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 04-01-14, 10:51 AM   #1
spdracr39
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
spdracr39's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: Cabot, Arkansas
Bikes: Lynskey Twisted Helix Di2 Ti, 1987 Orbea steel single speed/fixie, Orbea Avant M30, Trek Fuel EX9.8 29, Trek Madone 5 series, Specialized Epic Carbon Comp 29er, Trek 7.1F
Posts: 1,522
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 5 Post(s)
Dodged a bullet

I wasn't sure where to post this but hopefully it will save someone some heartache. I have a Thule four bike receiver rack to carry our bikes. It has the option to tilt down so you can open the tailgate. We just returned from a 1200 mile trip to Florida and back with all the bikes loaded and no issues. I left it hook up so that the next day I could go ring my new $$$ CF mountain bike. I got almost to the park and BAM looked back and no bike I stopped and the spring clip and pin were gone and the bike and rack were hanging 1 inch from the ground. No damage except the pedal was scratch up on the end. If this had happened on the interstate with all our bikes on it they would have been destroyed and the car following us too probably. Do Not Trust that pin !!! I found the pin and the clip and drilled an extra retainer hole. Now it has a retainer pin and the spring clip holding it in place and won't come out again. This is a very poor design and I will be writing the manufacturer also.
spdracr39 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-01-14, 11:31 AM   #2
eja_ bottecchia
Senior Member
 
eja_ bottecchia's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Bikes:
Posts: 3,520
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Which model Thule rear rack do you have? Could you include some pics. I am useless clueless w/o pics.

thanks.
eja_ bottecchia is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-01-14, 02:45 PM   #3
Black wallnut 
Senior Member
 
Black wallnut's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Ellensburg,WA
Bikes: Schwinn Broadway, Specialized Secteur Sport(crashed) Spec. Roubaix Sport, Spec. Crux
Posts: 2,815
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 8 Post(s)
What are the odds that it was user error?
__________________
Sir Mark, Knight of Sufferlandria
Black wallnut is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 04-01-14, 06:29 PM   #4
spdracr39
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
spdracr39's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: Cabot, Arkansas
Bikes: Lynskey Twisted Helix Di2 Ti, 1987 Orbea steel single speed/fixie, Orbea Avant M30, Trek Fuel EX9.8 29, Trek Madone 5 series, Specialized Epic Carbon Comp 29er, Trek 7.1F
Posts: 1,522
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 5 Post(s)
Rack and modified pin

Quote:
Originally Posted by Black wallnut View Post
What are the odds that it was user error?
Almost zero because I never use that feature. But could something have hit it by accident? Possibly but it shouldn't be that easy to unhook. Now it is not.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg photo 1.jpg (87.5 KB, 45 views)
File Type: jpg photo 2.jpg (95.1 KB, 50 views)

Last edited by spdracr39; 04-01-14 at 06:39 PM.
spdracr39 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-02-14, 07:57 AM   #5
eja_ bottecchia
Senior Member
 
eja_ bottecchia's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Bikes:
Posts: 3,520
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Thanks for the info and the pictures. I have the Thule T2 and it has a similar tilt-down feature. The holding pin has a small, spring actuated ball designed to keep the pin from sliding out. I just don't trust that little ball. I may do the same mod you did.

thanks.
eja_ bottecchia is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-02-14, 08:02 AM   #6
rydabent
Senior Member
 
rydabent's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Lincoln Ne
Bikes: RANS Stratus TerraTrike Cruiser
Posts: 5,702
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 122 Post(s)
Real world posts like this are of great use. They may keep someones day from being completely ruined. Thanks for posting.
rydabent is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-02-14, 09:29 AM   #7
Looigi
Senior Member
 
Looigi's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Bikes:
Posts: 8,951
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 4 Post(s)
I have a rack with a pin/retainer like that. I'm guessing that the retainer got unclipped from over the end of pin somehow, may betting caught on clothing or something. Once off the end of the pin it can come off the post and allow the pin to works its way out. Just a theory...
Looigi is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-02-14, 09:47 AM   #8
CbadRider
Administrator
 
