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Old 02-22-12, 09:41 AM   #1
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Roof top bike rack question

I am new to cycling, so please excuse me if this is a silly question.

I have purchased two of the thule bike carriers to go on my roof top bars (I had this for my winter skiing).

They were the lest expensive ones (think they were 119.00 each at REI).

Both the bikes the wife and I bought are carbon with carbon forks.

In hindsight, I am wondering if those clamp type connectors for the front fork, could possibly damage the forks somehow?

Is this type carrier safe for carbon forks, and if so, are there any special instructions I need to be aware of to safeguard the bikes?

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I am new to cycling, so please excuse me if this is a silly question.

I have purchased two of the thule bike carriers to go on my roof top bars (I had this for my winter skiing).

They were the lest expensive ones (think they were 119.00 each at REI).

Both the bikes the wife and I bought are carbon with carbon forks.

In hindsight, I am wondering if those clamp type connectors for the front fork, could possibly damage the forks somehow?

Is this type carrier safe for carbon forks, and if so, are there any special instructions I need to be aware of to safeguard the bikes?

Thanks
Check the fork, but typically the dropout - the section where the wheel clamps onto the fork, is made of aluminum, thus no concern when clamping into the fork mount of a roof carrier.

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Old 02-23-12, 07:47 AM   #3
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Clamping the fork to the roof mount is very similar to clamping it to the wheel. Of course, clamped to the wheel it is also supporting a lot of rider weight and withstanding impacts from bumps and holes on the road etc., stuff it's not doing on the roof. There can be some side load from cross winds and buffeting, but it's pretty small in the scheme of things.

The bigger hazard to your carbon bike carried in this way is running into a low obstruction.
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"The bigger hazard to your carbon bike carried in this way is running into a low obstruction" I would say this is the BIGGEST hazard - one can forget those bikes are up there, and WHAMMO - the drive-thru (garage, etc) whack your bikes - breaking either them, the rack, the car roof, the low-hanging obstruction - or all of the above!
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The first rule of roof-top bike rack club is...well OK, the second rule of roof-top bike rack club is to hide the garage door remote whenever a bike is in the rack. There's nothing worse for your bike than reaching for the remote button while your brain is on autopilot. Reaching for it and not finding it there is a good nmemonic to remember there are bikes up top and you can't pull into the garage.

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Or loaning your car to someone with bikes on top.
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Thanks guys

We don't park in our garage, that's where we keep the workout room and the toys!
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Make the effort to measure how tall a low bridge you can pass under, safely..
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