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Roof rack and carbon frame bikes

Old 03-26-06, 04:37 PM
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Roof rack and carbon frame bikes

After loading my carbon frame bike on the roof rack for the first time today, I started thinking if this kind of roof rack that grip the down tube is bad for the carbon frame? Or am I just over reacting?

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Old 03-26-06, 06:47 PM
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I thought the same thing. While the clamp doesn't seem to pinch the downtube that hard, I decided not to take any chances. I bought a Thule fork mount carrier off ebay for $25.

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Old 03-27-06, 12:24 AM
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Yeah I'd get a fork mount. I don't want to think of the amount of stress being placed on that tube when you're cornering..............funky looking rack though!

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It's not just carbon frames I'd worry about but any frame. Modern roadbike frames sometimes use tubes so thin that regardless of the material, clamping to them is not a good idea. I wish roof rack manufacturers would start producing extensible arms that can clamp to the seatpost. The alternative is the Sportworks roof rack which clamps to the wheel.
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I really wouldn't worry about it. The bike isn't made of paper, and the frame can stand some pressure. Though in terms of stability, I like fork mounts better.
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I wouldn't go with that. Just my two cents.
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Old 03-27-06, 12:17 PM
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I wouldn't go with that. Just my two cents.
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Old 03-27-06, 03:09 PM
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I took your advice guys, today I went to the VW dealer and asked them if I can swap for the fork mount rack, parts guy was very helpful and said no problems, tomorrow I should have the fork mount, even exchange.


Thanks for your help guys.


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Old 03-27-06, 03:56 PM
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I would be more worried about a stone flying off the back of a dump truck, and shattering the headtube and fork at 80 km/h.
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Originally Posted by Sirrobinofcoxly
I would be more worried about a stone flying off the back of a dump truck, and shattering the headtube and fork at 80 km/h.
I agree, but really nothing I can do about that, I usually carry the bike inside the car on long trip.
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Originally Posted by Sirrobinofcoxly
I would be more worried about a stone flying off the back of a dump truck, and shattering the headtube and fork at 80 km/h.
Really?
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