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Thanks for the great article.

A friend of mine was in a hurry home recently with his beloved Ellsworth (ie. $$$) bike on his roof. He's had a bad day, traffic had been bad, his daughter was doing what tired kids do, mum was upset etc. and it was pouring.

Automatic roller doors are great things and so he hit the button and drove in in a cranky fashion. He said the force, the cracking and the rip to the roof of his shiny BMW wagon was "quite something" and unexpected. Really made his day. Bike was less damaged than expected - was a quality rack and must have given way to protect the bike. Car roof damage was heavy.

A few weeks later, car was fixed at great expense and bike was back on the road. He'd had a great day out mountain biking with a mate and they were heading home, again in rain. On the hunt for a bottle shop his mate spotted one and Alex swung in, again perhaps a little faster than necessary. You can imagine...

This time - two bikes and enormous damage to the roof of the car and even some to the bottle shop entrance. Very expensive lessons!

My preference is to always carry my bikes on a rear-mounted rack as I don't trust myself! Important to take care of rub points - I use cloth (artificial chamois) and tape to make sure frames don't rub when on long trips. Also useful to prevent harsh scratching damage to the car.

Cheers,
Dave from Sydney

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