Wednesday, May 13, 2009

The Pitchfork Low Profile Bike Tray from RockyMounts

The RockyMounts Pitchfork fork-mount bicycle carrier
    The new Pitchfork fork mounted roof top bike carrier from Rocky Mounts brings a whole new meaning to the phrase "low profile". Although the Pitchfork is only about an inch and a half tall, its tubular aluminum tray is 40% stronger and 2 inches longer (45") than previous tray designs, giving you more tray with less wind noise. The long-throw quick release skewer and rear tire ratcheting strap will hold your bike like a champ, whether you've got a road bike or a mountain bike with fat tires (up to 2.7 inches). The Pitchfork sports a unique dual-locking design. Rocky Mounts Single Lock Core with KeyBy locking the skewer with one Rocky Mounts Lock Core both your bike and the tray are locked to your roof rack. For even greater security, you can also install a second lock core to secure the tray to your rack even when the skewer isn't locked. The Pitchfork roof mounted bicycle carrier fits Yakima roundbars and Thule square bars (all mounting hardware is included) and comes with a one year warranty.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

The SeaWing V-Cradle Kayak Carrier from Malone


The Malone SeaWing V-Cradle Kayak Carrier
    The Malone SeaWing V-Cradle Kayak Carrier is a great way to carry your kayaks on a factory installed rack. Not that it doesn't work perfectly well on Thule or Yakima crossbars (it does!), but it's really great on factory racks. The SeaWing's centrally located universal mounting hardware allows you to mount these kayak cradles as far to the side as possible, you can even let the cradle extend past the edges of your roof. On many factory racks this lets you carry two boats flat at the same time, something most other kayak saddles can only accomplish with longer aftermarket crossbars. The Malone SeaWing was designed to withstand Maine's punishing winds and saltwater, and it's sturdy polycabonate construction and corrosion-resistant mounting hardware ensure you'll be able to depend on the SeaWing for many years to come. The Malone Stinger Slide-Out Kayak Load Assist ModuleThe rubber insets in the SeaWing's cradles ensure a frim grip on your kayak's hull, and their V-shape design fits most hull types quite well (though we probably wouldn't recommend it for fiberglass hulls). The Malone SeaWing includes everything you need to carry one kayak on your roof rack, and for even easier loading, you can pair it with the Malone Stinger Kayak Load Assist Module.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

The Helium Lightweight Aluminum Hitch Mounted Bicycle Rack from Thule


Thule's 970 Helium Aluminum 2 Bike Carrier
    Thule's new Helium Lightweight Aluminum Hitch Mounted Bicycle Racks are the most impressive new products that Thule has rolled out this year. They sport an incredibly sleek look, with an eye catching all-aluminum design. With such a slim profile you might think the Helium is a lightweight rack, and it does weigh about 1/3 less than a standard steel-frame bicycle rack. But don't let its good looks fool you. The Helium is every bit as tough as a steel-frame rack, and its aluminum frame can't rust!
    As I'm sure you already know, looks aren't everything. The Helium wouldn't be much of a hitch rack if all it did was look good. With fully integrated locking security, Thule's premium T3 bike cradles, and the best anti-rattle hitch mechanism in its class, the Helium offers much more than just bike rack bragging rights.The helium comes with Thule's 955 No-Sway Cages. Thule's T3 cradles with included No-Sway Cages hold your bikes gently but firmly in place and help eliminate sway even on rough roads. The bike arm assembly folds down out of the way when not in use, and features an integrated bike cable lock to make sure your bicycles are safe from theft. The new "stinger" tongue assembly will fit both 1 1/4" and 2" hitch receivers, and its integrated tightening mechanism with locking knob hold the Helium securely in place and eliminate "rattle" while making sure no one walks off with your sweet new rack. There are two versions available, the 970 Helium Lightweight Aluminum 2 Bike Hitch Mounted Bicycle Rack and the 971 Helium Lightweight Aluminum 3 Bike Hitch Mounted Bicycle Rack. So if you want a hitch rack that'll really baby your bikes and make your neighbor's jaw drop, check out the Helium Aluminum Bicycle rack from Thule.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Get a Yakima Cargo Box shipped right to your door



Yakima's SkyBox LoPro 15 Cargo Box, TitaniumThe Yakimap SkyBox Pro 16s Roof Top Cargo Box
      You know there's one thing your vehicle never has enough of: space. Nothing makes a long trip (or a short one) less enjoyable than being crammed in with all your gear in your lap and under your feet. You could buy a bigger vehicle, or leave half of your gear at home, but a roof top cargo box would be a much better option. They're much cheaper than a new car or van, and you'll avoid the whole "What do you mean you left the luggage behind?" headache.
    A Yakima cargo box will give you all the cargo space you need, and they'll mount nearly any roof rack. There's only one thing more convenient than a Yakima cargo box, and that's having one delivered right to your home. The cost to ship a cargo box used to be quite high, often well over a hundred dollars, so we only offered cargo boxes for in-store purchase at The Rack Warehouse. But we've been working together with freight companies to lower these costs and pass these savings on to you. You can now have any Yakima cargo box shipped right to your door anywhere in the contiguous 48 states (sorry, we still do not ship cargo boxes to Alaska or Hawaii). Although these cargo boxes will be shipped via freight truck, we will only charge you the UPS Ground shipping rate, meaning you can place your order online and choose the UPS Ground option to quickly calculate your freight charges. Although expedited shipping is not available, delivery only takes 3-5 working days no matter where you are.
    Yakima's cargo boxes will fit Yakima and Thule roof racks, most factory-installed roof racks, Yakima RackandRoll trailers...well, you get the idea. If it has crossbars, chances are Yakima makes a cargo box that will fit it like a glove. A big, cargo carrying glove. For even more information on the full line of Yakima cargo boxes, you can check out a couple of their demonstrational videos at the end of this post. Of course, you can also give us a call toll-free at 1-800-272-5362. The staff here at The Rack Warehouse will be happy to answer all your questions, and we don't work on commission, so there are no high-pressure sales here. Just folks who want to make sure you're equipped for a really great road trip!




Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Thule's new Prologue Fork Mount Bicycle Tray


The Thule 516 Prologue Fork Mount Bike Tray
    If you're in the market for a quality bike tray that won't cost a fortune, look no further than Thule's new Prologue tray. The Thule 516 Prologue Fork Mounted Bicycle Carrier is a great entry-level bike tray with features that are anything but basic. The Prologue's head is a slim, aerodynamic design constructed of a high-strength nylon composite, and a beefy stainless steel skewer gives the Prologue a rock solid grip on your bike. The skewer's oversized lever makes loading and unloading quick and easy, and the skewer locks your bike to the tray, and your tray to your roof rack with the addition of one Thule lock core (sold separately.) It is also compatible with most 9mm disc brakes. The aluminum tray is a single-wall style that accommodates tires up to 2.6" wide, and wheelbases up to 48". The Prologue is compatible with Thule square bars and Yakima round bars, and can be mounted to Thule's Aero Bars with Xadapt9 Adapter Kit.
Thule's 515 Prologue Pack    With the Thule 532 Ride-On Bike Adapter, the Prologue can be mounted to most factory installed crossbars. But if you've got two bikes, the Thule 515 Prologue 2 Bike, Complete Factory Rack Bike Pack is a heck of a deal. The Prologue Pack includes two Prologue bicycle trays, the Thule Ride-On Adapter, and a 2 pack of Thule 512 Lock Cores. Go to www.rackwarehouse.com and check these products out for yourself. You'll find that the 515 Prologue Pack is substantially cheaper than buying these parts separately, and we all like to save money. (Especially when we don't have to sacrifice quality to do it!)

Friday, March 6, 2009

TracRac Construction, Utility, and Work Truck Pick-Up Truck Racks

The TracRac Full Sliding Truck Rack System
    The TracRac construction, utility, and work truck rack may look great on your truck, with its polished aluminum frame and clean lines, don't look its looks fool you. The TracRac pick-up truck rack is no lightweight. It has a 1000 lb. weight capacity on most trucks, and its aluminum construction and stainless steel hardware mean you'll have a rust free truck rack for years to come. If your truck has stake bed pockets, the TracRac's base tracks can be mounted using special expansion blocks for a drill-free installation, which helps keep your truck's resale value high. No stake bed pockets? No problem! The TracRac's base tracks can also be bolted to the top of your bed rails. Spray-on bed liners won't interfere with mounting the rack, but some other bed liners may need to be cut if they're the over-the-rail type, or if they interfere with bolting the base tracks down.
    The TracRac is one of the most versatile utility racks around. Both crossbars can slide anywhere on the base tracks with a quick turn of two knobs to better match the length of your overhead load, or to push them out of the way of bulky items in the bed. If you need to remove the uprights entirely, just unscrew the four stop bolts at the end of the base tracks and slide the crossbar assemblies right off of your truck. If you're concerned about security, you can swap out the slide adjustment knobs with TracRac's Locking Trac Knobs, to prevent anyone from moving or removing your crossbars without a key.
TracRac Base Track Tiedowns    The TracRack full sliding system includes a set of four Crossbar Tie Downs to help secure ladders, lumber, etc.TracRac Cantilever Extension and Window Guard TracRac Base Rail Tie Downs are also available to provide tie-off points on the base tracks. If you need support for longer loads, the TracRac Cantilever Extension can be attached to the front crossbar, giving you extra stability for longer loads without sacrificing the sliding functionality of the TracRac. Other utility accessories include a Window Guard that doubles as a cargo divider which can be placed anywhere along the base tracks and sliding toolbox mounting kits. Getting ready to enjoy the weekend? TracRac's BikeMounts let you mount bicycles by their front forks to the base tracks or crossbars of your TracRac. Those of you who enjoy watersports will be happy to know that TracRac has recently confirmed that Yakima's new MakoAero kayak saddles are compatible with TracRac racks, so now you can carry your kayaks in style on your TracRac as well. So don't wait any longer. TracRac has truck racks that fit almost every pick-up made, and you know you won't just get a rugged rack that's built to last, it'll look great, too!


Thursday, March 5, 2009

The Yakima QuickBack Trunk Mounted Bicycle Rack



    If you're looking for the hands down highest quality strap mounted bicycle carrier, then you're looking for the QuickBack from Yakima. It's great for carrying bikes on vehicles without roof racks or receiver hitches, and it's available in both 2 and 3 bike models. Both the QuickBack 2 and the QuickBack 3 install quickly and easily on virtually any trunk or hatchback, with integrated adjustment knobs that set the angle of the bike arms and the main frame, and a labeled strap system that takes all the guesswork out of mounting your rack. Its premium Tr-Padded feet and padded buckles protect your vehicle's finish, and it can be safely mounted on most glass hatches with the included Glass Hatch Hooks. The QuickBack features a new, narrower arm design which accommodates more frame styles than other trunk or hatch mounted bike racks. If your bike lacks a top tube, though, you'll need to pick up a Yakima Tube Top bike frame adapter so that the QuickBack has something to hold on to. The QuickBack utilizes Yakima's SwitchBlade anti-sway cradles to eliminate bike-to-bike contact. Another great feature of the QuickBack is its passive security system-a steel reinforced strap that goes into your trunk or hatch and prevents removal of your bike rack. The addition of a locking cable like Yakima's 7233 9' Locking Cable will give you complete bike security. You'll be hard pressed to find another strap rack that offers this level of security.

