Image of the new Yakima 5-bike Ridgeback hitch carrier with locking receiver knob and tilting mast.

Growing family? Here’s a bike rack that will grow with you: the new-for-2014 Yakima RidgeBack 5 bicycle carrier for trailer hitch receivers. Perfect for carrying anywhere from 1-5 bikes, the RidgeBack 5 is the largest capacity carrier in Yakima’s high-quality price-point rack series. The RidgeBack 5 fits on virtually any vehicle hitch, since it comes compatible with either 1-1/4″ or 2″ receivers, and because the RidgeBack 5 is preassembled right out of the box, there’s no need to suffer the frustration of finding the right tools to install it or losing small parts in your driveway. Bikes of almost any shape or size can be transported snug and secure with three points of contact, using Yakima’s quick-adjust ZipStrips top tube straps and anti-sway cradles that prevent bikes from bashing against each other on bumps. The RidgeBack’s innovative SpeedKnob system offers fast, simple installation or removal and rattle-free travel, and also locks the rack onto the receiver hitch using an SKS-compatible lock core (additionally, a Yakima HandCuff locking cable can be purchased separately to lock the bikes onto the rack). The UpperHand lever, conveniently located at eye level, allows the rack to tilt down for accessing cargo in the rear of the car or truck. When the rack isn’t in use, the arms drop for on-vehicle storage, and the whole rack collapses flat to take up minimal storage space off the vehicle. With solid steel construction and a powder coat finish, the RidgeBack 5 is both durable and stylish, and the curved mast shape offers drive train and pedal clearance to further protect bikes and rack in transit. Bonus feature? The always-appreciated bottle opener integrated into the end of the rack arm.

To see all of the new Yakima hitch bike racks, visit the complete Yakima bicycle carriers for hitch mounts page.

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Here's the new Yakima RidgeBack 4 receiver mount bike rack with hitch lock and tilt-away feature.

Allow us to introduce you to one of the exciting new options from Yakima’s 2014 lineup of trailer hitch bike racks: the Yakima RidgeBack 4 hitch-mount bicycle carrier. The middle sibling in Yakima’s value series of RidgeBack hitch racks (there are also 2-bike and 5-bike models), the RidgeBack 4 transports up to four bicycles on a rack that works with both 1.25″ and 2″ trailer hitches, no adapters needed. The RidgeBack rack comes pre-assembled, sparing you the hassle of rummaging for tools or losing nuts and bolts on the floor of your garage, and it secures each bike with 3 contact points: a pair of ZipStrips straps that adjust easily on the bicycle’s top tube, and an anti-sway cradle that stabilizes the bike to avoid contact with the rack or other bikes installed beside it. The SpeedKnob system on the RidgeBack 4 makes installation and removal amazingly fast, eliminates rattling on bumpy roads, and even locks the carrier onto the vehicle using a Yakima Same Key System lock core and key. Additionally, a Yakima HandCuff cable lock for the bikes can be purchased separately. An accessible UpperHand lever makes it simple to tilt the rack away from the rear of the vehicle to open a hatchback or rear cargo space, and the rack arms are collapsible for improved clearance when bikes aren’t being carried. The entire unit also folds flat for space-saving storage off the vehicle. With a sturdy steel construction and powder coat finish, the RidgeBack 4 is burly and durable, and the unique S-shape of the rack mast leaves space to keep the bike’s pedals and chainrings from coming into contact with the rack. And if you still aren’t sold on the Yakima RidgeBack 4, consider this: a bottle opener is even integrated into the arm of the rack to quench your post-ride thirst.

View the complete line of Yakima Hitch Bike Racks.

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Image of the brand new Yakima RidgeBack 1.25" & 2" receiver hitch rack for two bicycles.

Compact, innovative, easy to use, and wallet-friendly. What’s not to love about the new Yakima RidgeBack 2 bicycle hitch mount? The smallest capacity carrier in Yakima’s new line of quality RidgeBack hitch racks, the RidgeBack 2 carries one or two bikes and works with both 1-1/4″ and 2″ receiver hitch mouths as is–no adapters needed. And to keep things easy, this rack also comes pre-assembled, so no fumbling with small parts and no tools needed, either. The RidgeBack 2 anchors the bikes with three points of contact, including super simple and secure ZipStrips top tube straps, and anti-sway cradles that keep bikes from bumping into each other in transit. The SpeedKnob system not only allows for easy install/removal and impressive stability, but also serves as a lock (with SKS lock core included) to lock the rack onto the vehicle. A cable lock for bicycles–the Yakima HandCuff–is also compatible with the RidgeBack and sold separately. The UpperHand cam lever, located handily at the top of the rack, allows the unit to tilt away from the car or truck for accessing gear in the back hatch, trunk, bed, etc.. The rack arms also fold down to save space when the rack ins’t being used, and the RidgeBack is fully collapsible to stow away small off the vehicle. The steel construction is sturdy and durable, and the powder coat finish resists rusts for improved longevity. Plus, the S-shaped mast design further protects bikes by adding clearance for pedals and chainrings. An integrated bottle opener is even included.

For more excellent options, visit the Yakima Hitch Bike Racks page.

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Image of the new Yakima FullTilt 5 locking hitch bike rack for 1-1/4" or 2" trailer hitches.

