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Roof Rack Rec(10 posts)

Roof Rack RecLI Biker
May 23, 2001 12:42 PM
My old bike rack will not work on my wife's new Infinity QX4 (same as the Nissan Pathfinder, but more expensive). It comes with a factory roof rack. I am told the cross bars will hold the weight and torque, so I would like just to add a combo fork mount and rail. I assume that experience with almost any factory roof rack will be the same.

Thule, Yakima and Performance all make them for widely different prices. Any recommendations with respect to them or others will be appreciated.
I recommend Thulepaulyjsob
May 23, 2001 1:49 PM
As far as just carrying bikes goes, they are all just as good. The difference comes in when you want to carry wood for instance. The Yakimas use round load bars whereas the Thules use rectangular ones. If you place something directly onto the load bars, 2x4's for example, they'll stay in place better on the Thule because there's more surface contact on the rectangular bars. The round Yakimas only contact at a point... Hope this helps!
I personally like YakimaShelley
May 23, 2001 2:54 PM
I have had Yakima racks for my cars for many years. I would not use anything else. The construction just seems better than some of the others. While I have not personally used Thule, when I checked it out I just felt the Yakima was higher quality. Just my opinion though. I have stuff for both my bikes and my kayak and could not be happier with it. And just by chance it is 20% off right now at rei.com. Another good place to shop for Yakima is at ageebike.com. The shipping is free and while they sell at msrp, they have a system where when you purchase more expensive items you get a 20% credit towards accessories. Check the website out and you will see what I mean!
re: Roof Rack RecLI Biker
May 23, 2001 3:21 PM
Thanks for the responses so far. However, I plan to use the cross bars (rails) that come on the SUV and just add the fork block and rack. Upon closer investigation, I only have found Performance and Thule offer that. Yakima adds cross bars (rails) to the factory installed track (for a small fortune).
re: Roof Rack RecIan
May 23, 2001 5:37 PM
What you are looking for are called MightyMounts. They will attach to your factory crossbars and then you can attach a Lockjaw or Anklebiter bicycle mount. You can carry up to 2 bikes this way.
re: Roof Rack Recpeloton
May 23, 2001 5:44 PM
If you have an SUV, you should check out the Thule velo-vice racks. They are very easy to open, close, and even adjust with one hand. This is important when you have the bike in your other hand far over your head. The Velo-vice is by far the easiest bike rack system to use, and the quickest that I have ever seen. I can't find another rack with a better system than the Thule for this purpose.
re: Roof Rack RecJaybird
May 24, 2001 12:41 PM
you cannot use the velovise on factory crossbars...
re: Roof Rack RecJaybird
May 24, 2001 12:39 PM
The problem that you will run into is that the only bike mounts that can be used on factory cross bars are the upright style. Both Yakima an Thule offer similar setups for similar prices. You are on the right track wanting a fork mount because of the increased stability and security. Like someone else said you are limited to two bikes using your factory cross bars. I would recomend giving up the extra 150 bucks, you can afford it you bought a QX4, and putting either Yakima or Thule cross bars up there (this can be done using the side rails of your factory rack and it will give you a ton more flexibility and durability. Good Luck
re: Roof Rack RecPfm Shopper
May 25, 2001 3:15 PM
Performance makes what you want. Two rails, each with a fork mount AND they mount directly onto factory cross bars. They are easily half what the name brands cost.
re: Roof Rack RecIan
May 25, 2001 5:43 PM
And they are half the quality.