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Bianchigirll 05-16-12 08:34 AM

How did I miss this? I am trying to think if I ever used much Rhode Gear stuff... I know Isold a ton of it esp the child seats.


BluesDaddy glad your happy with the rack. I always thought they were cool but it just never took off for some reason.

Pars 05-16-12 09:07 AM

Yep, had a couple of their water bottles/mounts (the one the bottle had a wedge on it to slide into the mount).

I also have one of their brake hood mirrors. Can see better with it than with the bar end mirror I use now. Only downside is the metal will chew into the brake hood a bit, and since brake hoods are getting expensive, I don't use mine anymore.

Slammin Sammy 05-22-12 06:43 AM

Rg brake hood mirrors
 
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Originally Posted by Pars (Post 14230502)
Yep, had a couple of their water bottles/mounts (the one the bottle had a wedge on it to slide into the mount).

I also have one of their brake hood mirrors. Can see better with it than with the bar end mirror I use now. Only downside is the metal will chew into the brake hood a bit, and since brake hoods are getting expensive, I don't use mine anymore.

I originally bought one in Salt Lake City in 1983, and brought it to Australia with me when I moved here in 1985. In 1996, I saw a RIGHT HAND version in a shop in Newcastle NSW, which I snatched up as we drive on the left in these parts. I loved them so much, I used to use both!

Unfortunately, my left one got smashed just recently, but I'm OK with that. I would REALLY like to find another right one, however, for my wife's bike, as she's nervous in traffic and no other mirror suits (believe me, I've bought them all!).

I'm serious about getting one made up. I'll post the result when it's finished.

Cheers!

Gallo 05-22-12 08:15 AM

I still have their panniers up in the attic collecting dust as it has been a long time since I toured without some support. I had the rack from them as well that fell victim to too many lay downs on my MTB. The nylon cover over the top of the rack made an effective fender and kept my sleeping bag cleaner during touring and doubling up as a dirt guard the rest of the year. I had the speedometer with heart rate and cadence sold in the mid eighties way ahead of the times. Never had the heart monitor as it was expensive. The flick stand rocked went through a couple of those. Bought the kid carrier and both girls loved to ride in the back.

Well designed products that always got my attention. Yakima should bring back the name and some accessories especially the flick stand.

20grit 05-23-12 06:30 AM

I just mounted an older Rhode Gear trunk rack on my car for making a trip to North Carolina this weekend. Seems like a solid piece of equipment other than the rubber straps for securing the bike have degraded/disappeared long ago.

iTod 05-23-12 06:48 AM

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Originally Posted by 20grit (Post 14260592)
I just mounted an older Rhode Gear trunk rack on my car for making a trip to North Carolina this weekend. Seems like a solid piece of equipment other than the rubber straps for securing the bike have degraded/disappeared long ago.

I have an old hitch mounted Rhode Gear rack. It's unusual in that instead of mounting to the hitch, it mounts under the ball. I guess it would allow you to haul 2 bikes and a trailer or boat. I got it a few years ago for 15 USD off of CL. I've found replacement straps online - apparently, Yakima no longer sells any replacement/repair parts for these.
I have found a source online for replacement straps, but at $10.00 each I just don't know if it's worth it. What do you use in their stead?

dddd 05-23-12 12:16 PM

Oh, TRUNK RACK, I was thinking RACK TRUNK, the bread loaf-sized piece of luggage that sits atop the rear rack on the bike.
Rhode Gear made a good one, and I still have it on my old Pro-Flex 253 Hybrid.

20grit 05-23-12 01:37 PM

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Originally Posted by iTod (Post 14260657)
I have an old hitch mounted Rhode Gear rack. It's unusual in that instead of mounting to the hitch, it mounts under the ball. I guess it would allow you to haul 2 bikes and a trailer or boat. I got it a few years ago for 15 USD off of CL. I've found replacement straps online - apparently, Yakima no longer sells any replacement/repair parts for these.
I have found a source online for replacement straps, but at $10.00 each I just don't know if it's worth it. What do you use in their stead?

I'm going to try some of the bungee ball things that come with the large canopy tents for securing the tarp. I'm going to tie off a small section to loop around on end of the hook and then stretch it over, hooking the other side.

We'll see if my bike goes bouncing down the road.

jebejava 05-23-12 04:38 PM

woodrupjoe - I went to RISD too and finished in 1981. Maybe we know each other?

