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How much do you trust your Thule roof rack?(7 posts)

How much do you trust your Thule roof rack?Breakfast
Nov 14, 2003 10:16 PM
Damn, I often wonder as I'm taking a hard turn in my vehicle, and my bike is being held in a roof rack only by a rubber strap and a fork skewer made from some mystery alloy, if the bicycle is going to come flying out into traffic and cause a major castrophe.

Kind of makes one wonder, don't it?
Enough to not worry.the bull
Nov 15, 2003 1:31 AM
I used to cart around my FS MTB on top of a 4WS prelude.I did not even use the extender things!
Those things can corner! I could get that car sideways and the bike would not budge. Do you know how many g's it would take to make a bike come off? Just make sure that it is installed right.
Enough to not worry.MShaw
Nov 15, 2003 10:51 AM
I've seen cars with their roofs torn almost completely off when the owner ran his car into the garage with his bikes on his Thule rack.

As the song goes: "don't worry, be happy."

re: How much do you trust your Thule roof rack?Spoke Wrench
Nov 15, 2003 6:46 AM
In 5 1/2 years I've had two incidents with my Thule roofrack system.

The first happened when I drove under a restaurant canopy. The whole rack was pushed back off of the roof and did about $500.00 damage to my car but our $6,000 Santana tandem stayed securely stuck in it's old style "V" rack.

The second was a front wheel that popped out of it's wheel holder on the highway (we had two tandems on the roof during that trip) but the security strap saved it.
Most incidents are due to user error...biknben
Nov 15, 2003 9:31 AM
The Thule rack fits my VW so well I bet my roof would be torn off before the rack budged. I have complete confidence in that. The only possibility is the bike coming out of the rack. It's my job to make sure the bike(s) is secure. I cinch down the fork mount as tight as I can without hurting my hands and lock it. The strap in the back just keeps things in place. I tighten it down very little.

I went to watch a pro race and was shocked to see the teams cars driving around the way they do. They'd have 100+ pounds of gear on the roof and they drove like crazy to keep up with the action. That put an end to any doubt I had about the bikes being secure.
Nov 15, 2003 10:03 AM
Relax, if you don't screw up putting your bike on, you won't have trouble. ( Unless you try to drive into your garage with the bike on)
Ever had the skewer nuts crack into two pieces?Breakfast
Nov 15, 2003 9:58 PM
I did. Ordered new hardware from Thule but leery of the type of (cheap) alloy they use.

Solar damage to plastic hardware has me concerned too.

Hopefully, the next failure won't be in the middle of a g-force type turn at freeway speeds.