Your bikes and your friends are both precious, and now, thanks to the new Yakima FullTilt 5 locking hitch-mount bike carrier, you don’t have to decide between them on your next road trip. The Yakima FullTilt 5 is the largest in Yakima’s new line of premium FullTilt hitch bicycle racks, carrying up to five bikes and connecting into both 1.25″ or 2″ trailer hitches. The FullTilt is fast and simple to install, using a clever auto-pin that audibly clicks when the rack is inserted correctly into the vehicle hitch, and the locking SpeedKnob and integrated cable lock allow the rack to be locked onto the car’s receiver and the bikes to be locked onto the rack, both using Yakima SKS lock cores. When bikes aren’t loaded, the FullTilt tilts away from the vehicle by simply pulling a lever for handy access to a rear car door or hatch, and the mast arms also fold flush with the carrier for on-vehicle storage when not in use. Ratchet-style ZipStrip bike straps and high-quality padding on the mast arms offer topnotch security and protection, and the built-in bottle opener on the rack definitely completes this fine package.

Alternately, check out the complete line of Yakima hitch bike mounts.

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Here's the all-new Yakima FullTilt 4 lockable tilt-down bike rack for a 1-1/4" or 2" vehicle hitch.

Quality. Ease of use. Security. Style. Bottle Opener. Yes, Yakima has every feature covered in their new-for-2014 Yakima FullTilt 4-bike carrier for trailer hitch receivers. The Yakima FullTilt 4 is part of Yakima’s exceptional new FullTilt hitch bike rack line. It carries up to four bicycles and is compatible with both 1.25″ or 2″ hitches. Innovative technologies and specifications on the FullTilt include a built-in cable lock and a locking SpeedKnob to lock the bikes on the rack and the rack on the car or truck hitch (both locks are compatible with Yakima’s Same Key System lock cores); a simple lever to tilt the rack mast away from the vehicle when bikes aren’t being carried, allowing a hatchback or rear vehicle door to easily open; collapsible mast arms to streamline the rack when it isn’t being used; super secure ZipStrip ratchet straps to hold bikes stably even on rough roads; padded mast arms to protect bicycle frames; no-tool auto-pin installation that makes an audible “click” when the rack is mounted properly in the receiver; and last-but-not-least, the integrated bottle opener for your apres-cycling beverage.

View the full selection of Yakima bike racks for trailer hitches.

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Image of the new-for-2014 Yakima FullSwing hitch rack for four bicycles on a 2" trailer hitch.

Sure, you offered to drive all your friends to the weekend trail ride. Sure, you even helped them load up their bikes on your hitch rack.  But what happens when you pack up the bicycles post-ride only to discover you’ve left the cold ones in the back of the car? You could unload all those bikes again to get your hatchback open while your thirsty friends wait. Or, you could be the real hero of the ride and outfit your vehicle with the new Yakima FullSwing swing-away trailer hitch rack for 4 bikes, which swings  out from the receiver hitch for super easy access to the rear hatch, door, or trunk on your vehicle while the bicycles are still mounted in the rack. The Yakima FullSwing hitch carrier, which transports up to four bicycles, pairs this handy slide-out design with other convenient features, like a lever-operated foldable mast for when bikes aren’t being carried and premium padding and ratcheting ZipStrip straps that keep your bicycles fully secure in transit. You can feel confident with the rack installed thanks to the audible auto-pin insert that clicks when the rack is inserted correctly and complete locking security with the SKS-compatible SpeedKnob hitch lock and  built-in locking bike cable. And did we mention the FullSwing even comes with an integrated bottle open to prove to your friends you really have thought of everything? The FullSwing is compatible with 2″ trailer hitch receivers only.

For more information and other terrific options, visit the Yakima Hitch Bike Racks page.

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Image of the Saris 4412B Freedom platform hitch rack for 2 bikes.

Image of the Saris 4414B Freedom 4-bike trailer hitch rack.

Freedom from super costly rack systems that break the bank before you even hit the road. Freedom from wondering whether your kid’s or women’s-specific bike frame will fit on your new bicycle rack. Freedom from your bikes and your rack rattling around on your car when you hit a rough patch on the drive. These are a few of the new freedoms you’ll experience with the Saris Racks line of Freedom hitch bike racks, including the Saris Freedom 4414B hitch four-bike carrier and the Saris Freedom 4412B hitch two-bike carrier.

Each of these superb racks includes a handy platform system that makes installing and removing bikes on the rack effortless—no need to struggle with lifting bikes overhead, simply lift them to hitch-height on your vehicle, tighten, and go. The ultra-strong rack masts fold down easily to access the rear of the vehicle when bikes aren’t being transported. Additionally, the masts lock into three upright positions, while the rubber cradles with padded straps adjust along the masts, allowing you to find the optimal fit for the frame style and size of each bicycle. Ratchet strap wheel trays slide on the rack frame and secure with twist knobs, allowing you to contour the trays to the wheelbase of the bike being carried. A threaded, anti-rattle hitch pin reduces rack movement in transit, and a lockable hitch pin to lock the rack onto the car or truck receiver is also available from Saris for separate sale. And to top it off, the Freedom racks from Saris are proudly made in the USA.

The 4414B Freedom, designed for use with 2” trailer hitch receivers, hauls up to four bikes and features push-lever folding for on-vehicle storage as well as a tethered bail pin to tilt the rack down and open rear vehicle hatch or door without removing bicycles. It also comes with a cut-away in the rack base to insert an optional locking bike cable. The 4412B Freedom carries up to two bikes and comes with a universal hitch mount for use with 1-1/4” or 2” trailer hitch receivers.

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Image of the new Saris Freedom SuperClamp 4026 platform hitch bike mount for carrying 4 bikes.