The Rhode Gear founders did indeed go to RISD in Providence, R.I. Their first product, the Flickstand started the company off around 1976 or 1977, if I recall. By the end of the 80s or early 90s, Rhode Gear had been bought by Bell and they became Newbold Design and branched out to design and develop products such as child car seats apart from bike related products. The company folded after the untimely death of the principal, I think in the late 90s.

I knew one of the designers and on a late night visit to the studio saw full suspension mountain bikes for the first time. I was even more amazed when we went for a ride in the building's former production space up and down stairs and over all kinds of stuff on the floors!

I have one of the tool pods from an early production or prototype run in which the broaching for the bits was too tight. You needed a tool to use the tool (a pair of pliers). Other RG products I've had are the Ultralight helmet, a pair of shorts, and the Atmos pump which pumped on both the push and pull strokes.

crank_addict 10-06-13 06:24 PM

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thread defibrillation Rhode Gear flick stand


Is there any other maker today offering a similar device? For old pipe and or newer downtubes. Yes, I realize the generation of fatty tubes says forget about it and gram weenies gawk, but the Flickstand worked.

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WesternFlyer18 10-06-13 06:34 PM

YES on the Flickstand, very small, light, clever, useful.

Chombi 10-06-13 07:08 PM

It also helped that they had some of the nicest looking ads in cycling magazines in the 80's. Never was interested in adding a racks to my bikes, but I still read their ads as they look so well done.... Theri racks looked surprisingly much more modern than most racks from Europe at that time. The all satin black finish on their products made them look very slick!

thenomad 10-06-13 10:28 PM

just picked up a Univega Gran Turismo with a Rhode Gear rear rack on it.
Lighter than my blackburn and triangulated in the rear stays so stronger. Well made. I'll use the Blackburn I have only because it has the convenient track for my trunk bag/pannier combo.

Pompiere 10-07-13 05:30 AM

I bought a Flickstand years ago, when I only had one bike. Now I wish I had a few more for the rest of my bikes. Everyone who sees it, wonders what it is, then, when they see how it works, wants to get one for their bike.

I also had one of the water bottles with the special holder. I lost the bottle at some point, and the holder is useless for anything else.

Old Yeller 10-07-13 08:50 AM

I have a Rhode Gear bike rack of sorts that clamps to the bed rail of a pickup truck with a built in quick release skewer to clamp the fork. No pictures yet, I am at work but will add later.

As promised...

http://i257.photobucket.com/albums/h...ps777b2b94.jpg

Old Yeller 10-07-13 04:36 PM

Oh! I also had the water bottle on my Fuji Royale and the handlebar hide on my Raleigh Competition. That stuff was a total PITA to put on but I loved the feel of it. It was a poor boys Almarc leather wrap back when I was 16.

7/8timing 10-07-13 05:18 PM

Anyone care to explain how the flik stand works/ what is it? I've never seen one.


EDIT; why is it worth $60???
http://www.ebay.com/itm/RHODE-GEAR-F...item1e80df56fb

Old Yeller 10-07-13 05:40 PM

It's not worth $60 but is very good at stabilizing the front wheel from rolling or handlebars from turning when you park your bike. Ooh, that reminds me of my Jim Blackburn Brake Block.... It sort of does the same thing by inserting it in your engaged front brake lever effectively locking the front brake when you park your bike but doesn't keep your handlebars from turning.

http://i257.photobucket.com/albums/h...ps5328ba39.jpg

seedsbelize 04-06-14 03:23 PM

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Zombie yes. But fitting. I was sent here from an otherwise useless google search. Can anyone explain to me how this mirror is meant to be mounted? thanks



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Chombi 04-06-14 06:19 PM

I guess we now know where Simplex dumped all their leftover stocks of Delrin in the mid 80's.....:rolleyes:

Grand Bois 04-07-14 07:05 AM

That reminds me that I have a couple of Flickstands still in their original bags. I got them from Bigbossman a while ago and never got around to using them.

Bruce27 04-08-14 05:18 PM

Have a Rhode Gear truck rack, rear bag, and flickstands. Flickstands are super.

Grand Bois 04-09-14 04:21 PM

I just put a Flickstand on my Gitane TdF. It's pretty slick, but I wish it wasn't over the down tube foil sticker.

rootboy 04-09-14 04:33 PM

Did you coat the underside with anything? I might.

Bruce27 04-09-14 05:04 PM

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Originally Posted by rootboy (Post 16656898)
Did you coat the underside with anything? I might.

Good point. I wonder if a slice of a 3M screen protector would do the trick.


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