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2013-03-21 2:52 PM

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Subject: Bike Rack for Hatchbacks

I recently bought a new Ford Focus ST and need advice on Bike Racks.  Since the ST has a center mounted exhaust, there is no way to do a small hitch and receiver style bike rack.  I have had mostly SUV's or trucks in the past and was hoping the BT community could comment on Bike Carriers that various people have used on hatchback style cars.  While I do still have my Land Cruiser, I am hoping to find something that will allow me to take the care and save about 20 mpg!   I am open to suggestions and just wanted some feedback.  Any Ideas?



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2013-03-21 3:01 PM
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Subject: RE: Bike Rack for Hatchbacks
Saris makes quite a few that should do the trick although I've never used any of them.  Always thought the Gran Fondo was a cool rack.
2013-03-21 3:02 PM
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Subject: RE: Bike Rack for Hatchbacks
jclarke450 - 2013-03-21 2:52 PM

I recently bought a new Ford Focus ST and need advice on Bike Racks.  Since the ST has a center mounted exhaust, there is no way to do a small hitch and receiver style bike rack.  I have had mostly SUV's or trucks in the past and was hoping the BT community could comment on Bike Carriers that various people have used on hatchback style cars.  While I do still have my Land Cruiser, I am hoping to find something that will allow me to take the care and save about 20 mpg!   I am open to suggestions and just wanted some feedback.  Any Ideas?



What color is the car?

2013-03-21 3:11 PM
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Subject: RE: Bike Rack for Hatchbacks
I have always been really happy with a roof rack, I have had a few rear (not hitch mount) carriers as well and I never trusted them and did have a couple of "issues" with them. No lost bikes but Ill just say that it was close.
2013-03-21 3:15 PM
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bradleyd3 - 2013-03-21 1:02 PM
jclarke450 - 2013-03-21 2:52 PM

I recently bought a new Ford Focus ST and need advice on Bike Racks.  Since the ST has a center mounted exhaust, there is no way to do a small hitch and receiver style bike rack.  I have had mostly SUV's or trucks in the past and was hoping the BT community could comment on Bike Carriers that various people have used on hatchback style cars.  While I do still have my Land Cruiser, I am hoping to find something that will allow me to take the care and save about 20 mpg!   I am open to suggestions and just wanted some feedback.  Any Ideas?

What color is the car?

Blue....Well technically it "Performance Blue"

2013-03-21 3:22 PM
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Subject: RE: Bike Rack for Hatchbacks
jclarke450 - 2013-03-21 3:15 PM
bradleyd3 - 2013-03-21 1:02 PM
jclarke450 - 2013-03-21 2:52 PM

I recently bought a new Ford Focus ST and need advice on Bike Racks.  Since the ST has a center mounted exhaust, there is no way to do a small hitch and receiver style bike rack.  I have had mostly SUV's or trucks in the past and was hoping the BT community could comment on Bike Carriers that various people have used on hatchback style cars.  While I do still have my Land Cruiser, I am hoping to find something that will allow me to take the care and save about 20 mpg!   I am open to suggestions and just wanted some feedback.  Any Ideas?

What color is the car?

Blue....Well technically it "Performance Blue"

Saris Bones 3 bike is what I have used on multiple vehicles.  Very adjustable.



2013-03-21 3:45 PM
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Another vote for Saris Bones.  I have a Bones 2 and really like it.
2013-03-21 3:46 PM
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jclarke450 - 2013-03-21 3:15 PM

bradleyd3 - 2013-03-21 1:02 PM
jclarke450 - 2013-03-21 2:52 PM

I recently bought a new Ford Focus ST and need advice on Bike Racks.  Since the ST has a center mounted exhaust, there is no way to do a small hitch and receiver style bike rack.  I have had mostly SUV's or trucks in the past and was hoping the BT community could comment on Bike Carriers that various people have used on hatchback style cars.  While I do still have my Land Cruiser, I am hoping to find something that will allow me to take the care and save about 20 mpg!   I am open to suggestions and just wanted some feedback.  Any Ideas?

What color is the car?

Blue....Well technically it "Performance Blue"



Get a silver rack then.

2013-03-21 3:48 PM
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Subject: RE: Bike Rack for Hatchbacks
I use a Saris Bones 3 on a Hyundai Elantra Touring, and it works well for me.  However, if your bike has a curved top tube and externally routed cables, any bike that grabs the bike by the tube and not the tires may create an issue.
2013-03-21 3:52 PM
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I have a Saris Bones RS - I think it is a great and very stable rack....

2013-03-21 4:52 PM
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Ditto on the Saris rack - I've had a good experience with mine.Great car choice by the way!


2013-03-21 5:11 PM
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I have an Allen sport bike rack and it works perfect for my civic hatch. I was having trouble finding something that would work with my hatch until I discovered this. Plus it's cheap...like $40 or so
2013-03-21 5:17 PM
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I have multiple racks for different cars/bikes, and I'll add another vote for the Saris Bones. It's much better than the Yakima rack that I also have. I use a Bones 3, and I'd recommend that one even if you're planning to only carry 1-2 bikes. Getting 3 bikes on the Bones 3 seems a bit optimistic. Saris also has a small rack ('Solo') that they target at people looking to carry a single bike on a tiny car -- I tried that, but found it to be too unstable.

2013-03-21 7:17 PM
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Here is a trailer hitch for a focus st, with picture:

http://www.etrailer.com/question-52559.html

 

How do you like your focus?

2013-03-21 8:42 PM
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Hmm, bought my hatchback (Veloster) so I could just throw the bike inside the car.  Roof rack decreases mpg's.

2013-03-22 2:46 PM
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fubar44 - 2013-03-21 3:11 PM I have an Allen sport bike rack and it works perfect for my civic hatch. I was having trouble finding something that would work with my hatch until I discovered this. Plus it's cheap...like $40 or so

A friend drives a focus hatchback and this is what she uses. I borrowed it and with a quick strap adjustment, it fit on my saab (even though my rear glass is a much shallower angle than the focus).

They are cheap and quickly configurable.



2013-03-22 6:35 PM
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Look at Seasucker. It will be roof mounted, so your mpg will definitely decrease, but easy to use, and easy to mount/dismount.

Seasucker bike rack on a 1991 NSX

2013-03-22 6:53 PM
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DeVinci13 - 2013-03-22 7:35 PM

Look at Seasucker. It will be roof mounted, so your mpg will definitely decrease, but easy to use, and easy to mount/dismount.

Seasucker bike rack on a 1991 NSX

I'm paranoid using my trunk mount thule rack. No way I'd want my bike held on with a suction cup haha

2013-03-23 8:16 AM
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+1 for how do you like the Focus? We're going to be looking for a car for my wife in a couple of months and I'm intrigued by the new Focus (HB version). 
2013-03-23 10:58 PM
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I got the cheapest one I could find at Canadian Tire last summer, and I am pretty happy with it, although it did make accessing the hatch difficult, you could still do it by supporting the weight of the bike with one hand while popping the hatch with the other.

I don't have a high value bike, so I wasn't really worried about that. But having seen how this rack performed on a 500Km+ road trip, I wouldn't mind putting a new bike on it.

We have a 2009 Toyota Prius that it fit on perfectly, according to the box it will fit on any car/jeep with easy adjustments..

People with pricier bikes can chime in on whether this is a bad idea for a high end bike...I be interested to know as well for the future.

 





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2013-03-23 11:22 PM
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Will the bike fit in the back of the car?


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