CbadRider's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: On the bridge with Picard
Bikes: Specialized Allez, Specialized Sirrus
Posts: 5,963
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by spdracr39 View Post
This is a very poor design and I will be writing the manufacturer also.
You should also file a complaint with the Consumer Product Safety Commission. They track defective products and will have the manufacturer do a recall if needed.
__________________
Quote:
Originally Posted by Xerum 525 View Post
Now get on your cheap bike and give me a double century. You walking can of Crisco!!

Forum Guidelines *click here*
CbadRider is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-02-14, 09:56 AM   #9
no1mad
Thunder Whisperer
 
no1mad's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: NE OK
Bikes: '06 Kona Smoke
Posts: 8,694
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 95 Post(s)
One possible explanation is that some sick joker partially pulled that pin- similar to how some punks will loosen wheel and brake bolts.
__________________
Community guidelines
no1mad is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-02-14, 11:00 AM   #10
eja_ bottecchia
Senior Member
 
eja_ bottecchia's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Bikes:
Posts: 3,520
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by CbadRider View Post
You should also file a complaint with the Consumer Product Safety Commission. They track defective products and will have the manufacturer do a recall if needed.
Good suggestion Patty.

Now, for the love of all that is good and right with the world, please I beg you...change your avatar picture. Por favor chica!
eja_ bottecchia is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-02-14, 12:48 PM   #11
spdracr39
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
spdracr39's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: Cabot, Arkansas
Bikes: Lynskey Twisted Helix Di2 Ti, 1987 Orbea steel single speed/fixie, Orbea Avant M30, Trek Fuel EX9.8 29, Trek Madone 5 series, Specialized Epic Carbon Comp 29er, Trek 7.1F
Posts: 1,522
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 5 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by no1mad View Post
One possible explanation is that some sick joker partially pulled that pin- similar to how some punks will loosen wheel and brake bolts.
That is a possibility I hadn't considered but at least with my redesign it will take a little longer to sabotage it.
spdracr39 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-03-14, 06:57 AM   #12
Looigi
Senior Member
 
Looigi's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Bikes:
Posts: 8,951
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 4 Post(s)
Has operator error been ruled out? If the rack was lowered in the process of unloading the vehicle after your trip, was the catch latched properly over the end of the pin afterward? A check prior to driving off could be a good idea.
Looigi is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-03-14, 11:51 AM   #13
spdracr39
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
spdracr39's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: Cabot, Arkansas
Bikes: Lynskey Twisted Helix Di2 Ti, 1987 Orbea steel single speed/fixie, Orbea Avant M30, Trek Fuel EX9.8 29, Trek Madone 5 series, Specialized Epic Carbon Comp 29er, Trek 7.1F
Posts: 1,522
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 5 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Looigi View Post
Has operator error been ruled out? If the rack was lowered in the process of unloading the vehicle after your trip, was the catch latched properly over the end of the pin afterward? A check prior to driving off could be a good idea.
I don't ever lower it and I do usually look but who knows for certain. Like I said it really shouldn't be able to be disengaged by accident so easily if that is what happened.
spdracr39 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-03-14, 12:58 PM   #14
BlazingPedals
Senior Member
 
BlazingPedals's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Middle of da Mitten
Bikes: Trek 7500, RANS V-Rex, Optima Baron, Velokraft NoCom, M-5 Carbon Highracer, homebuilt recumbent
Posts: 8,902
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 77 Post(s)
I have a Rhode Gear rack that uses a similar clip. I don't use the rack much anymore, but I never had a problem with it, and I used the tilt feature all the time. In hindsight, I can envision that an unusual amount of jostling might unclip it. Thanks for the head-up.
BlazingPedals 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 12:55 PM.