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Transporting C&V bikes on a Yakima Forklift or similar roof rack

Old 09-18-12, 05:44 AM
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Transporting C&V bikes on a Yakima Forklift or similar roof rack

I have a Yakima Forklift, and the instructions say that it's only for use with bikes that have a fork with safety tabs on the dropouts ("Lawyer lips" in GP-speak). Many C&V bikes, mine included, are too old to have them. Is this just something Corporate Counsel told Yakima they needed to put in to cover their butts, or is there a real risk that the fork won't be held securely? (I can imagine that the forces acting on the fork are different when mounted on a roof rack at 60mph than when the bike is going half that speed with the weight of a rider on it).

Does anyone have experience with these? Any suggestions for security? Velcro strap around the fork? Bungee cords?

Thanks.
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Old 09-18-12, 06:43 AM
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sounds like the lawyers...

you know if you loose the bike in the back it might just go thru someones window!

no sh it.....

I once was driving on the highway and the car in front had a canoe on the roof, in a split second the front lifted up, and the boat flew clear over my car and landed upright on the highway behind me.

we pulled over with the car in front to check- what a waste of a nice fiberglass canoe- it was all ripped from the impact.
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Old 09-18-12, 06:53 AM
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Dont worry about it, just make sure they are tight. I travel 300-400 miles sometimes with several different types of Yakimas and Rockymounts at 70-80 mph and have never had a problem. The most important thing is that your rack is tight on your car.

I recently put a hitch on my wagon and started using a Thule hitch mount setup that has a arm and grips the front wheel.


Its nice and folds up in use.
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I agree - make sure the rack is secure and the bike. I use a hitch mount and also a trunk mount rack and use canopy bungees to make sure the bike is secure.

I figure if the roof rack is good for D.D. it'd be good for me - I just don't have one. He transports his super nice bikes by roof rack and they're quite secure on the rack.

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I have heard of carbon fork legs pulling right out of aluminum dropouts on fork mount roof racks at highway speed....

I think you will be fine. Just make sure they are tight. Add bungees of some sort for piece of mind if you need it.
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I agree the lawyer lips only make it harder to get the bike in the mount. If it is tight you should have little to worry about. Roof racks were sold, anyone remember La PreAlpina, long before lawyer lips were standard equpment. I am sure non of the pro team bikes strapped to support cars have lips.

Now that is not to say bikes can't fall off a roof rack regardless how tight. I had a friends Austro Damiler tumble down the side of my Cavilier once but the fork was already bent from an racing accident earlier in the day. I haved one of my bike tumble loose from my Thule but that was my fault and due to the huge hole in my parkinglot. fortunately there was no damage.
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I believe BBM is the ultimate authority on vintage bikes and roof racks, ask him.
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I really wish Yakima would make this handy little item again. When you put you bikes on the roof you put this on your hood. When you sped up to about 10mph it folded down until you slowed. The idea being to remind you of your cargo on top before driving into McDonalds drive through or your garage






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