive car to "make myself feel better"...you must be one of those people that thinks their possessions make them better than the next person...good luck with that...
     
  17. COmtbiker12

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    Dude, don't derail my thread like that. That's just about the lamest thing ever. :rolleyes: At least if someone's going to derail it don't start calling people names and acting like we're all 5 here. :rolleyes:
     
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    Apparently the translations were spot on and struck some nerves.

    My bad about confusing you with the bourgeois. Obviously a low class, stoner skank is much farther down on the totem pole than the typical middle class person.

    p.s. The quality of one's toys doesn't matter a lick. Put the bong down for a few days, sober up and maybe, just maybe, you'll be able understand my posts and how you've contradicted yourself.
     
  19. biggins

    biggins Rump Junkie

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    i have a yakima rack that has 2 of the cobra upright bike mounts i'll sell ya everything for 200 bucks plus shipping.
     
  20. Toshi

    Toshi Harbinger of Doom

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    another vote here for sportworks. slap on a hitch and a 1 1/4" sportworks T2 and you'll be set.
     
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    Dude...the Swedes have been doing very attractive women right for some time now..
     
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    Hey, he said that it is a 1997 Civic that he paid $5K for. I'm just trying to save the man some coin. People here seem to have someting against home ingenuity. I've seen a number of homemade racks that use either pipefittings of 2x4's. Paint it black to match the basket and you can't tell. Or you can bolt roof trays to it. Either option works well and costs less than a Sportworks.

    I recommend any rear rack over a roof rack based on gas savings.

    BTW, my gf has the Saris copy of the Sportworks and works great.
     
  23. SkaredShtles

    SkaredShtles I love NEWCASTLE and will ONLY drink NEWCASTLE!!!!

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    Amen to that, mah bruthah! If my wife ever leaves me, I'm taking my 3 boys to go live in Stockholm. :drool:
     
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    I'm not sure it would take that much some days...:thumb:
     
  25. COmtbiker12

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    Ben, I'd definitely be interested in your rack. :) Have any pictures of it? Does it have the towers and everything that I'd need or just the trays?
     
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    bluebug32 Asshat

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    I like my Yakima and I bet you could get a killer deal on the rack that was just recalled :thumb: ;)
     
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    are you being a crybaby to me?? or Mr. high class society here??
     
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    I was just being a smartass here...you're an idiot for calling someone you've never met a stoner skank on the internet...

    ooooooh...you got me on the bong thing...now you really must have a big penis being you're such a tough guy on the internet...must be growing by the second...

    and there was nothing contradictory...you confused yourself thinking you're above the bourgeois...what a pompous ass...who says "it's so middle class and funny" ??
     
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    Yackama King Cobra.
     
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    to actually contribute to your thread...I have a newer civic lx...and have the yakima roof racks...and the gas mileage really sucks with 4 DH bikes on top...shorter distances are cool though...but the racks themselves are great...80-90 through the St.George gorge around those corners and never had a problem...
     
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    He wanted $200 right? That's a smokin' deal - I don't even wanna say what I paid for mine....

    I'm told that all you need to customize the racks for another car is new towers, which allegedly cost $20. (probably $50, worst case.)
     
  32. Toshi

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    you probably don't need new towers. on the other hand, the "fit kits", which are just pieces of rubber albeit necessary pieces to adapt to your car's roof, are something like $45 or $50 iirc.
     
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    i will get some pics up in a little while. the rack has the towers, cross bars, 2 cobra upright mounts and lock cores. the only thing you will need to get are the clips. the clips are different for every vehicle. i have carried 3 dh rigs on it on twisty dirt roads at high rates of speed while getting stoned and the bikes stayed on top as well i have driven very long distances with lots of bikes on top at well above highway speeds and it was ok as well. i will get pics up in a few.
     
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    there is actually a third cobra mount as well but i dont know if i have all the hardware for it.