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Home Made Roof Rack Mounts ? ? ?(11 posts)

Home Made Roof Rack Mounts ? ? ?Nomatt
Sep 23, 2003 9:14 PM
I have roof racks on my car. You know, plain old adjustable roof racks that come standard on any old car. I want to carry my bike on my roof racks with the rear wheel still attached. Any suggestions? I am thinking that there HAS to be some kind of rig i could make with some stuff from the bike store and the hardware store. I am thinking if i maybe bought a skewer for cheap and somhow affixed that to a sort of block of wood or something that would clamp onto the rack, then i could just tighten the fork onto that and then . . . do something to hold down the rear wheel and stabilize the bike. i dont know. HELP. thanks all
no needSteve_0
Sep 24, 2003 5:31 AM
just lay the bike down on the roof and lash to the luggage racks. Thats what they're there for.

If you're really insistant on spending $$ to appear 'serious', then check out barrcrafters (sp?)
performance factory rack kitJS Haiku Shop
Sep 24, 2003 5:57 AM
I have been using the performance bike factory roof rack kit since memorial day. purchased it used from another RBR community member and am quite pleased with the results. it clamps around your factory rack crossbars and holds two bikes by the rear wheel and front fork dropouts via skewer. store the front wheels in the vehicle. easy to install, sturdy, and affordable ($124.99 right now, plus shipping).

I recall reading that some or all of the performance racks are actually made by Hollywood Racks, who have a pretty good rep. however, this one looks more like the Thule they sell for $244.99.

hope this helps!

re: Home Made Roof Rack Mounts ? ? ?ukiahb
Sep 24, 2003 7:06 AM
rather than just a skewer, you could buy a pickup truck fork mount from Yakima (or others) for about $20 and adapt that to the rack somehow, would be less trouble and the skewer is oversized for strength. I'd be a little leery of using wood for the mount though (since a failure would be catostrophic to the bike, the car, and whomever might be following you), square steel tubing or something similar would be stronger and is inexpensive...
This sounds scary to me...biknben
Sep 24, 2003 7:29 AM
Your idea has plenty of merit but think it through. This mount should not include wood. The vibrations from the moving car will cause lots of wear on the wood. Wood will compress under load, allowing nuts and bolts to come loose.

There are other things to consider. How beefy is the stock rack on the car? These things are often intended to be used as tie-downs only. Are you going to compromise the stock rack's stregth? Think carefully before you start drilling holes in those rails. They are thin to begin with. With a couple holes in them they may be useless.

I helped a friend make mounts for his truck bed. They were esentially the bed mounts pictured above. We used the innards of actual bike hubs and fastened them to the bed rail. It did the job but required regular attention.

It can be done. If done poorly, you could end up seeing your bike in the rear view mirror.
For sure!MrCelloBoy
Sep 24, 2003 9:46 AM
I U-bracketed 2x2's across my Volvo 245's roof rack and rigged up a great rack that lasted me for years. I bought a couple of Yakima short trays and some fork mounts and it was great. A side-benefit of the wood crossbars was that when I drove into a mall parking lot a year down the road, the wood broke first and allowed my bike to survive unscathed!
Years agoMel Erickson
Sep 24, 2003 10:11 AM
when I was a starving college student I bought two exhaust system U-bolts and a bungy cord. Put the bike upside down and attach the handlebars to one cross brace withe the U-bolts. Adjust the other cross brace so it falls under the seat and bungy the seat to the cross brace. Probably under $5. It's more hassle but it's cheap!
Sep 24, 2003 11:13 AM
hey, i am a starving college student, so this sounds GREAT! do i need to put anything to the left or right of the U bolts to stop the bike from moving left or right, or can they be tightened down enough so that it doesnt move? and does tightening the U Bolts damage the handlebars/grip tape at all? and does just bungying the seat hold it steady? just thought i would get the details THANKS !!
YESMel Erickson
Sep 24, 2003 12:55 PM
Tighten them enough so the bike won't budge but not so tight that you damage the tape or bars. I used wing nuts instead of the regular nuts that come with the U-bolts. Hand tightening them as much as you can will make them tight enough. Tighten each side equally. The bar may be held slightly above the cross brace because it will actually rest on the head of the stem. Kind of hard to visualize but you'll see what I mean when you put it on. A bungy on the seat is fine. The leather on the seat will not slide easily on the cross brace and a tight bungy will hold it fine. It's main purpose is to keep the rear of the bike from sliding side to side as the U-bolts will hold the bike to the rack.

It's a hassle getting the bike upside down on the roof rack. It helps to have another person steady it while you put on and tighten the U-bolts. It's not a fast process but it's secure and cheap.
PSMel Erickson
Sep 24, 2003 12:59 PM
Use some lock washers between the wing nuts and the U-bolt cross plate to insure they won't work loose.
re: Home Made Roof Rack Mounts ? ? ?MShaw
Sep 24, 2003 11:20 AM
I just watched some people walking off with a complete ski setup on a Thule aero foot rack system from the Amvets trailer. I was jealous... Try the thrift store... Gotta be pretty cheap there for a coplete rack setup that you KNOW will work!