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Re: Bike racks

Mon Jul 17, 2017 5:05 am

Zoomit wrote:I think the strap type racks will require it to be attached above the wing at the top of the window. Pulling it tight may damage the wing.

I'd like to think that the engineers anticipated this kind of use when they designed the car. Still, I'd want someone else to try it before I did... :shock:

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Re: Bike racks

Mon Jul 17, 2017 12:44 pm

Jmosquera wrote:I put my 29er mountain bike inside, with the wheels on. Try throwing the front first, with the front wheel occupying the place for the passenger feet and legs. So your bike goes in first class, A/C, almost invisible and dry.


I take it you either don't do actual mountain biking, or don't care about keeping your interior clean. I have put my mountain bike inside of multiple cars (including a '97 civic hatchback). But I wouldn't do it on a car as new as the Bolt (the oldest Bolt on the road is only 7 months old!).
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Re: Bike racks

Sat Jul 22, 2017 4:03 pm

SeanNelson wrote:
Zoomit wrote:I think the strap type racks will require it to be attached above the wing at the top of the window. Pulling it tight may damage the wing.

I'd like to think that the engineers anticipated this kind of use when they designed the car. Still, I'd want someone else to try it before I did... :shock:

Agree about design; though the official position is likely that this is a use not covered under warranty. When I take delivery in August, I'll assess the strength and if it seems capable, will buy the rack, hook it on and report back.

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Re: Bike racks

Sat Jul 22, 2017 4:20 pm

I just pushed down on the wing on my car and while it squeaks it doesn't deflect very far with 10-15 lbs pressure. I'm personally in favor of a $100 hitch and a hitch rack for bike storage.
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Re: Bike racks

Mon Jul 24, 2017 12:49 pm

Zoomit wrote:I just pushed down on the wing on my car and while it squeaks it doesn't deflect very far with 10-15 lbs pressure. I'm personally in favor of a $100 hitch and a hitch rack for bike storage.


Why bother with the Curt hitch and stabilizing straps when you can get the Drawtite hitch? That hitch is designed differently and does not need the use of straps.

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Re: Bike racks

Mon Jul 24, 2017 3:44 pm

tk1971 wrote:
Zoomit wrote:I just pushed down on the wing on my car and while it squeaks it doesn't deflect very far with 10-15 lbs pressure. I'm personally in favor of a $100 hitch and a hitch rack for bike storage.


Why bother with the Curt hitch and stabilizing straps when you can get the Drawtite hitch? That hitch is designed differently and does not need the use of straps.

And Torklift now has a Bolt-compatible hitch which is rated at 200 pounds tongue weight. I use their similar hitch with a bike rack on my Prius C and I've never had to deal with straps.

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Re: Bike racks

Mon Jul 24, 2017 4:47 pm

I recommend the Thule T2 "classic". We've made several 1900 mile trips to Phoenix & back with two 50+ pound electric bikes on this rack. It's not cheap but it's well made, secure, and easy to mount & dismount the bikes. Works great.

https://www.thule.com/en-us/ca/bike-rac ... -_-1689772
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Re: Bike racks

Wed Jul 26, 2017 6:22 pm

tk1971 wrote:
Zoomit wrote:I just pushed down on the wing on my car and while it squeaks it doesn't deflect very far with 10-15 lbs pressure. I'm personally in favor of a $100 hitch and a hitch rack for bike storage.


Why bother with the Curt hitch and stabilizing straps when you can get the Drawtite hitch? That hitch is designed differently and does not need the use of straps.


Simple, I'm leasing the car and won't have a hitch.

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Re: Bike racks

Wed Jul 26, 2017 10:13 pm

I just brought a bike home using the Sea Sucker bike rack up top.

No problems, worked fine.
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Re: Bike racks

Fri Jul 28, 2017 4:43 am

nealnorton wrote:I just brought a bike home using the Sea Sucker bike rack up top.

No problems, worked fine.
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