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sorry, one more car rack post(6 posts)

sorry, one more car rack postbm
Sep 10, 2002 11:20 PM
thanks to my other post, i understand how the roof car rack parts work, particularly Thule and Yakima . .

you peop's prefer roof racks, and not trunk racks or hitch racks? why? (because of the aerodynamics of a roof rack? )

what's to stop me from buying another brand? are they not good? . . . for instance the nashbar 'sporttrack' version, or performancebike 'XSPORT' ?

lastly, what do you think about used car rack equiptment, such as on ebay:

http://listings.ebay.com/aw/plistings/endtoday/category22692/index.html
re: sorry, one more car rack postScot_Gore
Sep 11, 2002 4:16 AM
Re: you peop's prefer roof racks, and not trunk racks or hitch racks? why? (because of the aerodynamics of a roof rack? )

Check out this old post: DougSloan "Roof Rack -vs- Trailer Hitch" 5/16/02 7:17am

(hmmm, the above is actually the last post in the tread, read them all)

re: what's to stop me from buying another brand? are they not good? . . . for instance the nashbar 'sporttrack' version, or performancebike 'XSPORT' ?

Nothing will stop you. Yakima and Thule are the quality and innovative rack makers AND you pay for it. Shop & compare and make your own choice.

Re: This stuff is generally more durable than a typical use life of it's user. Mostly because they get new cars. Buy used if you can get what you want.

My 2 cents.

Scot
re: sorry, one more car rack postSpoke Wrench
Sep 11, 2002 4:33 AM
1. All strap on racks suck! If you use one once or twice a week, by the end of the season you will be able to see exactly where each foot sets on your car. Using the trunk with one is a problem also.

2. Receiver racks have a huge range of quality. I like the ones that hold the bike by the wheels like the new Saris rack. I don't like the ones that hang the bike by the top tube.

3. Don't know anything about the Performance and Nashbar house brand stuff.

4. Assembling some or all of the roof rack parts that you need via Ebay may well save you some money, but will probably be a project. If you aren't familiar with how the Thule feet and Yakima towers work, you will need some help and you won't know if anything is missing. I'd be a little wary of used load bars.
re: sorry, one more car rack postWarren128
Sep 11, 2002 4:37 AM
I bought my used Yakima rack on Ebay. Before I did that, I found out exactly which parts I wanted. For Yakima, the Q-towers are the same for all compatible cars, only the car adapter clips are different. After I got the rack, I went to the local REI and purchased the adapter clips for my car to fit the rack. I save some money by buying something slightly used, but do your research first, and buy from Ebay very carefully. If you're not sure about the exact parts, or the condition of the used rack, you're better off buying new.

Good Luck,

Warren
re: sorry, one more car rack postKSC
Sep 11, 2002 12:19 PM
For what it's worth, when I was shopping at a Performance store for a roof rack, the guy helping me said their racks were cheaper, but not as strong or durable. My opinion is unless you're hauling Huffys, might was well play it safe and invest a little more and go for Thule or Yakima depending on your shape preference. Then order Rocky Mounts for your bike mounts.
thanks (nm)bm
Sep 11, 2002 7:45 PM