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Roof Rackxcmntgeek
Jun 8, 2003 6:56 PM
I need to buy a roof rack for my '99 Subaru Forester for some up-comming racing trips. My question is this: It already has a factory rack with crossbars. Is there anyway I can simply buy the fork mounts and wheel trays and not a whole new rack? It seems redundant to buy all new cross bars when I already have them. Plus it would be in excess of $400 for ONE FREAKIN BIKE and about $75 for each additional bike. My local LBS has been no help what-so-ever.
re: Roof Rackrussw19
Jun 8, 2003 7:24 PM
Both Yakima and Thule offer bike racks to fit factory racks.
Try their webpages to see if either offers one for your particular car. Also you can check your dealer. I have seen some new Subaru's on the lot with roof racks installed. I think it's part of the Lance Ad Campaign.

Thule or Yakima?Atombomber
Jun 8, 2003 7:36 PM
Check your yellow pages for a roof rack specialist. Bike shops only know what the catalog lists. The Thule fork down fits a number of different profiles, but if it fits yours is unknown to me. An option is to drill a couple of holes through your bar and mount the Yakima Blockhead.
Jun 9, 2003 4:12 AM
I do not work for these guys, but am a happy customer making a recommendation.

I get my stuff in 2 days even though I order UPS ground. Always right, always on time, always in good condition.

Always cheaper than the alternatives.

I know the fit guides are there; I think they just link to the manufacturer ones.
Costs exactly the same as my LBS charges...Alexx
Jun 9, 2003 4:51 AM
....even with the "sale" they are running. Also, considering that I get a 15% discount for my bike club membership (which more than negates the 8.25% sales tax here), and that I don't have to pay for freight or "oversize" charges, well, what's the point? If I have a problem, my bike shop will take care of it immediately! Heck, even Dick's Sporting Goods charges less than this place!

I'm always amazed at how many people would rather pay more, and wait for delivery than just take some time to shop locally. FWIW, I'm glad that I can give the bike shop some business (especially when the alternative is to pay more and wait for the fed-ex guy to leave my purchase in plain view on my porch all day....). hopefully it will keep them around, so they'll be there when I REALLY need them.
You're fortunatepitt83
Jun 9, 2003 4:57 AM
My LBS charges extortion pricing for most items. I've become reliant on MO for most anything which doesn't require an expert hand to do.

In defense, they are good at customer service and I do use them once I'm stuck. They chaged me only $40 to press a headset and install a fork which I bought MO @ 25% what they would have charged me for the same hardware.

I know that without my $, my LBS ceases to stay in business, but I simply can't give blind loyalty.

As always, YMMV.
My LBS charges $15 to press a headset race!Alexx
Jun 9, 2003 5:49 AM
Man, those guys are extortionists. Still, if you want to buy a rack, find a good mass-retailer. Thule shows up at many sporting goods stores, even at Sears. Yakima shows up at places like Dick's. Still better than mail order.
Sounds like a fair price to me.Spoke Wrench
Jun 9, 2003 9:32 AM
He has to pay the rent demanded by a convenient retail location. Has to pay the light heat and air conditioning bills. If you consider the personnel time from the first minute somebody talks to you until you leave the store, that's probably close to 1/2 hour and those guys get paid for every single minute whether they are working on your bike or not.
Look aroundGreg C
Jun 9, 2003 10:33 AM
I purchased a Yakama roof rack system from a shop selling canoes and kayaks for a lot less than the LBS wanted. Might try a ski shop for off season prices.
Your alternative is to buy the $120 tool the LBS has (nm)cdhbrad
Jun 9, 2003 11:04 AM
Customer service.Spoke Wrench
Jun 9, 2003 9:23 AM
If your LBS isn't any help, I'd call Thule or Yakima customer service directly.

Factory roof racks vary enormously in quality and reliability. Some are stout enough to handle a bike mount directly, most aren't.
Try Rocky Mounts or Barrecrafterstwospoke
Jun 13, 2003 8:36 AM
I was in the same position as you were just last week, I have a Volvo wagon that already had the factory cross bars. and I needed some bike trays.
Rocky Mounts makes some nice trays that should fit your factory cross bars, they are in the $40-50 range depending on where you buy them.
Also try barrecrafters, they make a product called the Piranha fork mount which is the same idea, they retail about $70-90 depending on where you buy them.
I found someone on-line that was selling the Rocky Mounts for $50 per bike tray and that included shipping and a locking skewer. feel free to email me off-line and I will give you their name.