The Stacker Kayak Rack from Thule

The Thule Stacker Kayak Carrier
        Do you need to carry one or more more kayaks in the absolute smallest space possible? With the Thule 830 Kayak Stacker you can carry up to four kayaks on their sides, making the most out of your roof rack. Thule 556 Rack Pads for Car Roof RacksThe Stacker comes includes all the load straps and bow/stern tiedowns you'll need to carry one boat, so if you need to haul more than one kayak, make sure you purchase enough tiedowns for your other boats. We also recommend using Thule 556 Rack Pads to cushion your kayaks where they rest on your roof rack's crossbars.
    The Stacker features sturdy scratch-resistant steel and impact-resistant plastic construction. It will fit Thule and Yakima rack systems right out of the box, as well as most OEM factory racks. Installation on thicker crossbars may require the use of Thule's Xadapt3 longer bolt kit. The Stacker can be folded down flat when not in use to reduce wind resistance. The integrated ratcheting hinge system ensures that the Stacker is locked in position, so you'll never have to worry about your kayak racks collapsing, or having them flop around in the wind and bang on your roof.  Not only is Thule's Stacker a space-saving kayak rack with an aerodynamic design, it's also very economical. Just try and find a set of kayak saddles that can carry four boats! On second thought, don't. It would just be a huge waste of time you could better spend out on the water!

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Yakima's BoatLoader and Thule's Outrigger II Kayak and Canoe Load Assists

The Thule Outrigger IIThe Yakima Boatloader

nbsp;   If you've already got a kayak or canoe rack on your vehicle, but you wish lifting your boat up onto the roof wasn't quite so cumbersome, these load assist options from Yakima and Thule will help you get that boat on the roof without having to trade your existing rack for an expensive roller system. The Thule 847 Outrigger II Kayak / Canoe Rack Loader fits Thule square bar roof racks, and when not in use, the telescoping arm slides back inside the crossbar. Then the integrated load stop flips down and locks the Outrigger in place, so it'll never slide out unexpectedly and hit you in the head. Installing this might take all of three minutes. Pop off the end cap on your roof rack's load bar, slide the Outrigger II into the load bar flat side down, and tighten the retainer bolt with the included allen wrench. If you need to install an Outrigger on both sides of your vehicle, you may have to put one in the front crossbar and one in the rear if you have shorter crossbars.
    If you have a Yakima round bar base rack, the Yakima 4018 Boatloader Canoe and Kayak Side Load Assist will work like an extra set of hands, holding up one end of your boat while you lift the other onto your roof. The round load stop at the end of the BoatLoader ensures your boat won't slide off no matter how much the BoatLoader might rotate. Installation is ridiculously simple, just remove the end cap from one of your roof rack's load bars and slide the BoatLoader in place (the retainer bolt should be placed underneath the crossbar, not on top of it). Grab the included hex wrench, tighten the retainer bolt, and you're ready to go. If you're installing one on each side of your roof rack, you might not be able to install them both in the same crossbar if your bars are short. Tighten the large wingnut on the right-hand side of the BoatLoader to keep it in place inside the load bar when not in use.
    Both of these load assist options work well with kayak saddles, J style cradles, canoe carrier brackets, or kayak stackers. Just remember that these are not meant to take the place of longer load bars, so even though they will hold up your kayak or canoe while you load it, please don't use them as load bearing bars while you're on the road. That would be dangerous. We want these products to make your trips easier, so use them as recommended and they'll do just that.

Canoe Brackets from Yakima

Yakima's Gunwale Brackets
    When you want to carry a canoe on your vehicles roof rack, you know you've got a couple of options. You could just strap the boat directly to the bars really tight to prevent it from shifting side to side, and hope you don't damage the gunwales, but a better option is to use a set of canoe brackets. Yakima's 5007 Canoe Gunwale Brackets mount quickly to Yakima round bars and Thule square bars. They will also work great on a Mirage Truck Rack (just remove the "tabs" from the mounting hardware, as Mirage Racks use a slightly larger diameter crossbar than Yakima). They can be repositioned in seconds to accommodate different width canoes, or to move your boat to one side. Yakima's Gunwale Brackets feature a soft gripping surface with a rounded shape to hold your canoe gently but firmly in place. This design, coupled with their low profile, also makes loading and unloading your canoe easier. They include a pair of Yakima's Heavy Duty Straps with padded buckles to tie your boat down, but bow/stern tie downs are not included, so if you don't already have some, we definitely recommend that you grab a pair to complete your canoe rack.
Yakima's Load Stops also work well as gunwale brackets
    If you're looking for something that will do double duty as a ladder or lumber rack, or if money's tight, Yakima's 5000 Load Stops and Canoe Gunwale Brackets are just the thing. Yakima's Load Stops are perfect for keeping any load from shifting side to side on your roof, from canoes to light loads of lumber. They mount very similarly to Yakima's Gunwale Brackets, but are only compatible with round bars. They will fit on Mirage Truck Racks, but it is a very tight fit, so we would recommend use of Yakima's Gunwale brackets instead of Load Stops on a Mirage Rack whenever possible. Tiedown straps and Bow and Stern Tie Downs are not included, but are required to complete your canoe rack if you don't already have some. Just as we've come to expect from them, no matter what your load (or your budget), Yakima's got you covered.

Sport Rack's J Stacker Kayak Cradles

Sport Rack's J Stacker Kayak Carrier
    For carrying your kayak to and from the water when bar space and extra cash are in short supply, look no further than the Sport Rack abr511 Kayak Carrier J Stacker for Car Roof Racks. This J style kayak cradle set is built by Thule, and is very similar to the Thule Hull-a-Port. The mounting hardware is incredibly easy to work with, you'll only need to tighten two wingnuts on each cradle to mount the J Stacker on your Thule, Yakima, or factory installed roof rack crossbars.Thule's Xadapt3 Watersport Hardware Adapter Kit If Thule's fit guide shows that their 835 Hull-a-Port will fit your base rack, then the J Stacker will work for you as well. For thicker factory bars, the Thule Xadapt3 Adapter Kit provides longer mounting bolts(sold separately). Its space saving design takes up as little as 13" of bar space on your roof rack, giving you plenty of room to carry other gear even on top of smaller vehicles. The Sport Rack J Stacker includes everything you'll need to carry one boat, including load straps and bow/stern tiedown ropes. The J Stacker is a quality kayak rack at a great price, so if you need a new set of cradles for your boat, check it out at rackwarehouse.com today!

