I haven't seen much talk about this but does anybody have bike racks mounted on their Soul? Looking for pictures and specs if possible. Thanks.
Just joined the forum after a Google search brought me to this post. Do you still have those pictures of the bike rack you installed? I know it was awhile since you posted, but I just got a Soul a few weeks ago and I'm now looking for ways to transport bikes with it. Not too interested in a roof solution, so I'd love to see how your solution worked out, and how it's going now. Any problems?I did a curtis hitch with a Thule swing away 4 bike rack. I have photos on my iphone. I will try to put them on tonight if I get time. I love the set up and I don't have to climb on top to load and unload.
You really have to strap or bungee a hanging rack to keep the bike pedal or front wheel from hitting the car. Saris makes a strap for the front wheel and you can use pretty much anything to keep the pedals and back wheel from moving.A hitch rack is the only way to go... doesn't touch the paint, and keeps the bikes out of the wind for better mileage and, unless it rains, a cleaner bike. No bugs! 1 1/4" Curt hitch at $150ish (easy install, easier than most roof racks!) and a 1 1/4" Craigslist bike rack for $100, you're golden. Of course, it doesn't carry kayaks... or Home Depot lumber... that's what trailers are for!
You don't even have to take the wheel off. If you maneuver it right, you can get a bike in the back with the back seats down. You just have to put it in front first and turn the wheel so that it sits vertically in the space behind the front seats. You'll have just enough room to close the hatch.^^^^^
To keep the wheels straight just run a bungee through the front and back wheels, in a loop. That keeps the front straight and the back from turning, which keeps the pedals from turning.
Toe straps are handy, nice for clamping brake levers, but kind of short for this application. The velcro straps for wrapping pants leg, to keep away from chain, are good too, for clamping brakes, etc, during repairs.
There is a Thule 4-bike rack on sale now, that would be a good deal. Even though it will hold 4 bikes, they are nice for 2, because you can space them out, a little more.
The 4-bike is less expensive than the 3-bike.
Has anyone been pulling front wheel with a road bike and hauling in back with seat down?
I hardly ever haul my bike, where I live, I just ride from home, so I hate to spend at least $200 for a trailer hitch and a rack. As far as a roof rack, I'm about 5"9" and would not want to be reaching up to the roof to secure.
I like that way the perry craft rack looks. does anyone who has one know how they hold up over time. im not interested in the hitch rack. i would rather put the bike inside. but i dont think my mountain bike will fit unless i take both wheels off. im 6'5 so there big bikes.Bike Rack is Yakima High Roller.
Link to Yakima High Roller:
Yakima HighRoller - Yakima Roof Mount Bike Racks
Here are some pixs:
Roof rack made by Perrycraft DynaSport
Link to Perrycraft:
Perrycraft DynaSport Roof Rack
Our site sponsor Shark Racing, is also seeling roof rack. Here's the link: