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Blockbuster AdSteve Davis
May 30, 2001 12:22 PM
Anybody else see the new blockbuster ad?

Two guys are coming home after a day of riding. Their bikes on the roof rack. They turn into the driveway going wat too fast and proceed to go straight into the garage when... CRUUUNCH, the bikes get ripped off the roof. The tag line is something like, "Had a long summer day, go to Blockbuster".

My wife laughed harder at my reaction to the ad than to the ad itself. It was very painful to watch and a clear reminder to hide the garage door opener once the bikes go "up there".

Anybody want to share their garage experiences? I mean how do you explain that one to the shop, or to your riding buddies? Ouch.
That's Gotta HurtLen J
May 30, 2001 12:28 PM
Not bike related, but about 20 years ago, outside my apartment building, a car carrier with 3 brand new Volvo's on top tried to go under a Railroad Bridge doing about 40 MPH. 11'4"of clearance, Height of front bumper on lead Volvo was 11"5". Crunch. The noise was horrible, the look on the drivers face was memorable. How'd you like to make that phone call back to the dispatcher??
another good reason to use a pickup4bykn
May 30, 2001 12:58 PM
Haven't seen the commercial, but have had "nightmares" back when I used a roof rack. Now I have a pickup truck, the whole deal fits nicely through the garage door. When I've got to get an early start in the morning, I load the bike up the night before, and it's safe and secure in the garage, ready to go.
pickup good, minivan betterlonefrontranger
May 31, 2001 1:32 PM
... and no hating on how it's a soccer-mom car, either - I'll grant that it is, but you've never seen us offroading down Oh My God or Gold Hill either (ever seen a minivan do rally corners - it's a scream) Grand Caravan, loaded, with all the gadgets.

Pull out third seat, four bikes fit upright in back, no wheel pulling-off, no messing around. Secure bikes with rear shoulder harness around the seatposts. Four passengers with all their wheels, bags, picnic coolers and miscellaneous crap fit nice and comfy in the plush leather innards. 85 mph smooth toolin' down the road, no worries about your gas tank looking like a flushing commode due to wind load or the stoners at McDonalds stealing your stuff off the roof when you run in for your Egg McMuffin race pre-load. Get to race, remove bikes, stand up butt-@$$ nekkid to change in climate-controlled back if you so desire (privacy glass rocks).

For sheer cool factor, you can't touch the team from Ft. Wayne who drove 4 hours to Cincinnati races in a pimped-out black '98 El Dorado. Five guys inside, bikes and gear in the trunk.

To return to topic: saw someone at Quad Cities in toto destructo his bike in the parking garage. Lower level is built tall for municipal vehicles, and gradually tapers down as you go upwards. Dude got there late, was surfing for a space, kept going up the ramp and hooked his saddle on a beam. Realized his mistake when he felt the bump, and tried to back up... which folded the top and down tubes up at the head lug! All us gals warming up on trainers were hollering at him to stop, but dude had the stereo cranked so loud the poor bike never had a chance.
re: Blockbuster AdVaMootsman
May 30, 2001 1:02 PM
Yeah & its amazing how many retail "customers" want their money back and are furious with me - the humble roofrack salesman...
mebee ride the bike over to blockbuster? )nnm)Breck
May 30, 2001 3:19 PM
leave the truck in tha garage thou tha bike-attachment is in dah bed.

no new message ;)

Crunch, crunchmike mcmahon
May 30, 2001 3:31 PM
In about '85, my friend Randy and I drove from Orange County, CA up to Santa Barbara on a Friday after work, intending to go to a bike race the following morning. I was driving my $750 Volvo 144S with $3,000 worth of bikes on the roof: brand-new Gios Torino and brand-new Medici Pro Strada, both equipped with full Super Record. We pull into town and find a hotel. Unfortunately, it's full, so we pull off and find another, which is also full. This goes on for about 90 minutes until we've hit just about every hotel and motel in the Santa Barbara area. I spot one last place at about midnight and decide to give it a try. As I pull into the parking lot/courtyard area of the motel, I hear the awful sound of Italian steel hitting the stucco overhang at the entry to the motel. Both bikes-racks attached-hit the ground with a loud thud. Ugh!

Fortunately, the damage to the bikes was mostly cosmetic. After determing that the motel was full, we decided to cut our losses and head back to O.C., about a 2.5 hour drive. We manage to get the racks reattached, but they're not very solid, especially the front portion of the racks. Randy and I ended up driving home, windows down, holding the racks down as hard as we can: me with my left arm and Randy with his right. The whole thing was only about 10 hours, but it seemed like the longest trip of my life.
Crunch, crunchBreck
May 30, 2001 8:25 PM
what year volvo? had the 1968 volvo 142s bought new from herb the snake friedlander on beach blvd near knotts berry farm. put a rear bike attachment rack on it and carried the missus schwinn and my nishiki all over california including many great trips to santa barbara and pulling the crown capri tent trailer and camping out riding and road race running. my local bud dave has the $750 1976 145s with the $3k bikes atop, an otis guy soft ride road and ibix mountain.

Wow, more coincidencemike mcmahon
May 30, 2001 8:46 PM
My Bobo was a '68: dark blue with medium blue interior. I bought it with 144,000 miles from a very religious lady with an honest face. It was slow but reliable and I could stuff a lot of people in it. She gave me many good miles, despite abuse and neglect.

As for "the Snake" Friedlander, I remember him and he may still be around. However, the Berry Farm reference brought back memories, as I worked there for about two years. I was a ride operator on the Log Ride: lumberjack outfit with red suspenders, flannel shirt (viva John Fogerty!), and a wool cap. The uniform was a real pleasure in Buena Park in August. They let us go without the cap once the temp got above 100.
Wow, more coincidenceBreck
May 30, 2001 8:54 PM

got to sign off but e-mail me
Drove into parking garage once...John R.
May 31, 2001 8:05 AM
There was a 4" PVC pipe hanging horizontally from two chains at the entrance. Didn't give it a second thought and POP! Roof carrier ripped from roof and starts sliding down back of car. Remarkably limited damage - although I needed a bunch of bungee cords to make the carrier road-worthy. Not a mistake I will make twice.

John R.
Been ThereBosephus
May 31, 2001 9:06 AM
I did that exact same thing the first time I came back form an MTB at this house I lived in during Grad school. It was the first place I had ever lived with a garage door opener. Luckily I had my old steel Diamond back on the roof. That thing was indestructible. I can't say the same for the Subaru wagon though. Tore the gutters right off the roof on one side. Those Thule racks hold on tight!

I also leave the garage door opener at home from now one when I put the bikes on the roof.
once, with a canoe..dotkaye
May 31, 2001 10:15 AM
forgot I had the canoe on top, (how ? musta been a really long day), confidently drove the van into the garage.. badaboom.
canoe was fine, front strap broke, rear strap held but the rear rack bent about 3" back. And had to replace the framing on the garage.
My bike rides inside the car, with me..