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Old 05-30-2009, 04:26 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by dbisers View Post
Hi, Just came across this forum today and it has really got me thinking.

I'm a cyclist who uses his car primarily as an accessory for getting to bike races and mountain bike trails. I've been using a roof rack and of course noticed that it annihilates my mileage.

I've been driving a 98 Ford Escort sedan and may get a Ford Focus ZX-5 in the near future (a deal I cannot pass up).

I am seriously considering getting a hitch mount bike rack like this.

My questions is: has anyone built a kamm back style cover over one of these things and/or would it be worth it? If so any details as to design/construction would be very appreciated.

Another option of course would be to attempt to fabricate some kind of rack that would keep the bike(s) inside the car.


Dave,I kinda did it,but it was for a pickup.It could have been part of a receiver-hitch style setup,but it was just the unit with two inverted j-clamps which laid over the top of the gate,with a tension strap at the bottom to keep it snug.And it was inflatable,which isn't necessary.The T-100 got 30 mpg with it along with a half tonneau cover(about 5-mpg increase).Your sedan would probably benefit,more maybe,with some sort of decklid wing added.------ In September,Ill be experimenting with a boat tail trailer behind the truck.Something like this might be great for the bikes although certainly more ambitious.
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