Sorry, another tandem rack question. I just bought a new tandem and am going to haul it on my Honda Civic 4-dr sedan. I already have Yakima bars & 2 Yakima "Steelhead" bike racks mounted for my mountain and single road bikes.
The LBS wants to sell me a new Yakima Sidewinder for $225, which seems like a great price. But I guess my question is: Why can't I just make an extension for one of my Steelheads? I understand the leverage & weight issues; the extended channel would have to be significantly more robust than the OEM channel. Why can I not just go to the steel yard and pick-up a piece of heavy gauge angle iron and bolt it to the existing channel? If I secure it with a couple of bolts and over-lap the channels for the majority of the OEM channel, I would think that would be sufficient.
The weight of the Tandem is not significantly more than my Mountain bike; 32# vs. 36#
I guess I'm just a cheap ******* who would rather spend the $225 on something else and not have that monstrous Sidewinder on the car.
Thanks for any input.