Thursday, February 25, 2010

Introducing the Alpha 3 Bike Hitch Rack from Kuat

Kuat Alpha 3 Bike Hitch Mounted Bicycle Rack, White
    Kuat racks. Their company name may seem funny, but when it comes to building a better bike rack they're all business. Kuat's new line of premium aluminum frame bike racks are lightweight but rock-solid.
    The Kuat Alpha 3 Bike Hitch Rack rugged frame is constructed from 6061 T6 aluminum and only weighs about 13 pounds (roughly half the weight of a traditional hitch mounted bike rack). It carries three bikes, with a maximum weight load of 100 pounds. The racks comes fully assembled, but folded flat (just the right size to fit in your trunk or behind the seat in your pickup truck). To set up the Alpha, pull the linchpin holds the tongue assembly in position and swing the tongue around. Next, reinsert the linchpin and slide the tongue into your receiver. After inserting the included locking hitch pin, tighten the large adjustment knob near the bottom of the rack and the small knob on the back just above the base.  These knobs tighten the rack into the hitch and remove as much play as possible from the rack to help keep your bikes safe and secure.

    The bike carrying arms on the Kuat Alpha Bike Rack have been designed with the same kind of stability features as the base. To flip the arms up into position remove the linchpin, flip up the arm assembly, and reinsert the linchpin. Then tighten the small knob on the backside of the mast to finish tightening the arm assembly. If you've ever carried your bikes on a hitch mounted bike rack before, you know the bike loading routine...with one exception. Most bike racks use only one or two straps to hold each bike in place, But the Kuat Alpha uses four straps. In conjunction with the Alpha's anti-sway cradles, this helps prevent sway during acceleration / braking and bike-to-bike contact. When not in use the Alpha's bike arms conveniently fold down to save space and make parking easier. The Kuat Alpha Bike Rack provides maximum security with its built-in cable lock to secure bikes to rack and hitch lock to secure your bike rack to the vehicle. The Alpha 3 comes in 1 1/4" and 2" receiver styles.

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Thursday, February 18, 2010

New EvenKeel Kayak Saddles From Yakima

Yakima's EvenKeel Kayak Saddles
    While it's still a bit early in the year for most of us to go kayaking, but it's never too early to get ready. Univesal Mounting Clamps insure a perfect fit.If we plan ahead, we can hit the water as soon as the ice melts, right? Yakima's new EvenKeel Complete Kayak Saddle Set includes everything you'll need to cradle your kayak on just about any roof rack. The EvenKeel saddles utilize an all-new universal attachment system that fits round, square, and most factory installed crossbars. Optional security screws are included, to help make sure the EvenKeel saddles carry your boat, not someone else's. All tools are included, and the installation instructions are simple and straightforward.
HullFlex technology cradles your boat like a baby...a big, watersport-loving baby.    The Yakima EvenKeel's flexible new HullFlex saddles bend inward AND outward to perfectly match the contour of your kayak's hull, and each saddle has a center mounter rubber pad to provide additional cushioning and superior grip. Yakima recommends using heavy duty cam-buckle straps and bow and stern tie downs to keep your kayak held snugly in place, so they've included them both with the EvenKeel. With a price that your wallet will love and all the features your kayak could ask for, Yakima's EvenKeel kayak rack is a basic saddle package that's anything but basic.