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    Active Member Two Rings SPho's Avatar
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    Best roof rack for bicycle?

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    Kids bicycles donít fit in the trunk anymore (2 kids bicycle and 1 adult) ; looking to put them on the roof and I know jack about the roof rack world...

    Which brand and model do you guys recommend and why.
    Iím looking for something subtle

    Thanks


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    Established Member Two Rings dimonblr's Avatar
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    I recommend the Q7 3.0T
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    Established Member Two Rings Method's Avatar
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    I've been really happy with my OEM Audi rack. I've paired that with the Yakima Forklift racks. Just toss the front wheels in the trunk and you're good to go.

    This assumes that your kiddos bikes have quick release front wheels. If not, you may want to go with something more like the Yakima FrontLoader.


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    Iím glad you guys actually use the roof rack. I hate when people put roof racks on cars and not use them. Sorry just a pet peeve.

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    Senior Member Three Rings Dash's Avatar
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    I use a Yakima Whis-Bar and the Yakima Front loader (but that might not work depending on the tire size of the kids bike). I like the look of the Whis-bar and it's super quiet. Also hold a boatload. :)






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    Quote Originally Posted by Dash View Post
    I use a Yakima Whis-Bar and the Yakima Front loader (but that might not work depending on the tire size of the kids bike). I like the look of the Whis-bar and it's super quiet. Also hold a boatload. :)





    That looks nice so I have to buy two parts ?
    The whis-bar (horizontal ones)
    Front loader (to hold bike)



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    Established Member Two Rings Method's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by SPho View Post
    That looks nice so I have to buy two parts ?
    The whis-bar (horizontal ones)
    Front loader (to hold bike)



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    Yes. The rack itself (basebars) + whatever attachments you get to hold bikes and your other stuff.
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    Whis-bar, cause quiet
    Rocky Mounts quality and affordable
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    +1 for whisbar with RockyMounts bike rack.


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    I frankly hate racks that require taking the wheel off.

    1) An extra step in an already painful process to get racks on, gear loaded and bikes on the car
    2) you lose your trunk space and have muddy bike wheels in your car
    3) with through axles being more common now you have to deal with adapters

    1up, Thule and Yakima all have great options for racks that don't need bike disassembly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by b spot View Post
    I frankly hate racks that require taking the wheel off.

    1) An extra step in an already painful process to get racks on, gear loaded and bikes on the car
    2) you lose your trunk space and have muddy bike wheels in your car
    3) with through axles being more common now you have to deal with adapters

    1up, Thule and Yakima all have great options for racks that don't need bike disassembly.



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    Definitely check out 1UP USA racks, I have a hitch mounted one and would never buy a different brand rack. Easy to use and super durable, hitch receiver is pretty easy to install and is cheap. If you end up buying another car you can use hitch mount bike rack and not take a loss on roof rack.

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    What size and model is it?


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    CoreBar vs Jetstream what are the differences aside from looks?


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