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Fork Mount vs Upright Mount Roof Racks(6 posts)

Fork Mount vs Upright Mount Roof RacksZinhead
Jan 30, 2003 8:28 PM
I am buying a roof rack and was wondering what the advantages of fork mount (like the Yakima Steelhead) vs upright mount racks (Yakima Cobra)? If you want to comment on Thule vs Yakima, that is fine too.
re: Fork Mount vs Upright Mount Roof Racksupandcomer
Jan 31, 2003 12:08 AM
I have an upright and I like it, except that it sways a lot from side to side during driving. My car railings have some play as does the part that connects the tower bars to the car railing. Has anyone else experienced this?
I didn't want to get a fork mount cause it seems like a pain to take it off and on the car all the time.
re: Fork Mount vs Upright Mount Roof Racksmicha
Jan 31, 2003 3:42 AM
Fork mounts make a bomb-proof connection between the bike and the rack.

The number one design criteria for upright mounts was to eliminate the need for removing the front wheel. They hold a bike, well, sort of securely.

Your choice - security vs. convenience.
re: Fork Mount vs Upright Mount Roof RacksMR_GRUMPY
Jan 31, 2003 9:45 AM
Always get fork mount kits. The only exception is if you carry three bikes. Then it is permissible to use an upright for the center one. Otherwise you will be arrested by the bike fashion cops and labled a "sissy".
Fork mountsSpoke Wrench
Jan 31, 2003 4:20 PM
I like fork mounts better. I think that it's easier to mount the bikes on the rack because all of the connections are made at gutter level. Fork mounts also eliminate clamping onto your bike's painted tubeing.

I also prefer Thule's VeloVise to Yakima's Steelhead. I think that Thule rack systems are easier to mount on your car than Yakima, but that might be because I've had a lot more practice working with Thule.

The #1 issue with any roof rack is attempting to drive into the garage with bikes on the roof. At our house the rule is that the garage door remote goes into the glove box whenever bikes go onto the roof.
I have bothDougSloan
Jan 31, 2003 4:38 PM
I have 2 fork mounts and a upright mount on the roof, and fork mounts behind. The upright is for racing, when I need a bike fast. It's not quite as secure as fork mounted, but still sufficiently so. It might also rub the paint on the downtube a little (Thule big mouth?).

Doug