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I do a lot of cycling and sometimes I need to drive to wherever I plan to ride.

On my sportage that I traded in for my Forte5, I had a receiver hitch and a bike rack that mounts to the hitch.
I have contemplated the idea of installing a hitch so my old rack doesn't go to waste but I don't think a hitch would look that great/work well on such a low vehicle.

That said, I did get a Solo bike rack from Saris (Solo 1-Bike Transport Rack - Saris) but the second time using it with my mountain bike, it put a few tiny dings on my rear hatch... :(
I am not a fan of trunk mount racks on hatchbacks because it blocks the rear wiper and I was also worried about it causing damage to my car due to the angle the rack goes on a hatchback (see example picture)

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What's anyone's thoughts on a roof rack mounting system? Or maybe another idea? I got the solo rack so I can store it in my trunk and pull it out when I need it.
 

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I do a lot of cycling and sometimes I need to drive to wherever I plan to ride.

On my sportage that I traded in for my Forte5, I had a receiver hitch and a bike rack that mounts to the hitch.
I have contemplated the idea of installing a hitch so my old rack doesn't go to waste but I don't think a hitch would look that great/work well on such a low vehicle.

That said, I did get a Solo bike rack from Saris (Solo 1-Bike Transport Rack - Saris) but the second time using it with my mountain bike, it put a few tiny dings on my rear hatch... :(
I am not a fan of trunk mount racks on hatchbacks because it blocks the rear wiper and I was also worried about it causing damage to my car due to the angle the rack goes on a hatchback (see example picture)

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What's anyone's thoughts on a roof rack mounting system? Or maybe another idea? I got the solo rack so I can store it in my trunk and pull it out when I need it.
I'm installing a hitch on my Koup this weekend to pull my Streetglide to Bikeweek in Daytona Beach.
 

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I'd love to see how it looks once it's installed. I'm primarily worried about ground clearance with my bike rack installed
 

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I've got some SportRack thing from Canadian Tire. got it many years ago. Model number is SR3161 I think.
I have test mounted it on my 5, without a bike on it though, and it seemed to fit without issue. It mounted on the tailgate itself and not on the window glass, am I am glad about that ,as I really don't like securing things against glass. Seemed to be pretty stable, did not cause fouling on the rear wiper either.
 

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The hitch doesn't look too out of place on the car but I think it might be too low to use with my hitch bike rack and still be able to get in and out of my driveway. Could you possibly give me a measurement from the ground to the hitch?

I've got some SportRack thing from Canadian Tire. got it many years ago. Model number is SR3161 I think.
I have test mounted it on my 5, without a bike on it though, and it seemed to fit without issue. It mounted on the tailgate itself and not on the window glass, am I am glad about that ,as I really don't like securing things against glass. Seemed to be pretty stable, did not cause fouling on the rear wiper either.
I may look into that rack. I tried mounting mine below the glass and at that angle, the tires of my bike ended up really close to the ground
 

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Holy salt, Batman! Wash that poor thing. :) (The total lack of salt on the road is just about the only thing I really like about Florida...)
That's about how my car would look but luckily the silver paint job makes the salt mess a little less noticable
 

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That's about how my car would look but luckily the silver paint job makes the salt mess a little less noticable
have you considered a roof mount instead? these are the best imo but maybe i don't know what i'm talking about since i don't own one yet.
also, pretty positive a road bike would fit inside the car with a front wheel off. that's how i'll be transporting for now.
 

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have you considered a roof mount instead? these are the best imo but maybe i don't know what i'm talking about since i don't own one yet.
also, pretty positive a road bike would fit inside the car with a front wheel off. that's how i'll be transporting for now.
I looked into a roof mount bike rack for my Koup and I was told by the roofrack shop that it's not possible - there's no mounting point and the frameless windows pose a problem if you are looking to mount via a 'side hook' type approach. I haven't done anything about it for now, but I will probably go with a Seasucker suction mount system - the beauty of that being that it simply goes on when you need it, and off when you don't. Also, I have a mate in the cycle industry and he tells me that they are actually pretty good - of course, they're not as good as a permanent roofrack, but if that's not possible (as would seem to be the case) then they are a solid second choice.
 

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I looked into a roof mount bike rack for my Koup and I was told by the roofrack shop that it's not possible - there's no mounting point and the frameless windows pose a problem if you are looking to mount via a 'side hook' type approach. I haven't done anything about it for now, but I will probably go with a Seasucker suction mount system - the beauty of that being that it simply goes on when you need it, and off when you don't. Also, I have a mate in the cycle industry and he tells me that they are actually pretty good - of course, they're not as good as a permanent roofrack, but if that's not possible (as would seem to be the case) then they are a solid second choice.
ahhh duh. i didn't think about you having a koup and the frameless window. i have the hatch so we have a frame. i'll have to take a look at a suction mount. that sounds pretty cool too.

edit: lol on the seasucker site there's a dude on his bike with it mounted! wow that's pretty insane that it holds that well. i'm sold! thanks for the counter suggestion :D
 

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ahhh duh. i didn't think about you having a koup and the frameless window. i have the hatch so we have a frame. i'll have to take a look at a suction mount. that sounds pretty cool too.

edit: lol on the seasucker site there's a dude on his bike with it mounted! wow that's pretty insane that it holds that well. i'm sold! thanks for the counter suggestion :D
Glad to help :). If you do end up getting one, would you mind posting again after you've used it for a while and let us know what you think - I'd be keen to hear some 'real world' stories.

Cheers,

Johno.
 
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