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What is the best way to mount an Xtracycle to the roof of your car?

Xtracycle has a few suggestions particilary a Thule or RockyMounts Tandem rack.

We have a Mazda CX-9 with factory cross bars. The problem with Xtracycle's suggestion is it will cost around $800 to buy all that gear. We are looking for a cheaper option.

We were considering the Sea Sucker Talon. That looks like it might work. It will be a task to get the big bike on to the roof of the car but we will only be doing this occasionally.

Our bike is a converted Bianchi which looks similar to this one. It's around 50+lbs.

  • Where there's a will, there's a way – Kibbee Jun 13 '15 at 21:42
  • @Kibbee That's awesome! – andy256 Jun 14 '15 at 4:57
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    My theory is: don't. Use a rear mounted rack instead. Bike on the roof costs so much extra fuel and sooner or later many people forget it's there and drive into a carport. The result is that the bike is a write-off and so is the car. – andy256 Jun 14 '15 at 5:05
  • @Kibbe Can you make that into an answer? – Willeke Jun 14 '15 at 6:20
  • If the length of the bike is legal, a hitch rack, or get a rack fabricated that holds the bike vertically off the hitch, Strop the top roof the rack back to the roof bars. For ideas have a look at here and talk to an engineering shop. – mattnz Jun 14 '15 at 8:20
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If the length of the bike is makes it legal, hitch rack with the bike sticking out would be the cheapest and easiest - You would be no wider than trailers and trucks, but care would be need to remember that. Get a rack fabricated that holds the bike vertically off the hitch, Strop the top roof the rack back to the roof bars. For ideas have a look at here and talk to an engineering shop.

Have a look for ideas to carry tandems - Here is one idea that would work.

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