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Thread: Bike rack for 03 Protege5?

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    Question Bike rack for 03 Protege5?

    Anybody had any experience with a trunk mounted bike rack for their Protege5? I was checking out the Yakima King Joe or is a roof mount more secure, like the Rocky Mount Noose?

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    Trunk mounts don't work well on the Protege5. the rear spoiler doesn't allow for a good place to mount the top straps. Go for a roof mount.

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    I got a set of Yakima king cobras with universal mounts, and they fit perfectly on the roof racks. Only thing is that you can't open the hatch all the way because the spoiler gets in the way. Unless you mount the racks backwards, then all is good.

    These are pretty stable, the bikes shake a bit cuz the only support is through the front wheel. The one that holds onto the frame of the bike seems a bit more stable, but the ones where you take off the front wheel seem the most secure. I've never had a problem with these though.



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    Quote Originally Posted by xelderx
    Trunk mounts don't work well on the Protege5. the rear spoiler doesn't allow for a good place to mount the top straps. Go for a roof mount.
    Huh?
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    ^^^^^Exactly. I use a Saris Bones that stands on the back bumper on the scuff guard thing & straps to the door like that. Also have Xport front wheel off 2 bike rack that mounts to the factory racks up top.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GNsPR5
    Huh?
    That just doesn't look very stable to me. If that bottom support bar slipped down a little bit it would put a lot of weight on the spoiler. If the bottom support bar went down to the bumper then I can see it working properly but then you make it difficult to open the hatch. The stock roof rack is very good and it's not much more expensive to get attachments for it. Then you have easier access to the hatch and you don't have to remove the rack all the time to keep people from running off with it.
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    I've only had experience with the Thule Velo-Vise...Which worked very easy..You have to remove the front tire, but I always thought it was much more stable and better for the bike to be locked by the front forks instead of the wheel only....You have to put an adaptor bar on the front, but that's it...Was about $165 buck for one rack and the bar adaptor...$115 more for another one.
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    i'm looking at getting a bike rack soon, as well. i'm looking at the rocky mounts noose. it seems to be the best for our cars and for the budget.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vtmazda
    Anybody had any experience with a trunk mounted bike rack for their Protege5? I was checking out the Yakima King Joe or is a roof mount more secure, like the Rocky Mount Noose?
    I've got the Rocky Mounts Noose, it works well.

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    05 Protege bike rack

    I decided to go with the Rocky Mount Noose, it was the least expensive and it works great.

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    Cool. Mine still works.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ProtoType5
    I've only had experience with the Thule Velo-Vise...Which worked very easy..You have to remove the front tire, but I always thought it was much more stable and better for the bike to be locked by the front forks instead of the wheel only....You have to put an adaptor bar on the front, but that's it...Was about $165 buck for one rack and the bar adaptor...$115 more for another one.
    this is exactly what I have.. it works great and was very cost effective!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Rosshole
    this is exactly what I have.. it works great and was very cost effective!
    i just bought a set up of this from a guy off ebay for 115. whole thing for 2 bikes. hopefully it works out well.

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    Rack on back for muddy bikes or if other stuff on top. Rack on factory racks up top if bikes not too dirty. Long road trip = better gas mileage with them on back behind the car.

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    I need a cheap rack

    Hey everybody, my gf and i will be going on a camping trip in august thats only about 1.5 hour drive away and we want to take our bikes, i dont have a bike rack for my pro5 and i dont want to spend alot at all to get one? will a walmart Bell hatchback bike rack work for our small trip? it says fits hatch's and its only $30. please help....thx

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