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      08-13-2019 11:57 AM #26
      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.

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      08-13-2019 11:59 AM #27
      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.

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      08-13-2019 12:01 PM #28
      Quote Originally Posted by El Ex View Post
      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.
      Right, and be inefficient the other 6 days out of the week. Derp
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      08-13-2019 12:10 PM #29
      My wagon has low profile rails on which to mount bars. When I put a ski rack or box on it (rarely) the bars go on. When the rack/box comes off, so do the bars.

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      08-13-2019 12:15 PM #30
      Three of my cars have roof racks because they already had racks when I got the cars, I don't use them though.
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      08-13-2019 12:37 PM #31
      Quote Originally Posted by El Ex View Post
      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.
      But then we'll have a thread on here about some idiot with a crew cab pickup that they don't need and how they should've bought a small CUV with a loaded cargo box next to kayaks and a hitch mounted bike rack with like 6 bikes.

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      08-13-2019 12:47 PM #32
      I used my rack daily:





      It's the passenger seat that I rarely ever used:

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      08-13-2019 12:53 PM #33
      This is going to trigger a lot of you:



      Wife's 4Runner with Gobi rack and Thule cargo box. Rack is always on, cargo box goes on when we go out of town.

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      08-13-2019 01:02 PM #34
      Quote Originally Posted by El Ex View Post
      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.
      Quote Originally Posted by patrikman View Post
      Right, and be inefficient the other 6 days out of the week. Derp
      This. They may only need a rack a few times a year and put it on, and run bareback the rest of the year. The CUV may meet 95% of their vehicle needs, so they actually are making an informed decision. You don't know.

      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.
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      08-13-2019 01:12 PM #35
      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.
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      08-13-2019 01:15 PM #36
      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$$.

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      08-13-2019 01:15 PM #37
      We had the Lexus packed to the gills on our way back from LA last month. While the Pilot would have been more spacious, driving in LA in the smaller cuv was immensely easier and then doubled the mileage along the way.

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      08-13-2019 01:18 PM #38
      Quote Originally Posted by idriveastick View Post
      I get it, if you use them. However, I see a ton of people buying roof racks just for the look. Why? Personally, I am all for function over form. Unfortunately, I don't see the point of adding a roof rack if you don't/won't ever use it--or you'll use it two or three times per year. Why not just take it off?
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      08-13-2019 01:26 PM #39
      Quote Originally Posted by DonL View Post
      This. They may only need a rack a few times a year and put it on, and run bareback the rest of the year. The CUV may meet 95% of their vehicle needs, so they actually are making an informed decision. You don't know.

      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.

      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.
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      08-13-2019 01:33 PM #40
      I used to just like the look of bike racks and a faring:



      But then necessity set it:



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      08-13-2019 01:35 PM #41
      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.

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      08-13-2019 01:45 PM #42
      Quote Originally Posted by absoluteczech View Post
      Because it's a free country?
      Thank you.

      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.

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      08-13-2019 01:53 PM #43
      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.

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      08-13-2019 02:03 PM #45
      Quote Originally Posted by idriveastick View Post
      I get it, if you use them. However, I see a ton of people buying roof racks just for the look. Why? Personally, I am all for function over form. Unfortunately, I don't see the point of adding a roof rack if you don't/won't ever use it--or you'll use it two or three times per year. Why not just take it off?
      How do you know they aren't going to use it tomorrow, or just used it yesterday. Maybe the use it every once a month or every weekend and grew tired of removing it every time night to please you.

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      08-13-2019 02:19 PM #46
      Quote Originally Posted by @McMike View Post
      How do you know they aren't going to use it tomorrow, or just used it yesterday. Maybe the use it every once a month or every weekend and grew tired of removing it every time night to please you.
      This. Most of the time there is nothing on my roof...but sometimes I don't feel like cramming a big ass mountain bike or my BMX into the pristine back seat of my e30.





      I find my hitch rack on my daily to be far more useful, but in the way constantly.
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      08-13-2019 02:40 PM #48
      Quote Originally Posted by danny_16v View Post
      trigger!!
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      08-13-2019 02:41 PM #49
      What about 2 sets of cross-bars???? saw this gem the other weekend.... obviously he was just doing it for looks....
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      08-13-2019 02:44 PM #50
      Quote Originally Posted by worth_fixing View Post
      is that the 2019 version of "h8ers gonna h8"?
      I guess so! lol
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