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

The Thule Hullavator Kayak Load Assist Roof Rack Kayak Carrier


    There are a lot of different products that make it easier to load and unload kayaks, but the Hullavator is truly in a class by itself. The Thule 897xt Hullavator Lift Assist Roof Rack Kayak Carrier uses gas struts to lift up to 90% of your boat's weight, and it can lower your kayak up to 40" from the roof of your vehicle for easy one person loading. The Hullavator gives you the same ease of use you'd experience with a trailer, but for a much smaller price tag and no bulky trailer. The Hullavator's premium padded cradles adjust to fit your kayak's width (up to 36") for a perfect fit. It can accommodate kayaks up to 75lbs. and includes heavy duty tiedown straps with padded buckles, and ratcheting bow/stern tiedown ropes. We recommend the addition of Thule's 512 Lock Cores, 2 Pack to protect your new Hullavator from theft. This won't lock your kayak, just the Hullavator. For complete kayak security, we recommend a kayak locking cable like the Lasso Kayak Security Cable.
    The Hullavator works great on Thule's square bars, aero bars, Xsporter pickup truck rack, or on Yakima's round bars, and all mounting hardware and necessary tools are included. You rack must have between 4" and 8" of bar (the same amount front and rear) protruding from the tower on the side of the vehicle where you intend to install the Hullavator. One tip we can give you to make installation much easier: at Step Five-Assemble Arm to Bar Mount in the installation instructions, it helps to pull the black lifting arm assembly away from the silver kayak cradle base and wedge a small object (perhaps a tennis ball) between the two. This will hold the arm assembly open and make it much easier to insert the hinge pin. (Just don't use an object that will scratch the Hullavator's finish, or that will be damaged by being compressed.) We do recommend that you familiarize yourself with the Hullavator instructions before you install the Hullavator on your base rack. Setting up the Hullavator is a bit more complex than most other roof mounted kayak racks, but as long as you follow the instructions and take your time, you'll have the best looking, highest performing kayak rack on your block.

Yakima's New RailGrab Towers for Factory Installed Side Rails



    Yakima has always had rock-solid options for putting crossbars on your vehicle's factory installed rails. Their LowRider and LowRider Max rack systems fit most vehicles with raised rails and the Locking EZ Rider towers fit most vehicles with flush rails. But now, Yakima has one tower system that works on both types of factory rails, the RailGrab. With the new Yakima 0138 RailGrab Towers for Railing Mounted Car Roof Racks, you can put Yakima crossbars on practically any factory installed rails, but this isn't your usual One Size "Fits" All situation. You truly get a custom fit for your rack, and if you buy a new vehicle, or you want to swap your rack between two vehicles, you'll still get a great, low-profile rack that fits like a glove regardless of factory rail type or size.
    Installing Railgrab towers won't take very long. For the front crossbar, first slide two towers onto the bar and install the end caps to keep the towers from sliding off. Then set the towers and bar onto your vehicle's rails and adjust the "claw" on the back of each tower. For most side rails the smaller claw (which comes pre-installed) is the correct choice, but if you have oversize rails you may need to swap these for the included larger claws. To adjust or remove the claws, just loosen the thumbscrew (not as painful as it sounds!), swap out the claws if necessary, slide the claw up or down to match the height of your rails, and tighten them in place. If your rails have a notch running along the inner side, you'll want to match the claws up to that notch instead of the rail's total height. Now flip the front covers down on the RailGrab towers and use the included hex wrench to tighten the black claw tightener bolt. This will secure the towers to your rails. You may need to alternate between tightening the claws and adjusting their height to get the best fit on some factory rails. Next, center the crossbar so you have an even amount of bar sticking out from either tower and tighten the silver bolt to lock the crossbar in place. Repeat this process for the rear crossbar and pat yourself on the back. You've just installed a top of the line Yakima roof rack. If you'd like even more details on setting up RailGrab towers you can download the complete RailGrab instructions straight from Yakima.com.
    It may not be magic, but Yakima's RailGrab towers will have you saying "Pick a car, any car! And I can rack it!" Just grab a set of Yakima RoundBars to complete your roof rack, and maybe a 4 pack of Yakima SKS Lock Cores to keep your rack from "magically" disappearing, and you'll be equipped for that great weekend trip faster than you can say abracadabra!

Friday, February 27, 2009

Yakima's Hully Rollers



    Does loading your big, heavy kayak onto the roof of your vehicle make your boating trip seem more like a chore than a day at the beach? You don't need divine intervention to get that kayak up there with ease, just Yakima's Hully Rollers. Yakima 4035 Hully Rollers Kayak Cradles can take the place of standard cradles at the rear of your boat, letting your roll that kayak up and into place in seconds. Yakima's Mako SaddlesOnce your kayak is in position, the rollers can be locked in place, so you'll never have to worry about your boat making an unexpected detour. They even come with a load strap and bow/stern tiedown strap to make sure you'll have everything you need to get your kayak safely from place to place. Hully Rollers are sold in pairs, so if you don't already have saddles for the front of your boat, you'll probably want to get a set of Mako Saddles to complete your kayak rack. Yakima's Hully Rollers come with all the hardware you'll need to mount them on Yakima roundbars or Thule square bars. They can also be installed on most factory racks with Yakima's Mighty Mounts or Universal Might Mounts (sold separately.)

Thule's Top Deck Kayak Saddles

Thule's Top Deck Kayak Saddles
    If you need a complete kayak rack to get your boat to and from the water this summer, but you don't want to break the bank, take a look at Thule's 881 Top Deck Kayak Saddles. Thule's Top Deck Saddles work with most factory installed roof racks, Thule and Yakima roof racks, and the Thule Xsporter pickup truck rack. They're super easy to install, and they'll hold just about any kayak up to 75 pounds in weight and up to 36" wide. Top Deck saddles cradle most hull types quite well, but the cradles' angles are not adjustable, so they aren't recommended for kayaks with highly curved bottoms or lightweight, easily deformed hulls. The included load straps, bow/stern tiedown ropes, and integrated rubber padding on the saddles themselves ensure your kayak stays in place, whether you're going across town or across country.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

The ShowBoat Kayak and Canoe Roller System from Yakima




    The Yakima 4040 ShowBoat Slide-Out Roller System beats all other kayak and canoe roller systems hands down. It's wide enough to load two boats side by side (without having to buy two sets of rollers!) fits on almost any roof rack, and it supports up to half of your boat's weight. The ShowBoat slides out up to 34" over the rear of your vehicle, so you won't have to worry about scraping your boat across your roof. When you're done loading your boat, just slide the ShowBoat back in out of the way and flip the two red safety latches back to lock the ShowBoat in place.Yakima 66" Round Bars are required to complete the ShowBoat. The ShowBoat requires a pair of Yakima round bars for use as the telescoping poles that support the roller. For most vehicles we recommend the Yakima 0410 66" Round bars . The bars are sold separately because the bar length required varies depending on your vehicle.  It mounts to round, square, and most factory installed roof rack crossbars. The ShowBoat is a great accessory for any kayak or canoe rack, and it really lets you save your energy and get your exercise paddling out on the water, instead of weight-training with your boat!

