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


Go Back   > >

General Cycling Discussion Have a cycling related question or comment that doesn't fit in one of the other specialty forums? Drop on in and post in here! When possible, please select the forum above that most fits your post!

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 03-16-08, 09:27 AM   #1
Servo888
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: SE, Michigan
Bikes: k2 Zed 3.0
Posts: 518
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Securing Bike On Roof Rack

I setup my Yakima Rack yesterday, and I'm using a RockyMount fork carrier to hold the bike. Everything feels snug and secure, but I'm wondering if there should be any additional measures I need to take to make sure my bike doesn't fly off my rack? I'm thinking maybe a strap / tie down in the middle of the bike, as extra insurance?
Servo888 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-16-08, 02:03 PM   #2
rbrsddn
Senior Member
 
rbrsddn's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Madison, CT
Bikes: '98 Rhygin SS road,'99 Fat Chance Ti Fat, '95 Azonic Mtn bike, '88 Giant Sedona.
Posts: 669
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
As long as you have the fork clamped, and the rear wheel secured in the tray, you should be good to go. A couple rolls of Duct Tape around the top tube and under the car will definitely keep it from moving! ;-)
rbrsddn is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-16-08, 08:36 PM   #3
JanMM
rebmeM roineS
 
JanMM's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: In Central IN
Bikes: RANS V3, RANS V-Rex, RANS Screamer
Posts: 13,338
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 16 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by rbrsddn View Post
As long as you have the fork clamped, and the rear wheel secured in the tray, you should be good to go. A couple rolls of Duct Tape around the top tube and under the car will definitely keep it from moving! ;-)
Right. Duct tape.
JanMM is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-16-08, 09:12 PM   #4
OldRoadGuy
Lookin' Forward to Summer
 
OldRoadGuy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: currently in Lake Placid, Florida
Bikes: Chinese Willier LeRoi w/ Dura Ace
Posts: 111
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Now just watch out for low overhangs.
__________________
Quote:
Originally Posted by substructure View Post
If I wanted true friends I wouldn't eat my spaghetti with a fork. I'm not sure what that means but you get the jest of it. Or not.
OldRoadGuy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-16-08, 10:07 PM   #5
bearacuda
Banned
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Bikes:
Posts: 51
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Servo888 View Post
Everything feels snug and secure, but I'm wondering if there should be any additional measures I need to take to make sure my bike doesn't fly off my rack? I'm thinking maybe a strap / tie down in the middle of the bike, as extra insurance?
If you are driving mundanely at typical speeds, you don't need additional measures.

If you're driving fast and/or pulling higher than normal gees, a moto tie down from the handlebars/fork to the front rack rail and one from the frame to the rear rail provide extra insurance and peace of mind.

A solid roof rack supplemented with moto ties downs will keep the bike on the roof at 145 mph+ and also when pulling fun lateral gees.
bearacuda is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-17-08, 06:27 AM   #6
JanMM
rebmeM roineS
 
JanMM's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: In Central IN
Bikes: RANS V3, RANS V-Rex, RANS Screamer
Posts: 13,338
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 16 Post(s)
I've never used anything extra with a roof rack but tend to get carried away with bungee cords and toe clip straps on rear racks - to keep things from moving around.
JanMM is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-17-08, 07:54 AM   #7
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: 16,299
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 85 Post(s)
I've driven to out of town rides (100+ miles from home) at 70+ mph and never had a problem with the bike or the roof rack.
__________________


The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy. - Psalm 103:8
RonH is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-17-08, 08:53 AM   #8
Retro Grouch 
Senior Member
 
Retro Grouch's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: St Peters, Missouri
Bikes: Rans Rockst (Retro rocket) Rans Enduro Sport (Retro racket) Catrike 559, Merin Bear Valley (beater bike).
Posts: 26,614
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 89 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Servo888 View Post
I setup my Yakima Rack yesterday, and I'm using a RockyMount fork carrier to hold the bike. Everything feels snug and secure, but I'm wondering if there should be any additional measures I need to take to make sure my bike doesn't fly off my rack? I'm thinking maybe a strap / tie down in the middle of the bike, as extra insurance?
You might not be a roof rack person. I'm certainly not.

I hauled my tandem with a roof rack for over 10 years. TEN YEARS! Never had a problem. I also never got completely comfortable with having the bike on the roof. I had all kinds of visions about the bike lifting off on the highway or floping to the side on a curve. I've also got several engineering friends who uniformly assured me that everything was safe.

So there you are: My engineering friends said it was OK, my personal experience was all positive, and I was still having fearful thoughts. What's a fellow to do? Answer: New car. I bought a Honda Element to carry the bike inside of the car. Now I feel safe and happy. I guess that I'm just not a roof rack person.
Retro Grouch is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-21-08, 02:39 PM   #9
Servo888
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: SE, Michigan
Bikes: k2 Zed 3.0
Posts: 518
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Update:

I bought some straps (the 'lightweight' 200lb version), and just strapped the middle of the bike to the carrier as well. Everything actually held together really well until I went off road... After ~10 minutes of rocking left and right, the carrier had come loose (screw came slightly undone) and started rocking on the bars. I was able to get it tightened, and was off again. I'm going to use some loc-tight on the screw that clamps the carrier to the bars, that should prevent any further issues.

Overall, quite happy. Though the rear strap down has some rust on it, that's said. The rest of the mount is fine though.
Servo888 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 01:01 PM.