Image of the new Saris Freedom SuperClamp 4025 platform hitch bike mount for carrying 2 bikes.

If you treat your bicycle like it’s your baby, then it’s definitely time to upgrade to one of the premium new Freedom SuperClamp hitch bike racks from Saris. The Saris 4026 Freedom SuperClamp 4-bike hitch rack and the Saris 4025 Freedom SuperClamp 2-bike hitch rack offer the ultimate in performance and convenience for getting your beloved bicycle safely and soundly wherever you need to go. Both models include a versatile platform-style design with ratcheting, padded hook arms that clamp to the front and rear wheels of the bicycle for a secure fit with virtually any size or style of bike—and by connecting the rack to the wheels, there’s no contact with the bicycle frame or associated risks of scratching. The platform system also makes loading and unloading bikes incredibly quick and easy, while the rack masts lock upright and fold down for easy access to the rear of the vehicle when bikes aren’t being carried. Sliding wheel trays with ratchet straps adjust easily using twist knobs for a contoured fit to the specific bike being carried, and a built-in cable lock allows the bikes to be locked to the rack and also stows away inside the rack arm when not in use. An additional included hitch lock locks the rack to the vehicle for complete peace of mind.

The 4026 Freedom SuperClamp, designed for use with 2” trailer hitch receivers, carries up to four bikes and also features push-lever folding for on-vehicle storage and a tethered bail pin to tilt the rack down and open rear vehicle hatch or door without removing bicycles. The 4025 Freedom SuperClamp carries up to two bikes and comes with a hitch adapter sleeve for use with 1-1/4” or 2” trailer hitch receivers. Best of all, these Saris racks are proudly made in the USA.

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Here's the value-packed new Thule 868 Outbound rooftop gear bag.

And here's the ultimate rooftop gear bag, the new Thule 869 Interstate cargo bag.

Whether you’re heading out for the weekend solo or with a whole crew of friends, you’ll be able to pack all of your essential gear hassle-free thanks to two terrific new cartop cargo bag options from Thule Racks. Check out the Thule 869 Interstate roof bag and the Thule 868 Outbound roof bag, both new releases for 2014.

The premium Thule 869 Interstate soft-sided roof bag features the finest construction and  maximum cargo space in its category. This 16 cubic foot luggage bag offers the best water resistance in the industry, and the super-durable materials are also designed with minimal environmental impacts. The Interstate mounts to vehicles with factory or aftermarket roof rack cross bars or raised side rails, and includes a padded base for abrasion resistance. The coated, 3-way zipper provides a storm flap for easy access and improved protection from the elements, and compression straps keep gear securely in place and reduce drag and noise in transit. And when your travels are finished for the season, the Interstate also packs down small for simple storage.

Like the Interstate, the Thule 868 Outbound soft-sided roof bag also includes a weather-resistant 3-sided zipper, a padded base to prevent scratching on the vehicle roof, dual compression straps to keep belongings organized and the bag streamlined, and environmentally-conscious construction. The Thule Outbound, however, offers more modest sizing and pricing than the Interstate, with a 13 cubic foot capacity. The Outbound also attaches to virtually any cartop roof rack or raised side rails, and folds flat for easy storage.

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Image of the innovative new Thule 527 Paceline fork bike rack.

Image of the new Thule 819 Portage universal canoe rack.

Image of the all-new Thule 811 SUP Shuttle carrier for stand-up paddleboards and surfboards.

Summer is short, and Thule knows there isn’t a moment to spare when it’s time to get outside. That’s why they’ve just released several outstanding new products in their bicycle and watersport carrier lines: the Thule 811 SUP Shuttle, Thule 527 Paceline bike rack, and Thule 819 Portage canoe carrier.

The Thule 811 SUP Shuttle pads and straps set is a versatile and value-packed way to carry one or two stand-up paddleboards (or other watersport boards). The SUP Shuttle comes with FlipFit mounting hardware that cleverly reverses to fit either factory or aftermarket styles of rooftop cross bar, and telescoping base pads that contour to the specific width of your board (up to 34” wide). The SUP Shuttle also includes easily-adjustable rack straps with wrap-around padding and buckle bumpers for scratch-free security.

The Thule 527 Paceline roof-mount bike carrier takes convenience and style to a new level. This sleek bicycle rack offers a corrosion-resistant aluminum tray with a low-profile design, ratcheting strap and high-wall wheel tray for optimal fit and security, and mounts that fit most round, square, or factory cross bars right out of the box. But the crowning feature on the Thule Paceline is the one-handed accessibility of the precision dial, which automatically clamps to the bicycle fork to deliver the optimal hold for secure, worry-free travel.

The Thule 819 Portage canoe brackets boast improved performance and simpler operation thanks to the FlipFit cross bar mounts that are compatible with virtually all round/square/aero/factory roof racks and the ramped gunwale stops that help the canoe slide up over the brackets and easily into place on the cross rails. Cushioning on the stops provides added protection, while the included bow/stern and load straps make tying the boat a cinch.

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roof rack Inno fairing offer from ORS Racks Direct - 0414
Inno Racks nationwide (USA) online retailer, ORS Racks Direct, is now running an exclusive promotional offer. Purchase any cartop mount complete roof rack system and receive for Free Inno’s car rack wind fairing.

