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Horizontal Roof Rack

Old 05-20-14, 02:35 AM
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Horizontal Roof Rack

My cheap INNO framing holding rack is cracking my carbon frame. I thought about the front and rear tire holding version but it is 240USD in Japan (where the company is based) as opposed to the 140USD on Amazon.com. It looks good but $240 would buy a new saddle, stem, and rear light, with change.

But then when I am going along the motorway, or when I want to enter the multi-storey car parks of malls, I always wish I had a horizontal roof rack. Why are roof racks always designed to hold bikes vertical? I am thinking of getting some wire combination locks, a sort of sock for the pedal, and maybe a mat for the bars, and just lock my bike flack onto the rails on the side of the roof. Will this bend my 23c wheels?

Alternatively there is the poor man's Inno from China but it only holds the front wheel. And again, it is vertical.

I think that the person that invents a horizontal roof rack will make a lot of money.
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Old 05-20-14, 03:20 AM
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hitch rack
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Old 05-20-14, 10:24 PM
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Thank you Canker, but I don't think that my wife would want a hitch rack sticking out the back of her hatchback. It would have to stick out a bit to allow the rear to open. It would be difficult to access the hatch with the bike in position, I presume. And my wife's car does not have a hitch hole at the moment. But I will look into it. This one below can be had for 120USD here
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I think that I may stick some closed cell foam to strategic points on the roof where the pedals and bars and rear triangle hit, and just chain my bike to the roof side rails, with three combination wire locks.
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This rack?



With that rack, your bike is held in place by the straps on the wheels. The clamp on the downtube merely keeps the bike upright.

If that's your rack and it's cracking your frame, you're tightening the clamp way too much.
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Old 05-21-14, 08:34 AM
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fork tip and rear rim tie downs seem common in the pro support car racks

And there are racks that use the left crank arm ..
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Achoo. Yes, that is rack.

I cracked the frame by hitting the lights in an indoor garage beneath a shop 4 years ago. Repeated use of the same rack on the same very slightly fractured frame is probably not a good idea! I take stupid risks.

It is not so much that I am tightening too tight, but as I go around corners, sometimes at speed, I can see that the bike is being swung side to side while held at that one (slightly fractured) point.

Added to that guys in Japan are saying these frame supporting racks should not be used with carbon frames (but perhaps that is because they want to sell there super front rear tyre holding rack).

And also the rivets holding the clamp arms are rusting and need to be drilled out and replaced with bolts. I could do that, and patch my frame with a sock of carbon fibre, that I bought from a UK carbon fibre frame repair company at the time.

Re hitch type
My wife's car is a Mazda familia sports wagon that can't be fitted with a hitch, apparently.

Re fork tip type
The car tends to be full of children and dog(s), waiting for me to get my bike stowed. Does the wheel fit on the roof too? Some people are attaching the wheel to the frame. It would have to since there is no room in the car. Hmm...

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I hate them, but you might be left with getting a trunk rack.
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Nobody else has said it yet; but if your carbon frame is starting to crack, it's cracked. Cracked carbon frames have this bad tendency of disintegrating with no warning. Maybe carbon isn't a good frame material for you.
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Originally Posted by BlazingPedals View Post
I hate them, but you might be left with getting a trunk rack.
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Nobody else has said it yet; but if your carbon frame is starting to crack, it's cracked. Cracked carbon frames have this bad tendency of disintegrating with no warning. Maybe carbon isn't a good frame material for you.
Thank you Blazing.

Yes, I take risks that others may think are foolhardy. I cracked my bike about 4 years ago. It made a slight creaking noise for a while. I thought about applying a carbon patch from
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but it stopped creaking, perhaps partly because I am a lot lighter. I bought another carbon bike too, but my first very slightly cracked bike is still my favourite.

The trunk rack looks good, thank you. If only there were a way of attaching to the rear door without using straps.

But it seems to me that I don't need a roof rack. I meant to post this sooner. I bough a couple of combination lock from a 100 yen shop (dollar store), put a saddle cushion on the pedal (also from the 100 yen shop) and locked my bike to the rails on the roof of our car, in which configuration I am unlikely to hit any more low car park ceilings.


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