(1) Get a nice rack, (2) stick your bike in a bag, or (3) pop it in a box.
High quality racks at decent prices are becoming the norm, so there is no excuse for securing your 3K rig to the rails with zip ties and a blanket. Whether you go roof, trunk, or hitch, do spend the extra coin for the locks and keys, or your trip to the Back 40 will end at the Motel 6.
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