Bike Carriers for a car...

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    May 18, 2012 12:02 AM GMT
    I want to take my bike with me much more than I currently am. I have a 2012 VW Jetta TDI Sportwagon. Should I go with the hitch mounted carrier or the trunk strap on carrier?

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    May 18, 2012 12:07 AM GMT
    When I get another bike, I'll invest in a roof mount for it.

    Rear end collisions - even fender benders - will destroy a bike.
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    May 18, 2012 2:25 AM GMT
    Between the two, I'd get the hitch mount. More stable than a trunk mount. Like when you drive over bumps or rough roads.

    Personally, I would spend the extra money and get a roof mount. With a trunk/hitch mount, if you need to get into the trunk, then you have to take your bikes off first. With a roof mount, it's out of the way. Plus, it's more versatile and you can get mounts for skis or snowboards or whatever. Of course the drawbacks to roof mount is you have to lift your bikes up. If you have a heavy bike, this can get pretty tedious.
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    May 18, 2012 3:44 AM GMT
    xrichx saidBetween the two, I'd get the hitch mount. More stable than a trunk mount. ...With a trunk/hitch mount, if you need to get into the trunk, then you have to take your bikes off first.....


    I've used receiver hitches for years.though I'm into ragtops so no roof rack for me. The hitch bolts directly to the frame, nothing's better. They do not interfere significantly with trunk access. Generally you just go around or over them, but also you can get one that is hinged to fold down while still attached to the car if need be (that's what I have now).