American online retailer of the complete Inno Racks product line, ORS Racks Direct, is offering customers - for the entire month of April 2014 – an exclusive promotion called  – ‘Spring’ Into Action – featuring a free Inno Racks wind fairing / noise deflector shield with the purchase of any Inno Racks multi-purpose base roof rack systems w/ cross bars (free rack locks are also included). Long known for their market leading ability to successfully combine durability, superior quality and modern design styling with value pricing that most other big brand name vehicle rack manufacturers are unable to duplicate for similar car rack products performing the same compatibility and functioning performance as their Inno Racks counterparts.

view Inno Racks Free Wind Fairing with Roof Rack Purchase complete details
view line-up of all Inno Roof Racks complete base systems for car rooftops

Products within the Inno automobile cartop base rack + crossbars line-up include the IN-SU (for cars, vans and pickup trucks with totally bare rooftops currently, no factory rack, side rails, roof tracks etc.); IN-FR (for mounting to vehicles with factory side rails); IN-XR (for rooftops with pair of tracks mounted, or for vehicles with factory installed fixed rack attachment points); IN-AD / IN-SD / IN-MD raingutter roof racks (for rooftop rain gutters-drip rails, as well as mounting brackets that allow for the attachment of these rain gutter rack systems. All products listed are available at ORS Racks Direct for complete details and specifications, car rack reviews, informational videos, discussions, questions and answers for Inno products, as well as purchasing.

Also new for 2014 is the premium Inno XS Series (all qualify for the free wind fairing offer). These complete roof rack systems meet the discriminating satisfaction of customers seeking the highest levels for aesthetics, aerodynamic fuel savings, quieting of rack noise, guaranteed lifetime durability and maximum versatility. The XS  Series of car racks includes the Inno XS100 for raised side rails; XS200 for smooth, totally bare rooftops; XS300 for fixed-points or vehicles with roof tracks; XS400 for flush mount side rails.

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Image of the folding SportRack SR9850 hitch cargo basket for 2" vehicle receivers.

Whether you’re trying to transport gear for a weekend camping trip or ski get-away with the family, or a cross-country move with everything you own, the new-for-2013 line of SportRack roof boxes, luggage bags, and hitch or cartop gear baskets has the perfect system for your belongings and for your vehicle. As a division of Thule Racks, quality and affordability are paired in one great collection from SportRack. A plentiful assortment of gear carriers is available, from trailer hitch-mount baskets to soft-sided bags for rooftop side rails; baskets, bags, or boxes for round, square, or factory car rack cross bars; and cargo carrier accessories, too.

All SportRack Gear Racks, Roof Boxes, Luggage Bags, and Cargo Baskets

Cargo Basket & Accessory Bag for 2” Trailer Hitch Category

The SportRack SR9850 Foldable Cargo Basket for a trailer hitch is one popular model that makes transporting your gear as effortless as loading it into a basket mounted on the vehicle receiver hitch. Installing or removing the basket is straightforward and simple: the basket connects directly into a 2” trailer hitch receiver (fits 2” receivers only). The SR9850 is constructed with heavy duty steel that is tough, durable, and can carry up to 500 pounds. The SR9850 also folds up when it isn’t loaded, allowing the basket to stow on the back of the vehicle between uses. A popular addition to this basket is the SportRack SR8120 hitch basket cargo bag, which nests inside the SR9850 basket.

SportRack Rooftop Rack Cargo-Luggage-Gear Boxes Category

Waterproof, locking, hard-sided luggage boxes for rooftop racks popular models are the SR7011 Horizon 11 cu. ft., SR7016 Horizon 16 cu. ft., and SR7017 Horizon 17 cu. ft. gear boxes; SR7095 Skyline 18 cu. ft. gear box; and SR7018 Vista 18 cu. ft. rear-open gear box.

SportRack Rooftop Rack Cargo Bags/Baskets Category

Popular cargo bag and basket models for rooftop racks are the SR8107 15 cu. ft. cargo bag; SR8106 13 cu. ft. cargo bag; and SR9030 roof basket.

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Image of the SportRack SR5528 6" block and strap full kit for carrying a canoe on a bare roof or on vehicle cross rails.

Thanks to the 2013 line of SportRack watersport systems for cross rails or bare roofs, you’ll be able to get your canoe or kayak to the water safely and securely, no matter what type of vehicle you drive. As a division of Thule Racks, name brand quality and budget-friendly affordability merge in SportRack watersport products. A variety of kayak cross bar mounts are included in the lineup, as are complete canoe and kayak foam block systems, and configurations are designed for cars with no roof rack (bare roof), cars with aftermarket roof racks (like those from SportRack, Yakima, Inno, Thule, Whispbar, and more), and for most vehicle factory car racks, too. Handy kayak and canoe rack accessories are also available.

SportRack Kayak Racks and Canoe/Kayak Block & Strap Kits Complete Product Lineup

SportRack Bare Roof Foam Blocks/Straps Complete Kit for Kayaks & Canoes Category

The SportRack SR5528 6” complete canoe kit standard carrier comes with everything included to carry a kayak on almost any vehicle roof: blocks, straps, and tie-downs. Six-inch foam blocks with cut-outs mount directly onto the canoe gunwales, and include a non-skid surface that is compatible with a naked car rooftop with no vehicle rack, a factory cross rails rack, or a round/square/elliptical aftermarket cross bars system. A pair of bow/stern tie-downs with buckles lash the canoe to the car bumpers, and a 15’ canoe strap connects the boat onto the vehicle roof or roof rack. Other popular models include the SR5529 8” canoe carrier; SR5527 adjustable kayak carrier; SR5525 12” kayak carrier; SR5530 14” kayak carrier; SR5526 16” kayak carrier; and SR5531 18” kayak carrier.

