That will be the day I ever need a roof rack with my car that has enough space to transport a bike standing on 2 wheels. They are good for Buick commercials though.
I hated my old Thule. Wind noise, loss of MPGs, and damn near lost my bike on the Interstate from a small bump. Couldn’t get rid of it soon enough. I can’t tell you how disappointed I was after what I spent on that thing. Hitch mount is the way to go if possible.
I get a kick out of the people driving to the beach in a small CUV with a loaded cargo box next to kayaks and a hitch mounted bike rack with like 6 bikes. Efficiency! Just get a more accommodating vehicle.
I run a rack a few times a year, typically with a basket for camping or picking up larger home stuff at HD or Lowe's. I only put it on when I need it, though, I think it's too noisy to deal with every day, and with KidL out of a car seat, there isn't one in the way to fold the seat down and toss the bike in the back.
Mrs. DonL never put the crossbars on her Outback, and never put the rack on her Impreza. Never needed it. They're still in the garage in the factory packaging from when they came with the car.
Smooremin: "Dont worry. My corset really fills me out ."
Sold Over Sticker: "The only difference between innuendo and flirting is the desired result. "
KidL: "Dammit, Chippy! You're making bad choices!"
Actually, now that I think about it, my wife has mentioned she wishes she got the roof rack, running boards, etc, on her RDX because "it would look less boring like all the other gray SUVs." I then point out what would be even less boring would be to not buy a grey SUV, but that just gets me an elbow in the ribs.
I use mine at Xmas for a tree and then with a box when going on a road trip. Net, use the rails 2-3x per year, and I do take them off in between due to MPG hit and increased wind noise.
However, I've recently debated becoming one of THOSE people who leave them on all the time, because I think they make my Atlas look bada$$.
For most people a small vehicle and racks DO make more sense. I was loosely poking fun at the guy I saw this weekend. He had the racks over capacity and the inside of his CUV crammed so full of stuff the rear suspension was bottomed out and could barely see out to make safe lane changes.
Those are the kind of people I can’t stand. They’ll buy a small vehicle and put so much crap on and in it thinking they’re being efficient. It’s not. There’s plenty of people that do this multiple times per year.
Last edited by El Ex; 08-13-2019 at 01:29 PM.
I used to just like the look of bike racks and a faring:
But then necessity set it:
And then so did overkill:
Full force wallet weight reduction, my Miata build:
The Crossbars stay on permanently, but are completely innocuous. The Box goes on about once a month.
I do kinda hate that you can't put anything else onto it like normal overhanging bars, but it's nice that they're quiet when there's nothing up there.
The Rex rack goes on only when I need it. It's damn loud.
ITT: Buncha judgey people who can't imagine a rationale for something beyond their own personal experience. My wife's vehicle is a BOF SUV w/ 4WD and roof rails. In the year we've had it, we've had it offroad zero times, used the roof rack once to schlep home a Christmas tree, and give zero effs re mileage with the crossbars left on. So why do we have such a vehicle? Because reasons. Actually, very specific and logical reasons.
...that I'm not going to share because 1), I don't have to, and 2) because it will drive some of you nuts.
Originally Posted by Col. David Crockett
Do you expect me to leave my Tepui roof top tent at home the 364 days that I'm not using it?
Seriously though, some of those cross bars for bikes, cargo boxes, etc are a PITA to install and remove, and for some it also means storing it somewhere that may not be so convenient for them (e.g. they don't have a garage). So even if they use it once or twice a month, it just makes sense.
Also keep in mind that for some of the folks, installing it isn't something they do on their own. As simple as it is, it may intimidating for them, and thankfully for the rest of sharing the road with them, they have someone more capable install it for them. That makes it very inconvenient to take on and off repeatedly.
Any car which holds together for a whole race is too heavy.