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Old 10-21-09, 07:13 PM   #1
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Bought new Rocky Mounts R4 Tandem rack for my recumbent

I sold my gas guzzler pick-up truck last summer and haven't ridden my recumbent since. I finally decided that I should either sell my recumbent or buy a roof rack for my 2001 Honda Civic. I bought the Rocky Mounts Tandem R4 (telescoping tandem bike rack) which is compatible with both Yakima and Thule rack systems. The rack was cheaper than either the Yakima or Thule tandem racks. The Rocky Mt. is probably much sturdier as it is heavier tube aluminum. The rack is a fork mount with the traditional rear wheel strapped onto the rear wheel tray. It telescopes out to accommodate either a tandem or recumbent bike. Max telescoping length is about 84 inches. When retracted the tray can hold a regular wheel base bike and won't interfere with your car trunk opening.

My bike is a Sun Easy Sport LE (which is basically a beach chair on wheels), now sold as the Easy Sport AX.
64 inch wheel base (when the front wheel is removed for fork mounting).

The Rocky Mount telescoping tandem/recumbent rack has a swiveling mount for the front fork/QR which
allows you to raise the front end of your bike up to the roof line for mounting while the rear wheel of your bike rests on the ground.
Once the front fork is secured to the rack, you can then lift the rear of your bike up to finish mounting on the roof rack. This option is a
real back saver and an awesome option.

The only issue was that I wanted a little more support for my bike to eliminate lateral movement. So I bought a Delta cross-bar rack accessory (which is used to take the place of a top-tube for a non-traditional bike frame so it can hang from a trunk rack.) I McGuyver'd the crossbar by cutting off part of the metal hook on 1 end, then drilling a 5/16th inch hole thru either hook end which bolts to 1 of 2 Yakima plastic brackets: 1 to the Thule roof-rack crossbar with wingnut, the other to the bike frame with wingnut. The crossbar telescopes and has a quick-release in the center for easy length adjustment.

With the extra support I won't have to worry about extra stress at the fork mount or the bike coming off the rack while on the freeway.

Also for security I bought 2 Yakima Locking accessories part # 8007220. These neat little locks screw onto then lock-up the end of the 5/16th mounting bolts so thieves can't just undo your $300 rack in 2 minutes with an open-end wrench.

Special thanks to Jay at Rack-It in Kearny Mesa (San Diego) for being patient with me and helping me find all the parts needed to make this work. http://www.rack-it.com/

The extra $ was worth it since I ditched my 15 mpg gas guzzler truck. The Honda is rated 28 mpg hwy, but more like 25 mpg or so with rack and bike on top. Overall a major savings in gas.

Last pic below is the stock photo of my bike before I had it powder coated with new color (hammered gray).
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Old 10-23-09, 01:31 PM   #2
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Tandem Topper (ATOC) triple racks come with a telescoping bar that clamps to the cross bar of the rack as well as the bike to avoid that vertical tilt. I have been using it with my Longbikes Jetstream for the last 3-4 years. I believe that they will sell you the device separately. This is for those of you that are not into DIY.
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I didn't know about these Tandem Topper racks, Thanks!
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