SportRack Roof Rack Kayak Systems Category

Popular kayak holders for vehicle cross bars include the SR5512 saddle kayak carrier; SR5523 side-stacking kayak carrier; SR5511 J-stacking kayak carrier; and SR5513 folding kayak carrier.

 

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Image of the locking SportRack SR6456 snowsport rack for 6 pairs of skis or 4 snowboards.

SportRack ski and snowboard racks (owned by Thule Racks) fuse value, performance, and affordability in multiple styles and sizes of carrier that are sure to fit your gear and vehicle configurations. The 2013 ski and snowboard mounts by SportRack allow snowboards and skis to be carried at the same time, and offer everything from economy options for carrying just a single board or pair of skis, to weatherproof, versatile boxes that can carry snowboards, skis, poles, and gear altogether. Carriers are available for SportRack cross bars and other aftermarket roof racks (like those from Yakima, Inno, Thule, Whispbar, and more), and for most OEM vehicle cross rails, too.

SportRack snowboard and ski racks for cartop cross bars complete product line

SportRack Ski & Snowboard Roof Racks Category

The SportRack SR6456 cartop carrier for 4 snowboards/6 pairs of skis is a terrific choice that is compatible with round, square, or factory cross bars and mounts simply with no drilling required. Raiser block mounts are included for additional binding clearance, and locks are also integrated for extra security. Other popular models include the SR6454 rack for 2 snowboards/4 pairs of skis; and the SR6453 rack for 6 snowboards/8 pairs of skis.

SportRack Ski & Snowboard Cargo Boxes Category

Popular lockable and waterproof ski/snowboard roof boxes include the SR7017 box (17 cubic foot); SR7016 box (16 cubic foot); and the SR7011 (11 cubic foot).

 

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Image of the folding and locking SportRack SR2902LR platform-style 4-bike hitch rack for 2" receivers.

SportRack bike racks deliver value, performance, and economy in a straightforward and reliable package that is geared for all of your cycling adventures, whether you’re driving your bike around the block or across the country. With a new line for 2013, no matter what type of bicycle rack you’re looking for SportRack has you covered–from roof and trailer hitch mounts to rear hatch, trunk, or spare tire systems, to indoor or outdoor storage racks, and even accessories like locks or frame adapters.

All SportRack hitch, roof, trunk/hatch/spare tire, and storage bike racks

SportRack Trailer Hitch Bike Racks Category
Check out the SportRack SR2902LR Locking Platform Hitch Bike Rack, one terrific hitch-mount option for carrying up to four bicycles. The 4-bike Locking Platform Hitch Bike Rack is compatible with 2″ trailer hitch receivers, and conveniently tilts down to access rear vehicle hatch or door and also folds up for easy clearance and on-vehicle storage when not in use. Adjustable rubberized hooks hold bicycles by the frame, keeping them protected and stable on any road surface, and are compatible with almost any size or style of bike. Plus, locks are even included to lock bikes onto the hitch rack and the hitch rack onto the vehicle. Other popular models in the trailer hitch bike rack category include: SR2901 and SR2901LR tilt-down platform bike racks; SR2403 and SR2404 hanging hitch bike racks; SR2414 towable trailer hitch bike rack; SR2512 and SR2513 trailer hitch tow ball mount hitch bike racks.

 SportRack Rooftop Bike Racks Category
Popular model bicycle carriers for mounting to car rack cross bars include: ABR622, SR4882, SR4882RP, SR4611 and SR4622 roof bike racks.
SportRack Rear Hatch Door / Car Trunk Bike Racks and Spare Tire Bike Racks Category
Popular model bicycle carriers include:  
SR2813 3-bike spare tire bike rack; SR3141 3-bike SUV / van bike rack, SR3161, SR3152 and SR3162 car trunk / hatchback bike racks.
SportRack Bike Storage Stands, Bike Parking Racks and Accessories Category
Popular models include: SR0010 bike parking rack; SR0012 bicycle storage rack / adjustable upright stand; SR0500 alternative bike adapter; SR0017 and SR0018 hitch rack locking knobs; SR0020 bike cable lock; SR0022 and SR0901 hitch pin bolts, lock pins and cable locks.

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Image of the SportRack SR1020 car rack for camper RVs and camp trailers.

Setting out on any epic cross country adventure or weekend get-away is quicker and easier with the right gear…and it’s even more enjoyable when getting set up with the right gear doesn’t require burning through your vacation budget. That’s where the terrific 2013 line of SportRack rooftop cross bars systems comes in. As a division of Thule Racks, SportRack delivers top quality and performance in products that are also surprisingly affordable. Their roof base racks accommodate all SportRack accessories and additionally work with most carriers from other brands like Yakima, Thule, Malone, Inno, RockyMounts, or Whispbar. To find fit specifications for your vehicle, consult the SportRack Fit Guide.

One option perfect for all-day or all-summer adventures is the SportRack SR1020 camper top roof rack, manufactured for use on campers or trailer tops. This sturdy, versatile rack system comes with feet and mounting hardware, and adjustable cross bars that telescope from 79” to 88” long, allowing a custom bar length for the roof width on a specific camper or camp trailer. The SR1020 system works well for any configuration of gear, like bike holders, canoe or kayak cradles, surfboard or SUP clamps, ski or snowboard mounts, or cargo bags and boxes – and with the impressive 200 pound weight limit on the SR1020, nothing needs to be left at home.

