We were preparing for a road trip, we knew it would involve a family bike ride, and we wanted to take Lucy along. Ergo we needed to find a solution for hauling the Haul a Day down the road. This picture from 2007 shows that we are no strangers to toting weird bikes on our car using either a roof rack or a hitch rack, but I wanted a simpler solution.
A couple of weeks ago, I did try to mount the Haul a Day on our roof rack, but I had some difficulty with it due to a lack of upper body strength (from a broken collarbone), as well as the fact that our current ride had a higher roof than our old Subaru. After some following of a FB thread, I decided to go for another hitch mounted rack. I chose the Sport Rack Crest rack because they happened to be selling it at the place where I got a hitch put on our Mazda5. It seemed to get pretty good reviews, it looked like it would easily handle the HaD’s wheelbase, and it was less than half the price of the Thule equivalent.
My biggest concern was whether the loop type wheel holders were going to hit the low slung derailleur (as opposed to a tray type wheel holder). Here you can see if the chain is in the smallest rear cog, there is plenty of clearance. Note also that the kickstand is sticking through the spokes of the wheel on the adjacent bike.
I did have to remove the Big Foot rests as well.
I was a bit concerned about the width of the bike mounted this way, so I decided to remove the fixed front basket. This way, both ends of the bike do not extend beyond the side mirrors of the vehicle.
Having just returned from our road trip, I am happy to report that there were no issues with the bike rack.
In summary, I really like this new rack, it works very well for a Haul a Day and one other bike, and it is smaller and lighter than my old Sportsworks rack.