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I really need to be able to carry my mountain bike in order to rationalize purchasing the 124. Two bike would be much preferred but I could (barely) live with carrying just one. Neither Yakima or Thule has the 124 in their bike carrier configurator. I have the ability to fabricate something myself if I can figure out an attachment point(s). It seems I might do one of the following.
1) get the luggage rack for the trunk top and fabricate an attachment to it that would mount the bike
2) I assume it is unibody construction (no frame) and so difficult to install an attachment point to the rear underside of the car for a bike mount but still it might be possible.

Any thoughts on how to pull this off?
 

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Saris evidently makes a 2 bike rack that will fit small convertibles, including the MX5 - so likely to fit the Fiat. Here's a link to a video showing installation -
. I think etrailer.com sells them.
 

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Wow, Thank you for the link to this fabricator, Oui-Oui. This is the solution I'd like to see for my bikes. I would never let those other bike racks touch my car, as shown above.

If anyone installs this Bethania solution (or similar) on their 124, please post pics of your installation. Greatly appreciated!
 

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had a curt hitch on my abarth 500, perfect. I'm wondering how tough it'll be to do a hitch mount on the 124 with that low light smack in the middle on the bottom of the bumber. I don't like the strap on hitches so will use my wife's 500X for now

My thanks, also. I prefer the hitch option, to keep from scratching up the trunk, bumper, etc.


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Has anyone a actually used the Saris Bones 2 or 3 on the Fiat Spider or any other bike carrier that works well?

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Having worked in the bike industry I can tell you, racks that touch your paint will scratch it. I would highly recommend using some clear protective paint film on the contact points.
 

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hitch bike rack for 2017 fiat 124 Spider

I investigated this.....that reverse light which is right in the middle of where you put a hitch is the big problem. I visited a custom hitch maker in Belmont (Midnight Auto), and he suggested fabricating a special panel that would go above that problematic light. This costs bucks. Then you have to buy a suitable rack that doesn't use pins, which eliminated the rack I had, so that was another $350.

I will continue to use my 1994 300ZX for all my triathlons biking events. My bike fits inside that wonderful car. My Fiat is his companion, so the Z can continue his long healthy life to transport me and my bike to all my events!

I had a 1978 Fiat 124 Spider many, many years ago when I first started triathlons, and he had a luggage rack on the trunk. I just mounted one of those inexpensive carriers on that (it didn't hit the car at all), and never had any problems transporting my bike that way!

I didn't know luggage racks were available on the new Spiders. I am going to look into that. That may be the most reasonable solution.
 

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Don't own a 124 yet. But, my plan is to remove the rear valance (with light pod) and use a hitch mount for the current MX5. Might cut out the reverse light I haven't decided yet. I had a hitch on every car I have owned in the past 30 years or so including my current crop an Abarth C, Audi TT roadster and smart ForTwo. Don't plan on stopping now. Each car needs to be able to take our (my wife and I) toys (bikes and kayaks) to the play area or they are NOT earning their keep.
 

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Does the hidden hitch for the ND fit the 124? Seems to me making a vertical drop ball mount with more drop to clear the valance shouldn't be too much of a problem. I want to pull a very small trailer with the Abarth. For example to a B&B near Skyline drive, leave the trailer there while out touring for the day. Just about the volume of a car topper box.
 

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Has anyone a actually used the Saris Bones 2 or 3 on the Fiat Spider or any other bike carrier that works well?

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This is in a separate thread already - but yes, I have a Bones 3 which works perfectly. Felt no effect on handling; I put pieces of... something, cloth will do... under the feet and nothing got scratched.

Have a look for the other post, but if difficult to find I can upload fitting hints.
 
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