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1 Bike Car Roof Carrier Rack Bicycle Racks with Lock
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- SOLID: Quality steel construction.
- CLAMP ON: Will fit the bars Max. thickness: 50mm (1.96") Max width: 85mm (3.34O)
- LOCKABLE: It's easy and safe to lock your bike on the rack by the included key
- EASY: No need to take the front wheel off
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Bike roof top carrier. Steel powder coating. The frame holder is easily secured to the frame of the bicycle and holds it steadily in place. NO need to take the front wheel off. Tie down straps to secure wheels included Manual and all accessories are included Lockable feature keeps bike secure while in transit. Will fit the bars Max. thickness: 40mm (1.6') Max width: 82mm(3.2') Fit square and aero crossbars brands: Thule, Rhino, Ralo Will fit all size bicycles Place of made: Taiwan Warranty: one year
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The rack was easy to install, I stared by setting it up in the house next to my bike (for getting the size proper). I got worried as my bike was nearly as long as the rack... I continued anyway. I did some mock measuring (holding bike on rack) to get the best location for the arm and once I had that down I tightened it to the rack, after that I put the wheel straps on (they did not wind up in the idea location, but were close).
I tried to test to see if the bike would fit in it properly, and I got worried again (so many worries...) as my bike had a 'fat' tube (it is a Felt Z95 and bottom tube is round). I found that I had to open the screw clay all the way to get it on properly. However, it did fit and wrapped around the tube nicely (nice and secure), but does require opening all the way (have to be careful not to go too far or the screw nob comes off).
I put the rack on the vehicle (I have a 2014 Ford Escape), it went on easy, but I did have to get a stool to reach up to the location (I am 5' 10"). The rack is easy to put on and just has a few of those easy to turn bolts.
I now put the bike on...
I had to use the stool (even holding on the fork and the back bottom triangle tube) as I could not get enough leverage/strength to get it up to the rack (probably could, but it is too much pressure pushing you backwards and I do not want to drop the bike; or scratch the car), so I bought a 13 inch collapsable stool and keep it stowed in the vehicle). I put the bike on toward the back, angle the arm upward and roll the bike toward it until the claw pops around the frame. I then tighten the bolt and lock it with the key (which makes it unable to unscrew it), and I tie the wheels down and I am done!
I was worried about the stability and safety, so I took it for a test drive on a country road (paved, you will not want to take this on a dirt road).
I tried braking hard, accelerating suddenly, and swerving, while you could hear some movement; it never came off or appeared to move when I would get out and look at it. It makes a lot of noises on bumpy (my yard or potholes/railroad crossing), but it does not appear to be moved when I get out to look at it.
The locking screw is not for security, if someone wants to steel it, they will get it (they could just remove the rack from the car or remove the crossbars...), however, hopefully someone would see someone doing that it be suspicious... However, it is nice since you do not have to worry about the wind causing the knob to loosen.
I will add that I leave the rack on the roof all the time (empty or not). I have not had any issues and and do not hear any wind noise with it on it. I bought a small dog collar to tie down the arm, but after a few uses without tying it down it does not appear to move or do anything so I am not going to bother hooking it down. My car has the aero bars that are really low profile and I hear no wind noise or anything with them, you may have a different experience, but this is mine.
I also want to note that I have not changed my driving habits, I still go normal speeds, I just take turns a little slower and try to avoid potholes more or go way slower over bumpy roads. I have driven highway (70-75 mph) with this with no problems (sometimes forget it is up there). I have not noticed any issue with performance or efficiency in driving, although my bike is a road bike, so it is all ready very thin and aero, so maybe a larger bike may create some drag...
With the bike on the vehicle I am not taller than a garbage truck (I recently passed one and noted our size), so I feel comfortable going through most things (I do avoid low hanging tree limbs). I have not tried a drive through, but I think it would fit... Might have someone spot me the first time (or just walk in....). It is a weird feeling not being able to see the bike (if you got a sun roof you can open it and look up, but you cannot carry as much with a sunroof, so I am glad I do not have one). I keep an eye on it with shadows, but otherwise you cannot see it, but as I get more comfortable with it up there I will not worry as much.
I have posted some photos of my bike and car with the rack on this item's page. It looks good and I am happy with it. This was the cheapest rack I could find for the roof, and I am glad I did not pay more for a name brand, as this one looks identical and works perfectly!
2014 Ford Escape Titanium
-Ford OEM Crossbars (same as what come from factory, but I did buy them after the fact from Ford)
The rack that is assembled does appear to be solid although I have not driven down the road.
Update: I supplied my own nuts and used the racks today with both bikes. Drove highway speeds and we had 20-30mph crosswinds. What a day to test strength! They were very solid. Did not move even with the extra wind. If you tighten them down really well, you should not have any problems.
Update: Took an 800 mile round trip with bikes using the roof racks. Solid. Did not move around and were very stable. I mostly used the interstate at interstate speeds. Very happy with their performance.
Update: Just returned from a camping trip 415 miles round trip both interstate and back roads. Bike were still solid as usual. No problems with the racks. Very happy with my purchase.
