/ Bike Carriers
I've got a set of roof bars that fit the car, but I wondered, if I get a Thule bike rack, will it fit generic, non-thule roof bars? or are they specific to their own roof bars?
also, does anyone have any strong recomendations, or cautions, about makes of roof carriers?
and finally...anyone selling one they don't want anymore, rather than handing my money over to the big evil corporations!?
Always go fork-mounted - the Thule Outride 561 prevents that problem, although you'll need a lock for the back wheel.
I got my bike carriers from here - they used to do a deal on wheel bags if you bought the carrier:
Yeap, better idea, I thought of it a little too late though!
Nothing will stop a thief. They will hacksaw through the frame or other part of the bike that is securing it. Steal what is left and ebay the components even if it meant snapping the forks off a bike
Do not under any cirumstances leave a bike unattended even if it is locked on at the forks or with a gold secure lock
If you go to the pub sit where you can see the car. Drive home and if a car is behind you do a loop before stopping outside your house. Put it straight inside the house/shed wherever. Put your strava on private and get a shit old bike for nipping to the shops/pub
Fork mount are also a pita if you have multiple bikes/mates i.e 9m QR,15mm ,20mm or even 22mm axle. You end up having to put filthy wheels in the car.
End of the day go for a rack that is most convenient to use and don't leave the bike alone on the car.
Sound advice. Going back to the 591, I can't fault it, plus might be worth noting it also comes with T track fittings, which are a lot neater and kinder to the roof paintwork than the clamps, if the bars take that sort of fitting.
I would second the idea of a 561 fork mount, security (theft) implications are the same, but it allows for carbon bikes (you shouldn't clamp the frame).
Having just bought 2 and done a 2000mile round trip to the alps) I can say they are definetly the most secure means of transporting a bike I've found so far (having tried 591 style and towbar mounted in the past). And it takes a matter of 30seconds to swap adaptors if you need to carry 15/20mm through axle bikes (although you do need to buy a 15mm adapter if required as the only come with standard (9mm) or 20mm adapters)
They will attach to pretty much any roof bar, but as said above the T connectors are the easiest & neatest to fit.
Why shouldnt you clamp a carbon frame ?
The clamp holds the bike in place and shouldnt be used to crush it,granted it doe require a bit of care/common sense
If any issue you can put a piece of rubber or foam in place to prevent scratching of the frame or if the tube is in between ratchet clicks on the clamp
> Why shouldnt you clamp a carbon frame ?
> The clamp holds the bike in place and shouldnt be used to crush it,granted it doe require a bit of care/common sense
> If any issue you can put a piece of rubber or foam in place to prevent scratching of the frame or if the tube is in between ratchet clicks on the clamp
It's not the clamping per se (although overtightening would be a problem) it's the effect of a torsional load on the clamp i.e. if you brake hard then there is a twisting force applied at the clamp which can exert a large force on a small area of the carbon. All frame manufacturers to my knowledge include this in their carbon care advice.
For the same reason a bike work stand shouldn't be used to clamp a carbon frame/seatpost (most good shops use a spare ally seatpost for this purpose)
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