Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Results 1 to 16 of 16
  1. #1
    Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2012
    Posts
    35
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Roof rack question

    Just bought a Nissan Xterra, and I want to put a bike roof rack on it. I was looking at the
    SportRack Roof 2 Bike Rack - Frame Mount - Clamp On SportRack Roof Bike Racks SR4882RP BIKE RACK.jpg
    my concern is that my wife has a full suspension bike BIKE.jpg and I'm not sure if it will be able to properly grip around the frame. I'm thinking attaching it to the frame closer to the pedals, but I don't know if this frame tubing will be to big. Has any one used this type of bike rack on a bike like this. I don't have the money to buy a Thule or any thing like that.

  2. #2
    Super Moderator no1mad's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Location
    NE OK
    My Bikes
    '06 Kona Smoke
    Posts
    7,827
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Can't answer your question, as I've never used a roof mounted rack. However, I do have a suggestion before you continue down this path- you both (your wife and yourself) should lift the heaviest bike you plan on transporting and see if both of you are tall/strong enough to get it up that high. Best to do this individually- if you do all the lifting and you become incapacitated for some reason, the rack ain't gonna do her any good. My wife is ~5'2 & 3/4" and there is no way she'd be able to put a bike on a roof rack on our Pacifica, let alone our Jeep Liberty (which is higher and comes closer in stature to your Xterra).

    You might be better off just folding the rear seats down and transport them that way.
    Quote Originally Posted by Cyril View Post
    Ride what and in what manner pleases you. Those that mind don't matter, and those that matter don't mind. srsly.
    Community guidelines

  3. #3
    coprolite fietsbob's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    NW,Oregon Coast
    My Bikes
    7
    Posts
    514
    Mentioned
    31 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Nissan may have a kit to use the factory roof rack

    REI or the online fit list for Yakima and Thule may be useful

    But as picture shows, those BSO pretend suspended MTB's are Heavy as heck,

    I wouldn't want to lift it to a roof rack .


    last roof rack and car combo I had was when cars still had rain gutters to clamp onto ..

  4. #4
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    May 2012
    Location
    Rockland County, NY
    My Bikes
    Giant TCR SL3 and Trek 1.5
    Posts
    967
    Mentioned
    2 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by topher5150 View Post
    Just bought a Nissan Xterra, and I want to put a bike roof rack on it.
    Not that there's anything wrong with roof racks per se, but on that vehicle body style, I'd go with a hitch rack myself. Much less trouble and they work just as well. I even transport my CF bike using one, although I do wrap the top tube with a foam piece my shop gave me when I bought it. Do that and secure the front wheel and you're off in no time with no hassle.

  5. #5
    Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2012
    Posts
    35
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    The only thing I have against using a hitch rack is that hopefully I we will do some camping this summer and use a popup camper. Maybe using one that straps to the lift gate would be the best for this situation.

  6. #6
    coprolite fietsbob's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    NW,Oregon Coast
    My Bikes
    7
    Posts
    514
    Mentioned
    31 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    A welding shop can modify the tow bar of the Trailer to receive the bike rack

    that goes in the same place as the trailer hitch, then.

  7. #7
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Posts
    685
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Ditto the recommendation for a a hitch rack. The X-Terra is a tall vehicle and it'll be a pain lifting a 30lbs mt. bike onto the roof. My '11 Forester is +66 inches and is as tall as I would want to reach without a step stool (and I use a Thule roof rack). The X-Terra is 9 inches taller and with the rack mounting on the round load bars, higher still.

    I'd do a hitch. They make models that readily swing down and out of the way of accessing the rear of the truck, as well they are easy to take out. They probably cost slightly less and there's a really good selection of hitch racks. And of course you get gas mileage with a hitch.

  8. #8
    Senior Member koolerb's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2012
    Location
    Upstate NY
    My Bikes
    Giant, Mongoose, Cannondale
    Posts
    727
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    If you do buy a roof rack spend a little more and do a bolt on Thule or Yakima. Clamp on racks are a pain in the a** and will ruin you paint. But, like just about everyone else here said, a hitch rack would be a whole lot easier for transporting bikes.

  9. #9
    Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2012
    Posts
    35
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by koolerb View Post
    If you do buy a roof rack spend a little more and do a bolt on Thule or Yakima. Clamp on racks are a pain in the a** and will ruin you paint. But, like just about everyone else here said, a hitch rack would be a whole lot easier for transporting bikes.
    Yeah trailer hitch is looking a lot better, and seeing they make an adapter to tow a trailer and use this bike rack at the same time it is making it a look a lot better.

  10. #10
    The Improbable Bulk Little Darwin's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Location
    Wilkes-Barre, PA
    My Bikes
    Many
    Posts
    7,323
    Mentioned
    2 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Just to add another comment about a hitch rack... I have a car with a relatively low profile (Subaru Legacy) and I have no interest in lifting my hybrid to mount on the roof after a long ride. Remember, the typical cyclist has no upper body strength... or at least I don't

    My car is low-slung and the receiver hits the ground occasionally, but it is a small price to pay for an easy to use rack. I also prefer using a platform style rather than a hanging style, and just started using a Yakima Hold Up that is the easiest mounting platform rack I have had, and it pivots up easily when not in use. Costs a little more than others, but I love it. The only down side (which wasn't an issue for me) is that it can't be used with bikes with front fenders, and I suspect front racks are out too.
    Slow Ride Cyclists of NEPA

    People do not seem to realize that their opinion of the world is also a confession of character.
    - Ralph Waldo Emerson

  11. #11
    Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2012
    Posts
    35
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    So I finally bit the bullet and bought a hitch rack. It's not the fanciest, or most expensive, but I think It'll work fine.

    bikerack.jpg

  12. #12
    Senior Member RPK79's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2013
    Location
    SE MN
    My Bikes
    Fuji Roubaix Pro
    Posts
    3,785
    Mentioned
    18 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    If you use a roof rack you have to be certain that the bikes going on the rack cost more than the car. This is important.

  13. #13
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2013
    Location
    Roanoke, Virginia
    My Bikes
    A blue one and a white one
    Posts
    111
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by topher5150 View Post
    The only thing I have against using a hitch rack is that hopefully I we will do some camping this summer and use a popup camper. Maybe using one that straps to the lift gate would be the best for this situation.
    I bought a double hitch receiver in order to use my hitch rack and tow my popup. Works great. I think it was about 60 bucks on Amazon.

  14. #14
    Home School Valedictorian 02Giant's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Back home in Iowa
    My Bikes
    13 Orbea Orca Bronze 02 Giant Cypress sx 85 Mongoose Switchback
    Posts
    445
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Or, put the bike rack on the back of the pop up.
    We've got no fear, no doubt, all in balls out

  15. #15
    coprolite fietsbob's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    NW,Oregon Coast
    My Bikes
    7
    Posts
    514
    Mentioned
    31 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    There are some parts in like the Yakima list that use the crankarm to hold the bike up and wheel straps to hold it down ..

    A safe bet since all bikes have crank arms and wheels ..

  16. #16
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2014
    Location
    Kalamazoo
    My Bikes
    Giant Escape 2
    Posts
    69
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by topher5150 View Post
    The only thing I have against using a hitch rack is that hopefully I we will do some camping this summer and use a popup camper. Maybe using one that straps to the lift gate would be the best for this situation.
    I've seen many popups with bikes on the back or on a roof rack on the camper.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •