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    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?

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    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! ;-)
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    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.

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    Now just watch out for low overhangs.
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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.
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    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.

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    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.

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