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SportRack SR1001 Rain Gutters Roof Rack

by Rack-Z on October 22, 2013

Here's the outstanding, new for 2013 SportRack SR1001 roof rack for rain gutters.

If you’re looking for a safe, reliable, high-quality cartop rack that won’t break the bank, consider the fine collection of car roof rack systems by SportRack. With a new and redesigned line for 2013, SportRack (a division of Thule Racks) has a multi-purpose vehicle rack for almost any rig you’re driving, whether it’s a car, truck, or minivan with a naked rooftop, a model with rain gutters or factory rails, or maybe even a camper RV. These cartop base racks provide the perfect platform for hauling any type of gear, like snowboards, skis, bicycles, surfboards, SUPs, canoes, kayaks, cargo boxes, luggage bags, and more. To determine which rack fits best on your vehicle, check out the SportRack Fit Guide.

And if your vehicle has rain gutters, the SportRack SR1001 rain gutter rooftop vehicle rack is probably the right choice for you. The SR1001 is a quick and easy install, mounting right into the rain gutters on the vehicle using specially-designed hooks and feet, and also comes with a pair of cross bars and even locks and keys. Not only do these square SportRack cross bars fit with any SportRack rack accessories, but they’re also compatible with most other rack brands, such as Yakima, Thule, Malone, Inno, RockyMounts, or Whispbar, and the built-in lock cores mean you can drive anywhere without worrying about your new rack system.

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SportRack SR1009 Factory Side Rails Roof Rack

by Rack-Z on October 10, 2013

Image of the new for 2013 SportRack SR1009 vehicle rack for use on factory side rails.

SportRack is a division of Thule Racks, which means they deliver trusted quality and performance in all of their vehicle racks. But SportRack is also uniquely affordable, making it an excellent choice for anyone looking for a budget-friendly way to reliably transport their gear on their car. SportRack’s rooftop cross rails racks offer something for every configuration or every type of vehicle, from naked rooftops to those with factory side rails or cross bars, rain gutters, or even campers. The square cross bars included in any SportRack complete cartop rack accommodate all SportRack accessories as well as most carriers from other brands like Yakima, Thule, Malone, Inno, RockyMounts, or Whispbar. Visit the SportRack base system roof racks page for a full product lineup and more information, and consult the SportRack Fit Guide to determine the best models for your specific vehicle.

For vehicles with factory side rails, the SportRack SR1009 car rack for parallel rails is a terrific choice. The SR1009 roof rack kit comes with four adjustable feet that fit most raised factory side rails, a pair of cross bars, and even locks and keys to lock the system onto the roof of the car. These factory rack compatible rooftop cross bars provide a sturdy, versatile platform for carrying any type of gear, including snowboards, skis, bicycles, surfboards, SUPs, canoes, kayaks, cargo boxes, luggage bags, and more. The SR1009 rack system can be mounted to accommodate different factory rail sizes and shapes, and is particularly fast and simple to install or remove.

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Image of the SportRack SR1002 naked roof car rack with towers, cross bars, and locks.

Considering a new roof rack for your vehicle, but looking for something budget-friendly? Check out the 2013 new line-up of SportRack rooftop rack systems. Manufactured by Thule Racks, SportRack car racks offer name brand quality, performance, and affordability. They’re designed to carry any rack accessory or type of gear, including snowboards, skis, bicycles, sufboards, SUPs, canoes, kayaks, cargo boxes, luggage bags, and more, and SportRack makes a variety of rack options for vehicles with bare rooftops: the SR1002, SR1003, SR1004, SR1005, SR1006, SR1007, SR1008, and SR1010. To find fit specifications for particular racks and vehicles, visit the SportRack Fit Guide.

The SportRack SR1002 bare rooftop vehicle rack mounts quickly and easily, creating a versatile, reliable base rack system. It comes in a kit with four feet and hooks, a pair of cross bars, and even locks and keys included too. The SportRack cross bars not only fit with SportRack products, but also are compatible with most other rack brands, like Yakima, Thule, Malone, Inno, RockyMounts, or Whispbar.

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Image of a rooftop cross bars rack for two bicycles on a Ford F250 truck bed cap with tracks, featuring the Yakima Control Towers base rack (with LP1 landing pads and 66" bars) and two Yakima HighRoller bike mounts.

These Yakima HighRollers on Control Towers for tracks on a Ford F-250 Leer pickup bed topper are the perfect way to carry bicycles around town or across the country.

Pop quiz: how do you carry multiple bicycles, a boat, ladder, or lumber, and a whole mess of tools, camping supplies, or random gear all at once on the same vehicle? With this terrific solution a customer recently installed on their Ford F-250! They selected a Yakima round bars rooftop ladder rack with locking bicycle carriers for a Leer pickup truck bed cap with tracks. With this truck topper rack system, the bed of this customer’s truck is left open for other applications, while bikes and any additional rack accessories or other long loads are carried easily and safely on the Leer cap. A Yakima Control Tower car rack is connected onto the truck cap tracks shown here using four Landing Pad 1 mounts and a pair of 66″ cross bars. Then, a Yakima HighRoller bike rack is attached at either end of the cross bars, allowing bikes to be carried on the outside of the bars and leaving plenty of room in between to mount other items. The Control Tower base system can be installed or removed in seconds, leaving only the minimal landing pad brackets in the tracks, and the HighRoller bicycle trays feature an upright-style design that doesn’t require taking off the front wheel before using, fit with almost any size or style of bike, and even come with locks included.