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Thule's Set-to-Go Kayak Saddles

Thule's Set-to-Go Kayak Saddles
    Looking for kayak saddles that gently cradle the hull, but hold it in place with an iron grip? Look no further than the Thule 878xt Set-To-Go Roof Rack Kayak Saddles. The cradles feature a soft, rubbery gripping surface for a strong, stable hold and maximum hull protection. Set-to-Go saddles have three pivot point per saddle to allow the gripping surface to conform to your kayak's hull with ease. Set-to-Go saddles are sold in pairs, so you'll need to pick up  two pairs for your kayak. Or you could also put a set Thule's 875xt HydroGlide Kayak Saddles in back for easier loading and unloading, since the Set-to-Go saddles don't lend themselves to sliding a kayak in from the back that well.
    Each pair of Set-to-Go saddles includes a load strap with padded buckle, a ratcheting bow/stern tiedown, and all the mounting hardware. They fit quite nicely on square bars, round bars, Thule's aero bars, and many factory installed roof racks. Thule's Set-to-Go saddles are rated to carry kayaks measuring up to 36" wide and weighing up to 75 pounds. (Of course, if your rack is rated for less than 75 pounds, don't exceed that lower weight rating.)

Yakima's Mako and MakoAero Saddles Kayak Cradles

Yakima's Mako SaddlesYakima's MakoAero Saddles
    Carrying a kayak "flat" on a set of kayak saddles is really the way to go if you want to baby your boat. This is especially true with newer lightweight kayaks, as carrying them up on their sides could deform the hull. Yakima's Mako Saddles make it easy carry your boat, with thick felt pads on the cradles that cushion the hull and make it easy to slide your boat up onto the roof.  Special inset rubber pads grip the hull when you tighten the load straps for a firm but gentle hold on your kayak. Mako saddles are curved to fit most hull types, and are sold in pairs. Yakima's Hully RollersTwo pairs of saddles are required for each kayak, so you can use Mako saddles for both the front and back, or you can pair them with Yakima's Hully Rollers to make loading your kayak even easier. Each pair of Mako Saddles includes one load strap with padded cam buckle, one BowStern tiedown strap, and all necessary mounting hardware. Yakima's 4037 Mako Saddles Kayak Cradles will mount to round or square bars right out of the box, and may be locked to your roof rack with Yakima's Accessory Lock Housings and SKS Lock Cores (both sold separately.) The Yakima 4044 Mako Aero Saddles Kayak Cradles are designed to fit round, square, and most factory installed crossbars, and each pair of MakoAero Saddles can be locked with a 2 Pack of SKS Lock Cores (not included.) TracRac has also confirmed that the Mako Aero Saddles are compatible with their truck and van rack systems. This is great news, as TracRac's kayak cradles have been unavailable for some time now. So if you'd like some kayak cradles that'll bite onto your boat like a shark on a steak, but without taking big chunks out of your boat (or your wallet), grab yourself some Mako Saddles today and head out onto the water. Don't just take our word for it...watch these demonstrations of Yakima's Mako Saddles and see for yourself!


Mako Saddles for Yakima and Thule Roof Racks




MakoAero Saddles for Factory Roof Racks




Hull-a-Port PRO J Style Kayak Carriers From Thule

The Hull-a-Port PRO folding J style kayak carrier from Thule.
    J style kayak racks are becoming much more popular now as vehicles keep get smaller and more streamlined. Smaller vehicles usually get better gas mileage, so instead of hitting our heads on crossbars that stick out a foot on either side, we get smaller roof racks. Carrying several boats on a smaller roof rack is much easier with a J style rack like the Thule 835pro Hull-a-port Kayak Rack. Not only will the Hull-a-Port PRO maximize the available space on your roof, it'll even help reduce gas mileage and wind noise by folding down flat when you're not carrying a kayak. It comes with all the straps and tiedowns you'll need to carry one kayak, and the load strap "buckle bumpers" and padded cradles ensure your kayak's hull will stay in pristine condition. Rust-resistant, heavy duty steel tubing and hardware mean the Hull-a-Port PRO will give you years of worry-free operation.
    The Hull-a-Port PRO is easy to load and unload, with a centrally located locking lever to fold and unfold the cradle. A strap holder at the top of the cradle allows you to put the load straps in place before you load the kayak, so you won't have to reach up and over the boat to tie it down. Installation should only take a couple of minutes. All you have to do is stick the mounting bolts down through the bottom of the cradles (you may need to pull the rubber cushion a bit to the side), set them on the bars, and attach the mounting plates underneath the crossbars with the included wingnuts. The Hull-a-Port PRO kayak rack installs easily on square bars, round bars, Thule aero bars, and most factory racks. For mounting on the Thule Xsporter, or on factory racks with thicker crossbars, Thule's Xadapt3 Hull-a-Port Adapter Kit provides longer mounting bolts.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

