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(ok, I admit it was mean, just trying to have some fun)
 

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https://bikesonroof.com/



I like the idea of hiding the remote or putting a milk crate or trash can in front of the garage door better.

Most fool-proof bet would be a height-appropriate seeing-eye beam, like they use at the entrance to 7-Eleven to activate the door chime, that would power on a rotating beacon inside the garage as the vehicle pulls into the driveway. Rigging a warning tone in the car would be bonus.
 

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I was warned over and over about getting a roof rack in Germany, for good reason. One can't get into parking garages with them, and with lower headroom on some basic roads, the risks of them getting ripped off are pretty good. We hear lots of reports on the Autobahn traffic reports of bikes on bike racks in the middle of the highway blocking traffic.

We took the advice and got a pretty expensive hitch mount (EU ones are way different, incorporating full lighting and a clamp for the ball).
 

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Jerk_Chicken said:
I was warned over and over about getting a roof rack in Germany, for good reason. One can't get into parking garages with them...
As in, head room so low there's no clearance with them stowed (no bike loaded)? Wow...

I need 9' of clearance with bikes loaded on my Legacy wagon -- just enough to keep me out of drivethrus (pat bike rack on back). I'm picturing some pretty sketchy roadways where less than 9' overhead clearance is a problem.
 

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As in, head room so low there's no clearance with them stowed (no bike loaded)? Wow...

I need 9' of clearance with bikes loaded on my Legacy wagon -- just enough to keep me out of drivethrus (pat bike rack on back). I'm picturing some pretty sketchy roadways where less than 9' overhead clearance is a problem.
Some city garages that I've seen have clearance that low, yes. While a hitch rack adds length and further reduces parking prospects, it's much better than eliminating one from a garage altogether.

As far as the roadways go, there are some narrow ones, or the exits from some highways lead to some sketchy headroom areas, with such things as signs or trees.

Now imagine trying to maneuver in a parking garage designed for the turning radius of a micro car and that's what we pretty much have.
 

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I have a empty plastic soda bottle that I hang on the outside of my garage. Its just a bottle with a shoe string through the bottle top. If I don't see the bottle, or hear the bottle hitting my windshield, before my bike hits the roof, then I deserve it.
 

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Here's the one I bought for my friend who was always running her bike into the garage overhead:

http://www.snewsnet.com/cgi-bin/snews/04778.html

It hangs from the inside of your garage door so that when you lift/open the door the sign hangs down in front of you. When the garage door is closed the sign lays against the back of the door, out of the way.

It is also reviewed on MTBR here:
http://www.mtbr.com/cat/accessories/extras/athletes-ideas/roof-rack-reminder/PRD_412495_117crx.aspx

It's been a big hit with her friends, family and neighbors. Most importantly, she hasn't run the bike into the garage in the last year and a half since using this sign :)
 

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Speedub.Nate said:
I like the idea of hiding the remote or putting a milk crate or trash can in front of the garage door better.
I used to do both of those things, and my system was fairly foolproof, but now both of my cars have Homelink (so there's no remote to hide) and my kid is now almost 7 and when returning from a ride with her I've asked her to go move the trash can so I can pull in. Thank god she was more on-the-ball than I was and said, "Dad, if I move the trash can you might pull in with the bikes on top!" D'oh!
 

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Nat said:
I used to do both of those things, and my system was fairly foolproof, but now both of my cars have Homelink (so there's no remote to hide) and my kid is now almost 7 and when returning from a ride with her I've asked her to go move the trash can so I can pull in. Thank god she was more on-the-ball than I was and said, "Dad, if I move the trash can you might pull in with the bikes on top!" D'oh!
Solution:

Blue masking tape over the homelink buttons when you leave...

"Hmmm, I wonder why this tape is here...?"
 

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photodog said:
Safest thing for me has been putting my garbage can in the way when I leave. Doesn't help when you're driving around town though.
I second that. When I was using a roof rack (since moved to a hitch mount), I had an orange safety cone (think road work) that I'd put in my parking spot in the garage, right close to the garage door. Never failed me once.

Also, it's small enough to store right in front of the garage's safety sensor, so it was always handy to move it over 5 feet, into the requisite spot.
 

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A buddy of mine put a big mirror on the wall in his garage,
so that he's looking right at his himself while pulling in.
You can't help but see the bikes.
 

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If I'm by myself, I will always fold down the seats of my Subaru wagon and put my bike inside. Otherwise, the http://www.rackvision.com solution gives me the confidence to put my bike on my roof. Also, I can monitor whatever is on the roof without getting out of the car. I tried a hitch mounted rack, but, I thought it was a pain to access the hatch.

The mirror in the garage is a good idea, but, what about banks, fast food drive-throughs, parking garages....
 
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