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<p>When we planned our upcoming trip, it was going to be mom and two kids.  No biggie to pack all our camping gear and two bikes.  Well... things changed and we're up to mom, four kids and the hound dog.  No room for the bikes!</p>
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<p>That means--we need a bike rack for the two bikes!  What I really want is one that goes on a trailer hitch, but the van doesn't have one and since we'll probably be replacing the van in another couple years, it doesn't make sense to add one at this point.  We could go with the roof rack option, but we'd need two (I'm assuming one rack=one bike?).  Or, the cheapest option would be one with all the straps to attach to the back of the van.  I am tempted to go with the cheapest option since we will very rarely (if ever?) use it again.</p>
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<p>What say ye LIT?  Any brand you prefer?  Any to avoid at all cost?</p>
 

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<p>i have all sorts, the rack that goes on the back is pretty common for a bit over $100, I have a Saris that works well, it uses 6 straps instead of 4, which helps a lot.  Adding some bungee cords helps keep the bikes from banging around so much.  Hitch racks are cheap and sturdy, but you don't have a hitch.  For the roof, you need to usually buy load bars, cross bars and two bike mounts and perhaops two wheel forks if the wheels won't fit inside.  Expect to spend 300+ to get all that stuff.  Cheap roof racks fall apart if you leave them on the roof in the weather.   If you have and existing roof rack on the van, you can buy inexpensive fork mount carriers called Rocky Mounts for a good price.   If you need to carry front wheels on the roof, lash them to the bikes with bungee cords.</p>
 

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<p>I've also heard good things about the Saris racks.</p>
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<p>I have a hitch rack, which I love, but that doesn't help you.  We got it for half price on huck and roll a while back.</p>
 

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<p>The van has the factory installed roof rack, so I should be able to attach something like a Rocky Mount? </p>
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<p>Given we have about 500miles each way, which would you rather use for your bike--roof rack or strap on the back of the van?</p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>4boysmom</strong> <a href="/forum/thread/69194/bike-rack-for-van#post_1928452"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>The van has the factory installed roof rack, so I should be able to attach something like a Rocky Mount? </p>
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<p>Given we have about 500miles each way, which would you rather use for your bike--roof rack or strap on the back of the van?</p>
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<p>strap on back of van is easy to take off, but you lose access to back door of van.  rocky mounts are about $80 each so price is similar.  They are louder and will cost you some mpg's and you have to be careful to remember they are up there going through drive throughs and parking ramps.  I'd get the rocys and figure you can use them on the next van when needed, the go on pretty easy and don't make a racket if you leave them on all summer<br>
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<p>I bought 2 Saris 6 strappers and have used them on 5 different vehicles and had them on 24x7 since 2004. Well, one was until the steel rotted out and then got replaced by the second one (we now have a hitch unit for the SUV) but still, I think it last 4 yrs or more? pretty good for $95</p>
 

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<p>I highly recommend the Saris Bones. I have one that attaches to the back of the car/minivan and has room for 3 bikes. It's very easy to use.</p>
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<p>BTW, I also picked up a neat idea for the Saris: One problem with Saris is that the plastic "feet" tend to dig into the top of the trunk. I saw one user solve this problem by covering the "feet" with washclothes/dishclothes.  </p>
 
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