Best Bike Rack Solution for Gen4?

Discussion in 'Gen 4 Prius Accessories and Modifications' started by PhillJ, May 8, 2016.

  1. PhillJ

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    Hi all!

    Been loving the new car ever since I got it — but my bike riding habits have suffered since the trunk-mount rack I had for my Scion xB doesn't fit.

    Has anyone already solved this problem? I nearly bought the cargo cross bars and a roof mount, but that's a bit more expensive than a trunk mounted thing I can get for less than $200. The problem is, almost one of the rack sites are updated to account for the 2016 model still. Any recommendations? Should I just go ahead and get the rails? Or can someone point me to a good, cheaper solution for a trunk-mount?


    Thanks!
     
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    I assume there's some reason why you can't just put your bicycle(s) in the back of the Prius with the rear seat flipped down? My bicycle is a large frame size (60cm I think) and it fits in easily with the front wheel removed. That would save a lot of $$, and if you find that doesn't work you could get a roof rack later when they become available. I prefer carrying bikes on the roof because trunk mounting interferes with opening the rear hatch. And bumper mounts add the extra weight of a bumper hitch ALL the time, even when you're not hauling bikes.

    The State of the Roof Rack is discussed here:
    Desperately seeking roof rack for 2016 Prius (Four Touring) | PriusChat
     
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    Thanks for the info. :) Mainly I'd like to avoid putting the bike in the back because of dirt and mess associated with mountain biking. If I can just hose the car off that's a lot better than cleaning out the interior every time I go biking.

    I'm just trying to keep costs down + have some concerns about wind noise with the roof rails (plus a trunk mount is easily removable.)
     
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    I use a Cargo Tray Plus (PriusChat Shop) to keep mess under control back there (note dog at left, often not as clean as she looks). If it were going to be really messy, I'd lay down a tarp, one of those reinforced plastic ones. The low-cost/no-air-drag option, might be worth a try.

    Yes the Yakima round bars create quite a ruckus, especially when there is nothing on them. Haven't used the various foil shaped bars (the Prius Cargo Bars look as though they will have a foil shape). On a previous car I used a Yakima deflector on the front bar with Yakima round bars and that helped a lot.
     
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    Hmm. Fair enough. If I went with the OEM bars, any recommendations for a good rack for it?
     
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    You're right, I hadn't thought about that. It's not clear what attachments will fit on it. So maybe it's best to go with Thule unless Yakima becomes available sooner. Both of them offer various bike mounts. Now I carry my bike inside the car, but I used to like racks where you took off the front wheel and used a quick release to clamp the front forks to the rack because I thought it held the bike more solidly.
     
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    You could also install a trailer hitch receiver, then use a receiver-mount bike rack. Installing a hitch is a little tricky, but a handy person can do it. UHaul charged me $85 labor to install mine, and I thought that was fair. The hitch itself costs $100-$150.
     
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    I agree with a hitch mounted setup. A: It doesn't get in the way of airflow and B: You don't have to worry about paint damage from mounting/clamping something to the body. I already had a hitch on mine when I purchased it but I've installed many and they are easy to do. I actually have a hitch bike carrier ordered from Amazon that's suppose to arrive today. I purchased the Saris Freedom 2. It's the pricey way to go but the best and most secure in my opinion.
     
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    I installed a trailer hitch with no wiring - with install cost me $190 at Uhaul. I then put a Thule rack on and it works AWESOME. Best part is the hatch can still open fully with this rack on.
     
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    I've been thinking about this issue as well. I am still on the fence about whether or not to buy the trailer hitch like I have on the Scion. I'm sure my Thule would fit in the hitch but I want to be able to take my mountain bike and gear to work and cycle after work so I don't want my bike just hanging out there even with lock. So I bought the weather tech liner for the rear and the front mats, so far I love the mats, haven't tried the rear cargo yet but I will. I will probably buy the hitch for my rack so I can carry more bikes though. I like the curt hitch.
     
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    I have 2 kids and carseats are in all the time, so putting the bike in the car is a no-go for me. I have been trying to figure this out so thanks for the pics and can't' wait to see more options!
    I remember there was a "warning" about the Gen 3 and hatch mounted options as the back glass could break? Any word with this and the Gen 4?
     
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    Hitches are on all of our car. Install on the Prius is as easy as it gets. very useful for all of the different things you can than add for a vacation or big box overflow. It's a bummer that they stopped mfg. the larger receiver - but the adapter to enlarge solves the issue. Total cost of hitch alone in under 100 post paid w/ no wiring n takes less than a hr to remove n replace 4 bolts
     
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