RockyMounts Lariat SL and SLX Bike Trays for Mountain Bikes and Road Bikes

Rocky MountsThe RockyMounts Lariat Fork Mount Bike Tray

    The Rocky Mounts Lariat Fork Mount Bike Tray is an excellent balance of functionality and price. While significantly less expensive than bike trays from Thule and Yakima, the Lariat fits on their roof racks like a glove. The head is a rugged, low profile cast metal unit and features a long throw, stainless steel quick release skewer. The head is attached to the front crossbar using tamper-resistant bolts. For additional anti-theft security, you can add a Rocky Mounts Lock Core to the skewer.
    The Lariat is available in two sizes. The Lariat SL has a 43" long aluminum tray and is designed to hold road bikes and mountain bikes with tires up to 2.3" wide. The larger Lariat SLX has a 45" long aluminum tray designed to hold mountain bikes with tires up to 3" wide.  The RockyMounts Disc Brake AdapterThe Lariat SL is compatible with some disc brakes, the SLX is not. So if you need the wide tray, or your disc brakes refuse to "play nice" with the slimmer SL tray, grab the Rocky Mounts Disc Brake Adapter. This kit lets you convert either version of the Lariat tray to a disc brake's best friend. The Rocky Mounts Lariat SL and the Rocky Mounts Lariat SLX will mount to Thule square bar racks and Yakima round bar racks. They will not, however, fit on factory racks or on Thule's aero bar racks.

The Yakima Boa Bicycle Carrier for Car Roof Racks

The Yakima Boa Short Tray Fork Mount Bike Carrier
    If you're looking for a basic fork mount bicycle carrier at a great price, the Yakima 2065 Boa Bicycle Carrier for Car Roof Racks is  the rack for you. Just like a real boa constrictor, once the Yakima Boa's quick release skewer gets a grip on your bike, it's not going anywhere. It uses the same rugged plastic head unit as the Copperhead, with a universal skewer that can be locked with one SKS Lock Core (not included.) Instead of a long tray like that on most fork mounts, the Boa  has a short plastic rear tray that will allow the rear wheel to be attached to the rear crossbar on your roof rack. You do have to be careful though, because in order for this bike rack to work properly, the distance between your bike's front fork rear wheel must be within a few inches of the distance between the bars on your roof rack. The Boa can be safely mounted on racks whose crossbars are between 32" and 50" apart, so if your roof rack has a shorter or longer span the Boa will not work at all. Also, if you use two Boas at once, both bikes will need to be roughly the same length; if they have different wheel spans, two Boas most likely will not work. The Yakima Boa will fit on Yakima round bars or Thule square bars, and installation is a breeze. Tighten a few bolts with the included Allen wrench on the front, tighten a wing nut on the back, and you're ready to go!

Thule's 558p Bike Carrier for Tandems and Recumbents

The Thule 558p Pivoting Tandem Bicycle Carrier
    The Thule 558p Tandem Bike Carrier for Roof Racks offers a safe way to carry your tandem or recumbent bike around town or across the country. This bike mount features a swiveling head that allows you to attach the fork to the skewer without having to lift the whole bike on top of your rack. Once the fork is in place, just lift the rear wheel up onto the tray and strap it down. The Thule Tandem bicycle tray mounts directly to Yakima round bars or Thule square bars, but is not compatible with Thule aero bars, the Xsporter, or factory racks. Also, a minimum of 22” between the front and back bars is required to mount the Tandem to your roof rack. The only tool required for installation is a 1/2" wrench (not included.) for added security, the use of Thule's 538 Cable Lock with the Tandem carrier is highly recommended, as the Tandem carrier does not have any built-in locking functionality. Though the lack of a locking feature is an inconvenience, the 558p Tandem Bicycle Carrier is an otherwise fine fork mount that will give you years of dependable service.

The Thule Sidarm Upright Bike Carrier

The Thule 594 Sidearm

    If you’re looking for a top quality upright mount, look no further than the Thule 594 Side Arm Upright Bicycle Carrier. A perfect match for odd frame styles or carbon-fiber frames, the SideArm adjusts to clamp on to the front tire in front of the fork on the bike. This rugged rack will accommodate any wheel size from 20-29", and loading a bike can take as little as 30 seconds.
    The SideArm comes pre-assembled for passenger side mounting, but the SideArm instructions give full details on reversing the mechanism for mounting on the driver's side. The only tricky part of mounting the SideArm to your roof rack is getting some of the carriage bolts through the baseplate on the side where the arm is located. Just follow the instructions on removing the baseplate, inserting the bolts, and reinstalling the base plate, and you'll do fine. The SideArm includes all the hardware you need to mount it on round or square bars. For mounting on Thule aero bars or a Thule Xsporter, a Thule Xadapt kit is needed. Two lock cylinders are required if you want added security. (One lock secures the SideArm to your roof rack, the other locks the bike to the SideArm.) Still have questions about the SideArm? Do you already have a SideArm but you're having trouble installing it? Give us a ring at 1-800-272-5362 and let us share our expertise with you.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Yakima's Raptor and Raptor Aero Upright Bicycle Carriers


The Yakima 2093 Raptor Aero Upright Bicycle Carrier
    The Yakima 2085 Raptor Upright Bicycle Carrier and the Yakima 2093 Raptor Aero Upright Bicycle Carrier are bicycle trays that have stood the test of time. While the Raptor has undergone a few small improvements over time, the same basic design has been in use for many years, and it's a great choice for anyone who wants a dependable, no-frills upright bike carrier. Its long tray holds almost any length bicycle (except tandems and recumbents), and the down tube clamping arm accepts most common frame types. This clamping system may not work on some odd shaped frames, and is not recommended for use with carbon fiber frames (you wouldn't want the clamp to deform your carbon fiber frame).
    Loading a bike onto the Raptor is easy. Just loosen the big red knob on the clamp a few turns, line the bike up in the tray, tighten the clamp back up, and strap the wheels down. The standard Raptor fits round and square bars, and can be adapted to many factory racks with Yakimas Mighty Mounts. The Raptor Aero comes with Yakima's Universal Mighty Mount hardware, and fits round, square, and most factory racks right out of the box. The Raptor can be locked with one SKS Lock Core (sold separately). On round and square bars this also locks the tray to your roof rack when a bike is loaded. To lock the tray to your factory bars, you can use Yakima's 7220 Accessory Lock Housings. (The bars on many factory racks aren't locked with a key, though, so Accessory Locks may not be much help in those cases.)

