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All - I've got a 2011 Outback, I need to get a few bike trays. Not sure if it will be Yakima or Thule, but, leaning a bit toward Yakima.

Anyway, how many bikes can we fit on the roof with the stock load bars? I was wondering if we might be able to get 3 (two forward facing with a rear facing in the middle)? Or, would I need to get a wider crossbar to support three bikes?

Thanks for the help,
Mark
 

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You can fit 3, but the stock cross bars are absolutely terrible... Mine were so flexy that the rack hit my roof when I was pulling into a driveway at an angle. I use the Yakima Frontloader. Super easy to take on and off, but still super secure when paired with the locking cores.
 

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Dependent on the aftermarket cross bar width. Go look at pictures of the support cars for the Tour de France and other Pro Cycling races, they cram 6 or more frames on the roof. I could easily put 3 on my 50" Thule bars, and had room for a 4th, using fork mount trays. Typically you stagger, two facing front, two facing rear, wheels in the vehicle.

Agree with Connor, the OEM bars suck and the Yak Frontloader is a great bike rack and very well designed, not too expensive either, works well with a carbon frame.
 
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