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So I'm trying to find a decent bike rack that will fit a Mazda 3 and a CX-9 so I can leave it on the car about town, but take it on the SUV for longer family trips. I ordered a Yakima MegaJoe Elite from Dicks Sporting goods. ($69 on sale!) I've been waiting all week for my order to arrive with mixed information online about whether or not it'll fit, then I open the packaging to see the CX-9 clearly listed as a "No Fit" vehicle.

And I was hoping to drive the bike to work and ride home tomorrow to start off the weekend. Grrrrrr!

So.... Anybody got an opinion on the Yakima King Joe vs. Saris Bones? Is looking like those two are my best options.
 

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I've used the Saris Bones and also the Thule Raceway rear rack on a pretty wide range of vehicles.
I am in the car business and switch between cars fairly often.
You shouldn't have a problem mounting either one of these on your Mazdas.

P.S. The Thule has a locking features;
one for the rack to the car
and one for the bike in the last mounting position.
 

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This is one of those areas to go to a dedicated LBS and get input and order from and spend the extra coin. They make the systems damn complicated, and shopping yourself it is far too easy to skip something in compatibility that breaks the whole artifice.

OP, Id honestly would be surprised if you came on and said you got the same roof rack system to work on two different vehicles work with minimal problems/effort.
 

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So I'm trying to find a decent bike rack that will fit a Mazda 3 and a CX-9 so I can leave it on the car about town, but take it on the SUV for longer family trips. I ordered a Yakima MegaJoe Elite from Dicks Sporting goods. ($69 on sale!) I've been waiting all week for my order to arrive with mixed information online about whether or not it'll fit, then I open the packaging to see the CX-9 clearly listed as a "No Fit" vehicle.

And I was hoping to drive the bike to work and ride home tomorrow to start off the weekend. Grrrrrr!

So.... Anybody got an opinion on the Yakima King Joe vs. Saris Bones? Is looking like those two are my best options.
that's why you need to check the manufacturer's sites for compatibility prior to ordering. A little legwork up front prevents a hassle like you're experiencing.
 

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We used a hitch rack on our Honda Accord 2-door, and Kuat rack. The rack is very good quality, really easy to use, and includes a locking cable and even a maintenance stand attachment.

The locking cable wouldn't stop a serious thief, but it's more than sufficient for quick stops, etc..
 

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A hitch would be the best way to go, but you are looking at some coin to get 2 hitches plus a rack (~$500).

Why not keep the Thule on the 3 and put the bike in the back of the CX9? Unless you have car seats that cannot be easily moved, I bet you can fit a bike with the front wheel removed and one half of the back seats folded flat.
 

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^^^ what tednugent said

I'm guessing you went to the Yakima site and did the "fit my car" and realized the King Joe is the way to go for the CX9. Will Dick's exchange the MegaJoe for the KingJoe? Might be your easiest solution.

I'm with everyone on the hitch setup. Absolutely love my 1up.
 

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We bought a Mazda5, bikes fit in the back :)

In all honesty I've used the bones on my former Mazda3 sedan and had no issues. You just need to be careful because any trunk mounted rack will mar the paint surface if left on long enough...

Personally I am not a fan of any rack and feel much more secure with the bikes in the car. With our Mazda5 we can fit three bikes and 3 adults, with gear, without any issue...Now these are smaller sized bike (54 and down) and average sized adults.
 

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We bought a Mazda5, bikes fit in the back :)

In all honesty I've used the bones on my former Mazda3 sedan and had no issues. You just need to be careful because any trunk mounted rack will mar the paint surface if left on long enough...

Personally I am not a fan of any rack and feel much more secure with the bikes in the car. With our Mazda5 we can fit three bikes and 3 adults, with gear, without any issue...Now these are smaller sized bike (54 and down) and average sized adults.
I have a Thule rack system for the factory crossbars on my 02 Protege5 hatchback. Bikes go right up with no need to pull wheels, and keep room for 4 adults and luggage for light touring rides .
 

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A friend had one of those trunk racks stolen off the back of her car. The thieves cut the straps and took the rack just before she got downstairs with her bike. It was filmed on the parking lot surveillance but it was too fast for security to do anything. The thieves really knew what they were doing. Is there a secure way to carry bikes on a corvette?
 

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Is there a secure way to carry bikes on a corvette?
As said by others, the only secure way to carry a bike or bikes is to carry them inside the car. What makes some people dismiss this notion immediately is the need to take one or both wheels out of the frame.

But it's not that big a deal if you know what you're doing. Most people are not good at it simply because they don't do it often enough. But if you remove and replace wheels every time you take your bike somewhere, you get very good at it and will be able to do it in an amazingly short time.

Not an anti-bike rack rant—just an alternative that, IMO, gets often turned down quickly for the wrong reasons. And I understand that this rarely works if you normally have your car full of people and luggage.
 

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I've used the Saris Bones and also the Thule Raceway rear rack on a pretty wide range of vehicles.
I am in the car business and switch between cars fairly often.
You shouldn't have a problem mounting either one of these on your Mazdas.

P.S. The Thule has a locking features;
one for the rack to the car
and one for the bike in the last mounting position.
Second on the Thule Raceway. I have one and it works great. Locking features (of both the bike and the rack), and the installation is super easy...so much in fact, we take it on and off as needed instead of leaving it on. They even have a "fit" guide on their site that will tell you if a rack is "GO, NO GO" for your exact car.
 

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Second on the Thule Raceway. I have one and it works great. Locking features (of both the bike and the rack), and the installation is super easy...so much in fact, we take it on and off as needed instead of leaving it on. They even have a "fit" guide on their site that will tell you if a rack is "GO, NO GO" for your exact car.
Me too. I'll put on the rack to get bike to bike shop for a repair, then off. Less than a minute to put on or off once initial setup is done.
 

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Thanks, all, for the replies. Two major factors I didn't mention are that I do indeed have children's car seats in both vehicles that make interior storage a challenge, and that amidst a summer kitchen remodel, hitch costs are going to be prohibitive.

The Saris Bones is compatible with both vehicles and I picked up a near-mint 3 bike version on Craigslist as of this morning. $90 and the problem is solved for now.

Especially thanks for the notes on theft/security. Food for thought as I face the new opportunities the rack affords.
 

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I've always been a Saris Bones fan since it fits sedans and hatchbacks or crossovers (like the CX9) well. I first got it in 2005 for my 2002 Chevy Cavalier Sport coupe because I needed a rack that fit easily over spoilers. I've kept it for my 2012 Ford Focus Titanium hatchback, and it was simply a matter of rotating the arms a bit to mount it.
 
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