So, I'd been using Thule roof racks for years. I had a set of Thule Criteriums that I'd been transferring from car to car for about 9 years now. Loved them (except that I couldn't take my bike to work because I park in an underground parking garage). This past April, I traveled to Vegas with 2 buddies of mine to do some MTB riding. Our first day in town, we got up bright and early to trek out to Bootleg Canyon. I should have had my coffee, because I was confused and having a hard time getting out of the parking lot. I finally saw an opening out of the parking lot through a pedestrian overpass. As I headed towards the overpass, my buddies were buried in their cellphones. None of us gave the overpass much thought or notice. Unfortunately, I forgot I had 3 29er MTB's loaded on the roof racks. Not good. The bikes missed clearing the overpass by about 4 inches, causing significant damage to all three of the mountain bikes. As the leading edge of the bikes hit the overpass, they peeled the bikes up, and bent them back causing racks to buckle up and break, and also pushing down onto the back of the roof, causing it to buckle. As the rear window crashed in on us, it sounded like a large explosion. My buddy in the back seat got glass all over him. As I put the car in reverse to back away from the overpass, the two bikes on the end of the racks had broken off the rack arm but were still attached to the wheel straps, so they fell, slamming on the side of my doors. Turned out to be a scene out of a goofy insurance commercial. After the incident, I sent my car to a BMW dealer in Vegas to get fixed, rented some bikes from a local shop and a truck to transport us around. 53 days later, I got my car back. This time around, I thought I try out a hitch rack. So I went to Uhaul, and had them mount a hitch (cost about $300). I then bought myself a 1 Up USA hitch mounted rack. The rack is an awesome machined piece of art. It folds up nice and compact, fitting nicely in the back of my trunk with lots of room to spare. It weighs about 26 1/2 pounds, so it's not too heavy to carry around. Installing is pretty quick and easy, taking only about 2 minutes. It unfolds nicely. It slides in easily into the hitch receiver Once in the receiver, it tightens up in place using a proprietary Allen wrench that's provided with the hitch. Once tightened, it's rock solid, with absolutely no side to side or up/down movement. The proprietary allen bolt mount allows the rack to be effectively theft proof. The rack holds onto the bike without any part of the rack touching the frame. The arms are designed to slide on to the tires easily, and once pushed on, remain locked in place until lifting up on the red levers at the bottom. When no bike is mounted, you can fold the rack up for clearance. The rack is part of a modular system, which allows up to 3 bikes with a 1 1/4" hitch and up to 4 bikes with a 2" hitch. The base rack carrier is $299. Additional racks bolt on to the base rack in a bout 30 seconds using the same allen bolt/key system. Each one is $199. It may sound like a boat load to spend on a rack, but the overall system even with hitch installed is a couple of hundred dollars cheaper than my Thule set up. Admittedly, it's not aesthetically cool as my roof rack set up. But it's quieter than the roof rack and I get an extra 2mpg now. And I can now take my bike to work for after work excursions with friends. Another big plus is that it comes fully assembled right out of the box.