Discover more on the Ford F250 bike racks with adjustable cross rails for fiberglass pickup topper tracks installation page.

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Image of a Ford F150 Leer pickup topper with a permanent raingutters truck shell cap rack, featuring the Yakima Bolt Top Loader artificial raingutter brackets and the Yakima 1A Raingutter complete base rack wtih 78" cross bars.

This Yakima raingutter truck topper rack for a Leer shell on a Ford F150 pickup bed is perfect for hauling building supplies, boats, or any other long loads.

These customer install pictures demonstrate a terrific way to mount cross bars on a fiberglass camper or pickup truck shell: Yakima 1A Raingutter towers on Bolt Top Loader artificial raingutter brackets for a Ford F-150 Leer truck bed cap. This customer drilled the Yakima Bolt Top Loader brackets directly into the top of the F-150 Leer cap, creating four artificial raingutter mounts that they could then attach four Yakima 1A Raingutter towers onto. Finally, they added a pair of 78″ cross bars for a versatile, dependable base rack that can easily be taken on or off and is ready to carry virtually any load on top of the pickup truck cap.

For complete details, visit the fiberglass Ford F150 truck bed cap with cross bars on permanent brackets installation page.

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Incredible image of a motorboat with Thule Gateway bike rack strapped to stern, featuring the Thule 9007xt Gateway 3 trunk bike rack.

The only thing you can't do with this motor boat bicycle carrier for 3 bikes is ride on water.

The only problem with boating is that you never know when you might spot land and want to go for a ride. With this custom install, that’s not a problem anymore. This customer created a motorboat-mounting trunk bicycle rack that allows them to take their bikes and their boat in the same outing. They selected the Thule 9007xt Gateway 3 trunk rack, strapping it to the stern of their motorboat with Thule’s patented and effortless lever adjustment. Hold Fast cradles and Anti-Sway cages protect and secure the bikes, preventing them from swinging into each other on bumpy roads. The arms on the Gateway rack drop down for improved parking clearance and on-car storage when bicycles aren’t being transported, and not only does this rack fit on boats, but it also fits with most types of bicycle, too.

To learn more, visit the trunk/hatchback mount bicycle strap rack installed on a boat page.

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Image of 2008 Cadillac SRX raised rails with cartop rack basket and load bar pads, featuring the Thule 450 CrossRoad base rack with 50" bars, the Thule 690xt MOAB roof basket, and two pairs of Thule 801 surf pads.

This cartop basket and pads on Thule cross bars for a 2008 Cadillac SRX is a great system for transporting any gear imaginable.

Are your family trips to the beach getting a bit cramped? We’re willing to bet this customer hasn’t had to ride with their feet on a cooler or a duffel bag of wet swim gear in their lap since they installed this great luggage basket and cross rail pads on a car rack for 2008 Cadillac SRX parallel rails. Now they can fit all of their gear on the roof of their vehicle, leaving plenty of room inside the car for passengers to stretch out. This system begins with the Thule 450 CrossRoad base system, using four 450 CrossRoad feet and two 50” load bars. This roof rack mounts directly onto the raised side rails on this Cadillac, creating a stable and multi-purpose car rack. Then, a Thule 690xt MOAB cargo basket is attached to the load bars. The MOAB basket comes with universal mounting hardware that is compatible on both factory or round/square cross bars, a custom front fairing to deflect wind and reduce noise, and adjustable cross bars that attach to the basket rails, allowing additional rack accessories to connect over top of the basket. Next, this customer put these basket cross bars to good use, adding two sets of Thule 801 Surf Pads. Now they’re set to carry surfboards, SUPs, windsurfers, kayaks, canoes, and lots more.

To find out more, head to the Thule CrossRoads car rack with MOAB basket and Surfboard Pads on elevated side rails for a 2008 Cadillac SRX installation page.

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Great install photo of a 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo with Thule luggage basket mounted to OEM roof bars, using the Thule 690xt MOAB cargo basket.

This Thule MOAB universal rooftop basket on a 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee vehicle rack is a perfect combination for a day of shopping or a summer of camping.

It’s a perfect day for a road trip, and thanks to their new rooftop cargo basket for 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo cross bars, this customer won’t have any problems bringing all their friends and all their stuff along for the drive. This rack system features the Thule 690xt MOAB roof basket mounted directly onto the OEM cross rails on this Grand Cherokee. Not only is the Thule MOAB basket compatible with virtually any factory cross bar, but the universal attachment brackets mean it also fits onto aftermarket cross bars. Installation is quick and simple, and with a Thule 544 set of four lock cores, the basket can also be locked onto the vehicle roof for complete peace of mind. An included basket fairing reduces wind noise and adds a sporty finishing touch. This durable, multi-purpose MOAB basket is perfect for any vehicle and any cargo, and with the included basket-mounting Thule cross bars, additional accessories like bike or ski racks can even be attached over top of the basket. And if you need even more room, a Thule MOAB basket extension is also available separately.

To find out more, go to the OEM Car Rack with Rooftop Cargo Basket on a 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee installation page.

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Nice image of a four-bicycle folding receiver hitch mount on a Honda CRV, featuring the Thule 9029 Vertex 4 hitch bike rack.

This Honda CRV with Thule Vertex hitch-mount bike holder is perfect for any type of bike or any trip.

