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Yakima Roof rack (Q-towers) and Highway speeds??(6 posts)

Yakima Roof rack (Q-towers) and Highway speeds??PMC
Aug 13, 2002 9:59 AM
I just did my first semi long-distance road trip, 1170 miles round trip, with the new roof rack and was wondering what a safe top speed with two road bikes attached would be. The Yakima rack we have has the Q-tower clips and seems to be attached quite well so I wasn't too worried but are speeds of 85 mph for 3+ hours too much to ask?

Any hands on high-speed experience out there?
re: Yakima Roof rack (Q-towers) and Highway speeds??bob_vanderhaus
Aug 13, 2002 10:22 AM
mine fell off at 3.321 hours at 85 mph. If it is installed correctly to the car and you have fork mounted bike attachments, you will most likely never encounter a situation where your bikes are in danger of falling off. Those Q towers are really strong, I can pull on mine with a lot of force and shake the car back and forth with no play in the racks.
thousands of miles w/3 or 4 bikes, no problems (nm)Silverback
Aug 13, 2002 10:26 AM
re: Yakima Roof rack (Q-towers) and Highway speeds??bcm119
Aug 13, 2002 10:33 AM
I've done 2 trips across the country with 2 roadbikes on my Yakima with no problems- your biggest enemy is reduction in gas mileage. Just make sure they are equally tight on either side so they don't shift to one side and off the lip of the car.
mine have moved a bitColnagoFE
Aug 13, 2002 12:23 PM
and that's at 80+MPH for hours, but not more than an inch...and that was with 3 bikes on top in forkmount racks.
mine have moved a bitPMC
Aug 13, 2002 1:29 PM
Thanks

That's what I really wanted to know. I just wanted to make sure I wasn't taking a big change with the bikes or car.

Over my nearly 1200 miles we averaged right at 65 mph including stops for meals and gas and still got 24 mpg.

thanks for all the replys
PMC