11/16/17 Update: Just returned from a 600 mile mostly interstate driving and they both are still solid and worked well. I have a Trek road bike and a Trek flat bar hybrid bike.
EDIT So almost a year now still working well even the strap has faded but that is all. So bumped up to a full 5 stars from the 4 I already gave it.
Update- I'm raising my rating to 4 stars after using this rack quite a bit. I've used if for a few local camp trips, and we just took a long road trip to Montana, and this rack held up great. I had my 9yr old's bike on the rack, and actually strapped my 6yr old's bike to it so it was carrying 2 bikes. Had no issues at all.
I have used this rack for just about a year now. On average I use it to transport our bikes about three times per month. In a one year span I haven't experienced any major issues at all. In fact I am planing on using this rack system to transport two MTB bikes with aluminum frames, 26 and 29 er on a road trip total of 24 hours round trip highway driving. I will make another update here when I return.
A few pointers and facts:
I have gone up to 80 mph, very little wind outside, multiple times with both bikes on the roof and haven't experienced any issues. I obviously would not recommend traveling 80 mph if it's really windy out.
So far some discoloration on the rubber parts that meet with bike frame is present but functionally is still just as good.
I have done extensive research before making the decision to buy this rack. Reviews on here also helped me a lot with making the final decision as well, so thank you.
First things first, I am very satisfied with this product. Here's what I like about it; light weight, simple design, functionality, good paint, and appearance. You can not beat this rack for the price! This rack was exactly and more what I was looking for. Simple and functional to get the job done. I would highly recommend this product.
Would I use it as my everyday carrier? No. Too inconvenient. Would I use it for my $5000 bike? Nope, I'd buy the more expensive name brands.
Will I use it again to take our old bikes on vacation? Yep, and I'll use the $600 I saved to stay somewhere nice.
The tire straps are fabric - metal clamp/clasp. Works fine on the back wheel which is stationary. However, wind will cause your front tire to sway slightly, moving back and forth even though it is clasped at the bottom of the tire and sitting in a metal channel tray. This results in the strap loosening over time. A better strap would be rubber with a metal pin to go through series of hole options... like a belt.
The general quality of this product is pretty low. Again I'll give it two stars at it can hold my kids bike. too much movement for other bikes for me to recommend. Your bike will NOT be held rock steady.
If you want a roof bike rack where you can leave that front tire on, get one that has a support bar grabbing the bike above the front wheel and has tire straps that clamp down that front tire solid. As for me I'm going to put on a trailer hitch receptacle and get a bike rack that fits there.
…and sometimes, when I do that with a roof bike rack, everyone I see on the road honks at me pointing at the rack with a frightened face yelling “Its wobbling like crazy!”.
This is not built for road bikes, period. My road bike (actually, a single speed) is a size 58 frame (not too big) but still putting the bike on the rack is not great because the chainring seems to always be on the way (ok, thats not too bad), what is bad is that my tires/wheels are thin-er (700x28s — which any road biker would tell you are on the wide side of the fence) and the straps + quality of where the wheel goes makes it so that the front tire is wobbling the whole time! That means your handlebar, fork and wheel are doing the lambada the whole time you’re driving! Today I actually had to stop 2 miles from my house and struggle to get the bike inside the car because I got tired of everyone telling me how much it was wobbling. Would it had fallen? Probably not, but Im not going to find out.
My take? Don’t bother with it. This is an honest review by someone who owns a plethora of bikes and have multiple “fork” roof racks so take it as it is, me, I’ll spend the money on Rocky Mounts BrassKnuckles or something similar, the frustration of having this bike rack is not worth the difference in money over time for me.
Fairly easy installation
Included fork lock and key
May take a while to learn how to mount easily (especially if you're short)
May require a bit of force to release the fork from your frame after unscrewing the knob. Rocking the bike back and forth after unscrewing the knob may assist the spring to push the fork out to release your frame.
Does not lock to your rack. Use a U lock and lock your rear wheel to the crossbar if you plan on leaving it out of sight for a while.
Overall, It took a while but I got used to mounting my bike. I found it easiest to life from the front fork and seat post frame.
Also be sure prior to installation that the knob is facing outward. Don't make the mistake I did and struggled unscrewing the knob and reinstalling it on the other side while the bike rack is already attached to the roof rack
A few issues I have with this rack: 1. The lock on the nut at the end of the arm that holds the bike frame doesn't seem to do anything. No amount of key turning seems to stop the nut from unscrewing. 2. The red straps that hold the wheels to the rack are not attached to the bike rack like some pricier versions. That means you have to store them separately. I usually keep them in the map pocket on the drivers door. 3. This problem is more with my car than with the rack. My factory cross bars have a slight arc to them. The rack bolts directly to the cross bars, meaning unless the rack is dead center, the bike is going to lean to one side. You can see what I mean in the Ford Escape pic from another reviewer. Ideally there would be a way to compensate for the cross bar arc. It's not a deal beaker though I may try to shim the rack so it is level.
Overall 4 stars. This bike rack is a great value for the money and works exactly as expected.