(Closed) Any road bikers/cyclists here? (bike rack question)

posted 4 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 2
220 posts
Helper bee

I didn’t go the hitch route when I was in the same dilemma a few years ago and was between a hitch rack or roof rack. Both have there pros and cons, I was always afraid of backing up or someone rear ending me with my beautiful expensive bikes so I went with the roof rack. The con on the roof rack is you have to make sure you don’t enter a garage with your bike on top. I’ll be buying an SUV after the wedding so I won’t have to worry anymore 🙂 Anyways, they should be pretty easy to set up (I am assuming Thule or Yakima?) and if you buy from somewhere like REI or local bike shop the associates are usually pretty helpful to a chick with a sweet bike. Sorry I wasn’t more helpful but just wanted to give a fellow female cyclist some support! 

Post # 4
31 posts
  • Wedding: April 2016

SweetBeets:  I was a professional cyclist for a while…so I’ve traveled with bikes in/on a car all over the country/world.  I have a Prius and my Fiance has a subaru.  He had roof racks for a while, which are sexier, but were a pain in the behind.  Especially if you are short, it’s hard to get the bike on the top of your roof. We now have a Thule hitch rack that works really well.  It comes off easily when we aren’t transporting bikes and it has a level that allows it to rotate away from the car to get the back hitch open.  

I looked at Civics before I bought my car but I can’t remember if the back seat folds down.  I’ve fit up to four bikes in the back of my Prius with the seat folded down.  That’s the easiest way for me to transport bikes.

Post # 5
31 posts
  • Wedding: April 2016

SweetBeets:  PS – A century in September is absoultely enough time to train.  You don’t need a ton of power for a century, just the ability to keep pedaling and the familiarity with your body to fuel it properly for the entire 100 miles

Post # 7
670 posts
Busy bee

It looks like your set on a hitch but I just wanted to add that Darling Husband used a Thule trunk rack before we got a SUV and it was really easy to get and off the car and never rubbed against our frames. Good luck with the century!

Post # 8
245 posts
Helper bee

SweetBeets:  don’t suppose you use strava? I’m planning 150 miles over a few days in summer which is obviously way easier than your century but always looking for people to follow for motivation!

Post # 9
9198 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2013


i use the plain old trunk mount, but i have plenty of friends who installed hitches on their sedans for bike racks.

i was worried about my paint on my first bike.  and i would put towels and stuff around the bike to prevent any rubbing.  but let me tell you, driving down the road, your bike is going to get hit by rocks and debris of passing cars.  also, when you bike, the underbelly of your bike is going to get grimy.  that should be washed after every ride to preserve the paint.  i don’t do it. my current bike, a carbon has no issues with paint rubbing off or getting scratched from driving. 

 FYI – you have plenty of time to train for a century.  the year i did my first century, i had a clunker hybrid bike that i would ride 10-20 miles around the neighborhood.  my friend asked me to do a century with her, i knew i couldn’t do it on the hybrid and bought a road bike that august for an october century. the most i biked was 25 miles, but i had a lot of miles under my belt from august to october.  that first century, we weren’t riding for time.  in our heads, we broke the ride down by rest stops which were 20-25 miles apart.  easy peasy.  we had an amazing time.

good luck!!!

Post # 10
5886 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

SweetBeets:  I concur with the facepalm!  You do not need a large car to have a bike rack.

I have never installed a hitch on a civic, but I did install one on my Toyota Yaris.  It was pretty easy – you basically just line it up and screw it in.  It was difficult to access the screws, so there was a lot of cursing, but eventually we got it done right.  There are videos online that will walk you through it.

It’s sort of funny how people always think you can’t put a hitch on a smaller car.  Sure, you can’t TOW with it, but it’s the ideal way to have a bike rack without damaging your car or bike.

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