Why must taking a bike places be such a fuss?!
May 28, 2012 6:20 AM Subscribe
Trunk-mount bike racks: Are they really the enormous pile of awfulness that everyone keeps telling me they are? Are there ones that don't damage your car?
posted by gwenlister to sports, hobbies, & recreation (14 answers total)
I want a bike rack that will fit 3 bikes (mine, my partner's, his 5 year old son's) so that we can go biking places other than the tiny stretch of road in front of our house. We live pretty far out of town and to bike any place else would require biking along the highway, so either we suck it up and just bike back and forth on this one road, or we figure out a way to take our bikes other places via a car and bike there.
Problem: My partner and I each have a Corolla (mine is a 2010, his is a 2011). If we fold down the back seats we can each fit ONE bike in each of our trunks, but that doesn't leave much space for my step son's bike, and it DEFINITELY doesn't leave space for his car seat. We spent an hour trying to fit a bike in this way and that but no matter how we got it in there we couldn't make it so that part of the back seat could be left up so that we could get a car seat in. Taking off the front tires is a no-go as well.
So that brings us to bike racks. I looked online and there are some well reviewed, relatively affordable trunk mount bike racks. When I suggested it everyone I know got their knickers all in a twist, saying how they are a huge hassel and how they always scratch the hell out of your car. My partner is ADAMANT that a bike rack of that sort cannot go on his car because he would forever worry it was destroying his car. I was told by multiple people that a hitch mount bike rack was the only way to go. Well, that is lovely except neither of our cars has a hitch and the cost of a having a hitch added to one of our cars PLUS the cost of a hitch mount bike rack then becomes too much money and outside our budget. So that brings me back to trunk mount options...
So.... are trunk mount bike racks actually that bad? Are there any that won't scratch the car, or are there things we can do to keep that from happening? I'd really like to find a way to make this work that didn't cost a gigantic amount and that won't cause a gigantic amount of damage. I'd also just have one for ME so that when I want to go for a bikeride downtown I don't have to fight trying to get my bike in and out of my trunk, which is seriously getting old.
Bonus: We live in canada, so were we to order something online it would have to be from a canadian site so that the shipping isn't insane.