Unlike Max' dreamy little number which, thanks to advanced German engineering, includes an Integrated Rack Management System, as punishment for shopping for my cars on the bargain rack I have no such capability on my Japanese blue-light special. Further, while the BRZ forums abound with stories of people throwing their 55cm road bikes and correspondingly midget-sized mountain bikes in the boot (that's the trunk, for you Americans), my full-size road bikes have absolutely no chance of fitting back there without removing everything off the frame that can be readily removed. And that goes triple for the mountain bikes.
I live at the end of a half-mile of dirt which empties onto an unpleasant state highway, so most of my rides leave from work or a few locations between home and work. Lacking a good bike rack solution for the 28 MPG BRZ, biking has resulted in me opting for the 13 MPG pickup truck instead.
|Yes We Can! (fit three bikes in the back seat of a pickup truck)|
|The plain brown box belies the genius held within|
|OK, I understand "sucker", but why "sea"?|
|White showing: No suction|
|Horizontal top-tube for that classic bike look.|
|Even with the bike on the roof, my car is still shorter than my truck.|
|Having the bike on the trunk lid is growing on me.|
So far I really like the sea-sucker. Though not everything is completely rosy.
- Based on Amazon reviews, the company seems to have some major customer service "issues".. As in, they don't respond to customer concerns. That bothers me.
- Unlike typical bike racks which are "install and forget", you do need to keep an eye on the Seasucker, making sure that the cups are suctioning
- There is some periodic maintenance of the pumps required.
- The seasucker is really designed to be removed from the car when not in transit. It could be stolen in, literally, about 3 seconds. Even with a bike attached.
- Besides, without a bike on it, it looks a bit goofy.
- Pricey. Over $200 for a rack that holds a single bike. Though not unreasonable if you're comparing to a 'rack system' that you'll use only for bikes anyway.
But as I use this a bit more, if it continues to perform as it has so far, then those concerns are ultimately not significant.