Thule Cargo Boxes-Now Shipped Right To Your Doorstep

The Thule 668es Frontier Roof Top Cargo BoxThe Thule 685xt Atlantis 1200 Roof Top Cargo Box
    Many of us have had that bad road trip. You know the one. Where you can't see anything through the rear-view mirror because of all the gear crammed into the back seat. Half of the seats are folded down to make room for skis. None of us want to go through that again. A Thule Cargo Box is a great way to increase your vehicle's cargo space, and now you can have one shipped right to you from The Rack Warehouse.
    You may have checked out Thule cargo boxes online at www.rackwarehouse.com before, and found that they were available for in-store purchase only. The reason for this was that freight costs were quite high, and we did not fell it reasonable to expect our customers to pay such high shipping fees. But we have been working together with freight companies to significantly reduce these costs, and we are happy to be able to pass these savings on to you. We can now ship Thule cargo boxes anywhere in the contiguous 48 states (sorry, we still do not ship cargo boxes to Alaska or Hawaii).
The t602 Thule Ascent 1100    So whether you need a small roof top box like the Ascent 1100 for carrying a few pairs of skis, or a big 21 cubic foot box like the Atlantis 2100 to carry everything but the kitchen sink, we can have it delivered to you in in 3-5 business days. The t688xt Atlantis 2100, shown in silver.Expedited shipping is not available for cargo boxes, so if you order one online, please choose "UPS Ground" as your shipping method during checkout. (Even though your cargo box will be shipped via freight truck, not UPS, we will charge you the lower UPS Ground rate.) If you have any questions, or would prefer place an order over the phone, feel free to give us a call at 1-800-272-5362. We'll be happy answer any questions you might have.

Thule's 2009 Catalog is out!

Thule's 2009 Catalog
    Thule's new 2009 catalog is out, so you can finally sneak a peak at some exciting new Thule rack products like the Helium ultra light aluminum hitch rack. You can fill out the 2009 Thule catalog request form on Thule's website and have one sent right to you. Of course, if you'd rather not wait for it to arrive in the mail, you can view the 2009 Thule catalog online as well.

Friday, February 20, 2009

The SteelHead Fork Mount Bike Tray from Yakima

The Yakima SteelHead Fork Mount Bike Carrier
    Just like the name says, the Yakima 2045 SteelHead Bicycle Carrier for Car Roof Racks has an all steel head unit that's built to last. It's aerodynamic design not only looks good, it increases stability, which is great for those long trips. It's not compatible with disc brakes, though, so if your bike has disc brakes you may want to check out the Yakima 2098 ForkLift. The SteelHead will carry any size bike except for recumbent and tandem models. The SteelHead is a prefect fit for Yakima aficionados, and mounting it to your Yakima roof rack is a breeze. This model only fits Yakima round bars, so if you have a different brand rack you'll want to look at a different bike rack. Once you've mounted the SteelHead to your rack, just make sure the skewer's security peg is lined up with the corresponding hole in the fork block while threading the adjustment knob onto the skewer. After it’s installed it's smooth sailing down the road.

Thule's Criterium Upright Bike Carrier



The Thule Criterium Upright Bike Carrier
   Thule’s 598 Criterium Upright Bicycle - Bike Carrier for Roof Racks is a nice step up from the Big Mouth. The clamping arm features a turn dial tightening knob that allows for down tubes up to 3 3/8” in diameter. This upright roof rack mounted bike rack will work with nearly any bicycle, regardless of frame style. Two lock cylinders are recommended for complete locking security on this model. One lock cylinder secures the bike to the carrier, and the other will secure the carrier to your roof rack. This rack requires only a small amount of assembly. Just follow the Criterium installation instructions and make sure to put the correct length t-bolt in their corresponding places.The Thule 532 Ride On Adapter No tools are needed installation. The Criterium will work on round, square, and Thule aero bars. For mounting on aero bars, a Thule's Xadapt8 adapter hardware package is needed. The Criterium can also be adapted to fit on most factory installed roof racks with the Thule 532 Ride-On Bike Adapter.

The Yakima SprocketRocket

Yakima's SprocketRocket Fork Mount Bike Carrier
    The Yakima 2090 Sprocket Rocket Bicycle Carrier for Car Roof Racks is Yakima’s latest design in fork mount bike racks, and they've spared no expense on style and security. Like the HighRoller, this model has a tough, double wall wheel tray that's as easy on the eyes as it is to operate. The rear wheel strap assembly slides smoothly on the tray for quick, one-hand adjustment to your bike's wheelbase. The head unit is rugged, powder coated steel, and the stainless steel skewer employs an integrated tensioning knob you can adjust with one hand. The skewer tension adjustment knob is normally hidden beneath a flip-up lockable steel cover, so the addition of one SKS Lock Core (sold seperately) gives you the best security available in a fork mount bike carrier. The SprocketRocket accommodates fat or skinny tires, as well as most disc brake types.
    Installation is simple. The head unit hinges open and closes around your roof rack's crossbar, and is tightened in place when you push down the red switch on top of the head. The skewer slides through both halves of the head unit, for complete security when your skewer is locked. For the rear, a Yakima SnapAround wraps around the crossbar and is connected to the tray with a bolt and wingnut. The SprocketRocket is compatible with Yakima round bars and Thule square bars, and all mounting hardware is included. For even more info, you can download the complete SprocketRocket instructions, or watch the following demonstration of the Yakima Sprocket Rocket.



