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Carbon forks on fork-mount roof rack?(9 posts)

Carbon forks on fork-mount roof rack?coifmo
Aug 1, 2003 8:13 AM
No obvious reason this WOULDN'T be OK, but I'm curious.

Anyone have problems?
No worries.jtolleson
Aug 1, 2003 8:19 AM
It isn't any tighter laterally than a securely-closed quick release, and the forces are less than riding.
How about on turns?Spoke Wrench
Aug 1, 2003 8:24 AM
Whenever I go around a curve, I can't help thinking about a bike on the roof trying to lay over on it's side. I assume I'm being silly, but I'd feel better if I had an engineering type person, who knows how to calculate those forces, tell me not to worry.
engineering type person says "don't worry"yeah right
Aug 1, 2003 8:59 AM
it's fine, much less force than any side load you'd be able to generate riding. you're bike might weight 22lbs, but the center of gravity is only a foot and a half or so above the mounting point. The resulting torques from the car going through turns would be small
Yeah, the real risk is when you drive into the garage ... NMjtolleson
Aug 1, 2003 9:49 AM
Yeah, the real risk is when you drive into the garage ... NMcoifmo
Aug 1, 2003 10:52 AM
I once took out the Low Clearance sign at a Holiday Inn in Arkansas with an old Bridgestone T-500 mounted atop an equally old and faithful Volvo.

Volvo is long gone. Bridgestone is still in my storeage room (make an offer).
I found the answer for the garage.Spoke Wrench
Aug 2, 2003 7:02 AM
I just put the garage door opener into the glove compartment when I load the bike. Low overheads on the road I blame the wife for not warning me so either way I'm covered.
re: Carbon forks on fork-mount roof rack?PMC
Aug 1, 2003 9:50 AM
I've had no problems and I normally drive quite a bit higher than the posted limits. The rack it self will move back a half inch or so but no issues with the carbon forks.
I know someone who has tested this ok to 110 mphDougSloan
Aug 2, 2003 9:37 AM
If a fork would break on a roof rack, I don't want to ride it.

Doug