Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

Fifty Plus (50+) Share the victories, challenges, successes and special concerns of bicyclists 50 and older. Especially useful for those entering or reentering bicycling.

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 01-23-09, 04:46 PM   #1
ecrider
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
ecrider's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Corpus Christi, Texas
Bikes: 2008 Trek FX 7.1, 1984 Fuji Esprit, 2009 Jamis Aurora Elite
Posts: 270
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Bus bike racks

I've been toying with the idea of riding a couple miles to the bus stop and taking the bus downtown within a mile of work. My question is about the bus bike racks. Are those racks hard on a bicycle? I'd like to hear from anyone who has had experience with them. Thanks.
ecrider is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-23-09, 06:06 PM   #2
RonH
Life is good
 
RonH's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2001
Location: Not far from the Withlacoochee Trail. 🚴🏻
Bikes: 2001 Litespeed Tuscany and 2014 Cannondale SuperSix EVO Hi-Mod
Posts: 16,662
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 178 Post(s)
I've used the bus bike racks (Sportworks brand) several times. Never had any problems with the racks (very easy to use) and no damage to bikes.
__________________


The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy. - Psalm 103:8
RonH is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-23-09, 06:09 PM   #3
europa
Grumpy Old Bugga
 
europa's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Adelaide, AUSTRALIA
Bikes: Europa, Hillbrick, Road Chief, Repco Superlite (Ol' Rusty)
Posts: 3,327
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Go have a look in the commuting forum mate. There's been a bit of discussion there from time to time (do a search). Depending on your set up and the type of bus rack, you can have problems or things damaged, but if you've got the right set up, it needn't be a problem.

As for which set up it is, I don't know because I didn't pay much attention - they tried to introduce them here but the bus drivers refused to drive the buses so we never got them.

Richard
europa is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-23-09, 06:23 PM   #4
ecrider
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
ecrider's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Corpus Christi, Texas
Bikes: 2008 Trek FX 7.1, 1984 Fuji Esprit, 2009 Jamis Aurora Elite
Posts: 270
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Thanks, Europa. This does belong on another site. I'm just used to going here.
ecrider is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-23-09, 06:28 PM   #5
Rick@OCRR
www.ocrebels.com
 
Rick@OCRR's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Los Angeles area
Bikes: Several bikes, Road, Mountain, Commute, etc.
Posts: 6,001
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 21 Post(s)
As RonH. said, they are made by Sportworks, are very well made, easy to use, and do not damage your bike. The only warning is that they can (note: usually don't) damage fenders, since the retaining hook is designed to come down on a tire without fenders.

No fenders, no worries. If you want to use fenders (mudguards to Stepfam and probably Europa), then get the thick plastic or chrome steel type and stay away from aluminum (aluminium to Stepfam and probably Europa) and wooden fenders. Though . . . I have to say, the wooden ones are absolutely beautiful!

http://www.notempire.com/images/uplo...tled-1-823.jpg

Rick / OCRR
Rick@OCRR is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-23-09, 06:51 PM   #6
Artkansas 
Pedaled too far.
 
Artkansas's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: La Petite Roche
Bikes:
Posts: 12,855
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
The Central Arkansas Transit has the SportWorks racks on all their buses. I've used them to carry both my Specialized Hard Rock with fenders and my Bacchetta Giro 20 with fenders. Both have always arrived unscathed. In fact being able to fit on the bus rack was one of my criteria when purchasing the Bacchetta.

I have heard reports that carbon-fiber bikes don't always do so well, particularly the forks get destroyed by the bike waving back and forth while the wheel is kept immobile by the hook.

While my bikes have been unscathed, my biggest problem has been with drivers. The each have their own ideas about what should happen. I usually put the hook on the front tire, just in front of the fender (Freddy Fenders). I've had drivers instruct me to put the hook over the fender and under the fender. There is no arguing with them. But most don't care.

I've only had a couple of problems. 1) The windshield wiper of the bus caught the handlebars of my Specialized Hard Rock and tore the bike off the rack. The driver stopped and I got out in the rain to put my bike back in place. 2) The driver did not like having the seatback of my recumbent in front of her. She called the supervisors and one came out and took pictures of the offending bike, and they had me put the Bacchetta into the front rack where it faced the opposite direction and did not bother the driver.
__________________
"He who serves all, best serves himself" Jack London

Quote:
Originally Posted by Bjforrestal View Post
I don't care if you are on a unicycle, as long as you're not using a motor to get places you get props from me. We're here to support each other. Share ideas, and motivate one another to actually keep doing it.

Last edited by Artkansas; 01-24-09 at 09:41 PM.
Artkansas is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-23-09, 08:30 PM   #7
Roody
Sophomoric Member
 
Roody's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Dancing in Lansing
Bikes:
Posts: 23,732
Mentioned: 4 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 297 Post(s)
The racks work well. The worst thing that happened to me is that my computer fell off. Now I take everything off my bike before I put it on the rack. (computer, lights, water bottle)
__________________

"Think Outside the Cage"
Roody is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-24-09, 07:53 AM   #8
John E
feros ferio
 
John E's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2000
Location: www.ci.encinitas.ca.us
Bikes: 1959 Capo; 1980 Peugeot PKN-10; 1981 Bianchi; 1988 Schwinn KOM-10;
Posts: 17,314
Mentioned: 6 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 141 Post(s)
My experiences with bus bike racks in San Diego County (I believe they are Sportworks, as well), have been uniformly positive. Just make sure you press the front wheel hook firmly against the top of the tire -- if it is mounted too loosely or leaning too far forward, it can fall off, with potentially dire consequences. I don't do carbon, so I cannot comment on potential damage to carbon forks or frames.
__________________
"Early to bed, early to rise. Work like hell, and advertise." -- George Stahlman
Capo [dschaw'-poe]: 1959 Modell Campagnolo, S/N 40324; 1960 Sieger, S/N 42624
Peugeot: 1970 UO-8, S/N 0010468
Bianchi: 1981 Campione d'Italia, S/N 1.M9914
Schwinn: 1988 Project KOM-10, S/N F804069
John E is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-24-09, 12:22 PM   #9
Donegal
Road Nazi Hunter
 
Donegal's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Slow! But Ahead of You.
Bikes: Kuota Kredo, Litespeed Vortex, Aegis Victory, Burley Tandem, Cannondale Rush
Posts: 409
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by ecrider View Post
I've been toying with the idea of riding a couple miles to the bus stop and taking the bus downtown within a mile of work. My question is about the bus bike racks. Are those racks hard on a bicycle? I'd like to hear from anyone who has had experience with them. Thanks.
If your buses use Sportworx racks and you don't use fenders, go ahead and enjoy them. I spotted this type of rack in Ottowa, Canada on a business trip 10 years ago. This type of rack was unheard of in Atlanta at the time. I was impressed enough to get the brand name and bought one immediately upon my return. I have carried 2-3 bikes all over 3 states on it and love it. My rack has seen colnago, kuota, aegis carbon, litespeed titanium, cannondale aluminum, etc. It is the most bike friendly rack I have ever used.

If your forks can't take the weight of the bicycle moving around on them, what do you think they would do underneath your weight. I find that taking the wheel off and on every time you move your bike puts unneccessary stress on the sides of the bearings and allows for so many problems remounting the wheel.

Recently Thule as bought the rights to make a similar rack. This is in my opinion, the very safest and best way to transport a bike. All my friends whose vehicles have a hitch capacity have gone to them.
Donegal is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 07:15 AM.