Wednesday, February 18, 2009

The Echelon Fork Mount Bike Carrier From Thule

The Thule 518 Echelon Fork Mount Bike Carrier
    The 518 Echelon Roof Rack Mounted Bike Carrier is Thule's premium fork mount bike tray. This model features a reinforced double wall wheel tray and all steel head unit for unparalleled strength and stability. Utilizing Thule's new Equalized Twin Cam clamping system, the Echelon holds your bicycle's fork with an iron grip. The center mounted skewer adjustment dial allows you to adjust the skewer tension with one hand. Adding a Thule lock core (not included) to the Echelon gives you complete security, as the steel head unit closes over the adjustment dial and mounting hardware.
    Not only is the Echelon built to last, its streamlined design and aluminum tray look great. Installation is simple, even if you're not mechanically inclined. Just grab the included allen wrench and the instructions and you'll be done in no time. The Echelon mounts directly to square or round bars, and with the addition of Thule's Xadapt 9 adapter kit, the echelon can also be mounted to Thule's aero bar racks or Xsporter. The wheel tray accepts tire sizes up to 2.6 inches in width, and the head will accept nearly any disc brake/suspension fork combo made. The Echelon demonstrates exactly the type of quality we've all come to expect from Thule.

Thule's Big Mouth Upright Bicycle Carrier

The Thule 599xtr Big Mouth Upright Bike Carrier
    The Thule 599xtr Big Mouth Upright Bike Carrier is the staple in Thule’s line of bike racks. Easily the most popular model, the Big Mouth provides a self adjusting clamp to grab hold of the diagonal down tube on the frame of your bike. It can be used with a tube as big as 3 1/8” in diameter. Better still, the Big Mouth can be mounted for access from either side of the vehicle, and the handle which operates the down tube clamp is at the bottom of the clamping arm, meaning you won't need a stepladder to load and release your bike! Both wheels are strapped down to the tray. It works quite well with kids bikes. This model is great for driving around town or across country, and with such fast and easy loading and its great price, it's not hard to see why this has become one of Thule's best selling bike trays.
    If you'd like to leave your bicycle unattended without worrying about somebody stealing it, the Big Mouth has you covered. Just pop in one Thule lock core (sold separately) and you can lock the clamp to your bike's down tube. This also locks the tray to your roof rack.  Installation has a few more steps in this model than some others. The Big Mouth comes set up to mount on the passenger side of your vehicle, but if you need to mount it on the driver's side, just follow the instructions for moving the clamp assembly to the other end of the tray.  Then follow the pictures in the manual on how the mounting hardware is put together. The Big Mouth mounts directly to  square and round bars right out of the box. If you have a Thule aero bar rack or an Xsporter, you will need Thule's Xadapt2 Adapter Kit to mount the Big Mouth.

The Thule Peloton Fork Mount Bike Tray

Thule's 517 Peloton Fork Mount Bike Carrier For Roof Racks
    The Thule 517 Peloton Roof Rack Mounted Bike Carrier is one of the more popular bike racks sold by Thule. This bike tray features a hard plastic head unit with one finger skewer adjustment, and it's compatible with disc brakes and suspension forks. The rear wheel tray is a super stiff double wall design for maximum strength and stability, and the sleek black finish looks great on any vehicle. Security for the Peloton is is accomplished with one Thule lock core, which is within easy reach from either side of the tray. When locked, the fork of the bike is locked to the skewer and it prevents anyone from taking the Peloton off the bar rack as well. (Lock cylinders do have to be purchased separately however.) A hex-key wrench is provided and is the only tool needed for installation. The Peloton will work on round, square, and Thule aero bars. For the aero bars, a Thule Xadapt kit is needed. Before you install this bad boy, decide whether the rear wheel strap needs to be in front of the rear mounting hardware or behind it. It all depends on how far apart your bars are from each other. Also, if you have a hatchback or wagon, be careful when opening the door. On some roof racks the hatch may hit the end of the tray. If this happens to you, you may be able to move your roof rack forward, or try mounting the tray facing the backwards.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Yakima Aquires RACKandROLL Trailers

RACKandROLL Trailers by Yakima
RACKandROLL Trailer, shown towing kayaks
    If you've ever seen a RACKandROLL trailer out on the road, you know you want one. With a sleek, corrosion resistant aluminum frame, alloy wheels, and impressive motorcycle suspension, what's not to love? Not to mention all the benefits of a roof rack with virtually none of the lifting! These trailers have always been of the highest quality, and with Yakima's recent acquisition of RACKandROLL™, LLC (www.rackandroll.com), things can only get better.
The RACKandROLL trailer stores easily just about anywhere.    Reinforcing their commitment to enable more consumers to experience the Yakima brand of innovative cargo management solutions, Yakima Products Inc. announced January 19th their acquisition of RACKandROLL™, LLC, a manufacturer of high performance multi-sport trailers based in Frederick, Maryland. Appealing to multi-sport outdoor enthusiasts, paddlers, cyclists and family campers, Yakima RACKandROLL™ trailers and accessories will enable consumers to apply Yakima’s broad line of top of car gear management solutions for transporting kayaks, bikes, camping equipment and other cargo to high performance multi-sport trailers. With the addition of trailers to its existing line of premium cargo management equipment offerings, Yakima provides consumers with the most innovative, smart choices for carrying their outdoor gear. The trailers, branded Yakima RACKandROLL, will be sold through RACKandROLL’s existing distribution and current Yakima dealers effective immediately.

Full locking security, a carrying handle, what doesn't this trailer have?

    "We continually strive to bring the smartest cargo management solutions to market to meet the needs of paddlers, cyclists, campers and outdoor enthusiasts seeking the easiest ways to transport their gear," said Jerry Heinlen, CEO of Yakima. "RACKandROLL trailers are an excellent fit with the Yakima brand, our consumers, our customers, and our business model. Adding RACKandROLL to our Yakima family enables us to immediately provide more solutions to every consumer segment we serve... A lightweight trailer big enough to carry all your gear.Significant synergies in manufacturing and distribution between RACKandROLL trailers and current Yakima product offerings will allow us to integrate this new business quickly. Most important, the new Yakima RACKandROLL line of trailers clearly supports Yakima’s position as the premium brand in the cargo management equipment category and gives our customers and business partners new ways to grow their business in 2009 and beyond."
    Here at the Rack Warehouse, we believe RACKand ROLL's customer service will rise to even greater heights under Yakima's care. With Yakima's extensive experience in the manufacture and distribution of high quality gear management systems, we expect fewer shipping delays and greater product availability on RACKandROLL trailers and accessories than ever before.