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anyone used the Saferack from UHaul/Sports Authority?(10 posts)

anyone used the Saferack from UHaul/Sports Authority?DougSloan
Apr 14, 2003 8:58 AM
http://www.thesportsauthority.com/product/index.jsp?productId=1131982&cp=&searchId=91721&brandId=91721&parentPage=search

It stores the bikes with front tires on. I'm thinking this would be good all around, but particularly for races (ultra, mostly) when quick bike changes are necessary.

Anyone have any experience with it? I'm curious about security and ease of use.

Thanks.

Doug
no, butJS Haiku Shop
Apr 14, 2003 9:04 AM
a friend and his wife use a hitch-mounted performance xport rack that mimics a roof rack with fork mounts (no front wheel). i know this is different than what you're considering, but think about checking
thanksDougSloan
Apr 14, 2003 9:22 AM
Thanks, but I already have 2 kinds that hold by the fork for hitch mount and a Thule roof system. I'm looking at those that would allow removing any particular bike at ease (thus, no top bar systems), and with both wheels on; this is for ultra events that have lots of bike changes; I've found that having to install and remove the front wheels often takes too much time, is too hard on crew, is risky (as mistakes are made at 3 in the morning), and means you have to locate the right wheel every time. I have downtube mount Thule roof rack, too, but getting the bikes on and off the roof is much harder than a hitch mount, plus the bikes don't get bugged up behind the car, and fuel economy is greater.

Thanks.

Doug
understood--thanks. good luck nmJS Haiku Shop
Apr 14, 2003 9:32 AM
they use a version of these on the RTD busses in COColnagoFE
Apr 14, 2003 9:25 AM
Seem to work well and you can get your bike on pretty quickly. Probably not the most secure rack around but it seems to hold the bike well enough.
check this URLColnagoFE
Apr 14, 2003 9:30 AM
http://www.rtd-denver.com/SpecialRides/B_n_Ride/index.html
No, butMel Erickson
Apr 14, 2003 10:00 AM
From all reports, including reviews on MTBR.com the SportsWorks racks are the one to go with. I've seen one in action (rolling into a gas station) and it looked solid. There was a bit of a dip and incline into the station and the bikes didn't shake at all when the car went over it. May be more expensive but check it out.

http://www.sportworks.com/
Ditto that...Matno
Apr 14, 2003 1:41 PM
I've used one, and if I could afford it, that's what I'd have now. It is the best rack made, bar none. Probably the easiest attachment/removal in the industry and very solid. You can get them roof mounted or hitch mounted.

As for the U-Haul® Saferack, my buddy's dad made a few custom racks that hold the bike in the same way. I don't know how well they work with road bike tires, but for MTB tires, they hold very well. His actually didn't have pivoting arms - they just use compression of tire rubber to kind of "pop" the wheel into place. Even faster than the Sportworks, but so far he's only made them to fit in the back of pickups.
Get the sportworks...52-16SS
Apr 14, 2003 2:11 PM
I have one - It's worth the $300 MSRP. It's stabile, fast, and bikes are not in contact. When I look at other people removing wheels, using miles of rope and spending lots of time on getting their bikes on a rack, I just smile 8)=)
By the wayMel Erickson
Apr 14, 2003 7:23 PM
BikeSmart.com, an RBR partner, has the SportWorks on sale, two bike version, 2" receiver, for $269.