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Topic # 239537 22-Jul-2018 19:13
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Hi all

Anybody have any advice or suggestions for a boot mounted bike rack?
We’ve got a 2018 suzuki swift and a Suzuki Kizashi (sedan) neither of which have a tow ball, and I don’t really want to install one as this would be its only use.

It’s only for the 2 kids bikes (to take them to the local bike park etc) and would prefer if the rack would work on both a sedan and a hatch.
There’s quite a few online but thought to ask here as there would likely be people with experience of using them.

Thanks

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  Reply # 2060617 22-Jul-2018 19:54
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We've got one that mounts to the back of our car. Welcome to come and take a look/try it out?


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  Reply # 2060671 22-Jul-2018 20:52
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I've had tow balls put specifically on cars so I can put a bike rack on them! I've got an aversion to roof racks, and have been wary of boot mounted ones, given that for a long time, my bikes have been worth more than the car they were attached too. 


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  Reply # 2060678 22-Jul-2018 21:22
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I've got a strap rack sitting in a shed at home but can't remember the brand. What I can say is it was a great device. Back in the murky fog of the past when I was racing I had it attached to a the back of a Ford Laser and travelled a fair bit attending races. There were usually with two bikes on it and I never once had an issue with it. That said, one deficiency it did have was a lack of padding on the arms. I didn't want to put bikes on it with no protection so the first thing I did, prior to using it, was buy some air conditioning pipe insulation tubing and cut it to size - worked a treat. I'm at work until stupid o'clock tomorrow morning but will have a look around midday and post the brand.




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  Reply # 2060726 22-Jul-2018 23:12
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maoriboy:

We've got one that mounts to the back of our car. Welcome to come and take a look/try it out?


Pm’d :-)



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  Reply # 2060727 22-Jul-2018 23:12
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Dratsab:

I've got a strap rack sitting in a shed at home but can't remember the brand. What I can say is it was a great device. Back in the murky fog of the past when I was racing I had it attached to a the back of a Ford Laser and travelled a fair bit attending races. There were usually with two bikes on it and I never once had an issue with it. That said, one deficiency it did have was a lack of padding on the arms. I didn't want to put bikes on it with no protection so the first thing I did, prior to using it, was buy some air conditioning pipe insulation tubing and cut it to size - worked a treat. I'm at work until stupid o'clock tomorrow morning but will have a look around midday and post the brand.


That would be great thanks

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  Reply # 2060821 23-Jul-2018 09:38
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Mine's a Rhode Gear Rhode Shuttle. Not available anymore, seems to have been superseded by the Super Shuttle which has clamps for fixing bikes in place - definitely handier than using a bunch of bungee straps!! I think I got mine through Johnsonville Cycles in Wellington, but after a quick look around it seems that Rhode Gear isn't sold here anymore, which is a shame as it's good quality gear.

 

One thing I remember from my strap rack was making sure the straps were good and tight once everything was in place, then doing a couple of half hitches on each strap to keep them tight as they do work loose through vibration. On long(ish) trips, i.e. to Turangi/Taupo I'd stop a few times and check the straps as well.




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  Reply # 2061299 23-Jul-2018 20:30
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Thanks for the feedback @Dratsab, good to know

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