Whether they plan to transport road bikes to a race or cruisers to an afternoon on the boardwalk, this customer has the ideal system for the job: a Thule Vertex rear hitch bicycle rack on a Honda CRV receiver. The Thule 9029 Vertex 4 bike holder shown here works with almost any size or style of bike, and installs directly onto a 1.25” or 2” trailer hitch. It tilts away from the back of the vehicle for handy rear door/hatch access, and also folds down when not being used. Bikes are held securely in place thanks to cushioned cradles, cages, and arc-shaped bike arms that prevent bicycles from swinging against one another on bumpy roads. Other Vertex hitch bike rack models are also available in a two or five bike capacity, or with a swing-away design. Plus, there are terrific CURT trailer hitch receivers available for vehicles without a hitch mount already installed.

For more information, visit the Thule Vertex bike carrier for a Honda CRV trailer hitch mount installation page.

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Malone Roof Racks on Subaru Outbacks

by Rack Magic Woman on September 9, 2013

Interesting and useful information from Malone Auto Racks technical support department post-field test of their products on Subaru Outback:

Malone carriers do fit the Subaru Outbacks. BUT…(always a but, right). Subaru has 2 different designs of roof racks available. The wagon models have the roof rail that unlocks and then pivots into the cross bar position. On these systems our (Malone) carriers mount very well. Our cross bars however don’t, but with this system folks wouldn’t need an after market cross bar anyway.

On the smaller sedan versions Subaru offers a ‘Factory’  cross bar that mounts into recessed pre-drilled holes along the rain gutter (offered from 2008-current). Malone carriers will mount around these but due to the profile of the  crossbar the carriers will lean towards the front of the vehicle. This is the situation that we don’t recommend our carriers on.

*The Subaru Forester has just a plain raised roof rail that our cross bars fit onto very well.

 

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Looking for Direct Mount Roof Rack for 2013 FJ Cruiser

by Rack Magic Woman on September 5, 2013

Q: I’m buying a 2013 FJ Cruiser and the factory rack is really not going to meet my needs (mounting a “rack to a rack”, which would be the case if we had the factory installed unit, is too much hardware and too high up for us).  Can you recommend a system where we can install a mounting point (or whatever) on the roof using the existing mounting points (i.e. no new holes) where we can connect a Thule, Yakima (or whatever) tower with a cross bar?  My configuration will be the basic cross bars with a kayak J-cradle and/or a box on top for skis.

A:  Whispbar is the only rack system we have that will allow you to utilize the fixed points on your FJ. There are three different Whispbar options for your vehicle, and they are:

Whispbar Flush Bar System, (includes S8 flush bars, K595 fit kit and locks). This will give you the cleanest, factory installed look of the three.

Whispbar Through Bar System (includes S17 through bars, K595 fit kit and locks). This will give you more real estate on the bars if you need to carry multiple kayaks, bikes, etc down the road. This is the one I would recommend for your vehicle.

Whispbar HD Bar System (includes T17HDXB bars, K595 fit kit and locks). This will give you a beefier bar that would definitely match the rugged style of the FJ, but it does not give you any extra capacity in either weight or bar space.

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Image of a Toyota 4Runner with swing out bike rack for a 2" trailer hitch, featuring the Yakima SwingDaddy hitch bike rack.

This slide-away hitch bicycle carrier on a Toyota 4Runner 2" trailer hitch is a simple way to carry bikes and access the back vehicle door.

If there was a top gun of hitch bicycle racks, this one would definitely be in the running: the Yakima SwingDaddy hitch rack for four bikes on a Toyota 4Runner. The premium SwingDaddy bike rack is compatible with 2” receiver hitches and includes a swing-out feature that lets the rack extend out from the vehicle to open the rear car door without taking the bikes off the rack. It also comes with anti-sway cradles and cages to protect and steady bikes, cradle arms that fold flush with the hitch rack mast to take up less space when bicycles aren’t being transported, and full locking security for the bikes and the rack itself. Plus, there are excellent aftermarket CURT receiver hitch mounts available for cars not equipped with a trailer hitch.

Find out more at the Yakima SwingDaddy hitch-mount bike cradles for a Toyota 4Runner installation page.

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Image of a Toyota Rav4 door-mounted spare tire with a locking bike carrier, featuring the Yakima SpareTime 2.

This Yakima SpareTime 2 Toyota Rav 4 spare tire bicycle rack will also fit most other rear-mount spare tires.

There’s no need to sacrifice the convenience of a rear door spare tire for the convenience of a rear door bike rack. Instead, you can have both—and here’s one install that shows you how: a Yakima SpareTime 2 bike holder on a Toyota Rav-4 rear door spare tire. The Yakima SpareTime 2 bike rack shown here installs directly onto the spare tire plate on this Rav4, and also fits onto almost any other spare tire bolt pattern. It carries two bikes and is even versatile enough to mount onto tires that aren’t centered on the vehicle door. Anti-Sway cradles hold bikes snug and upright to prevent swaying or scratching, locks and keys for both bicycles and the rack itself come included, and the arms also collapse for simple on-vehicle storage when bikes aren’t being transported. And if all this weren’t enough, the SpareTime 2 even comes with built-in bottle openers, proving Yakima has thought of everything.

For complete details, visit the Folding Bicycle Rack for Spare Tire on a Toyota RAV4 installation page.

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Water in my Roof Box – Thought it was Waterproof?

by Rack Magic Woman on August 20, 2013

Q: I purchased the Thule 625 Force XL roof box, knowing that this was the best waterproof option for carrying my gear on the roof of my 2011 Chevy Tahoe.  After one long road trip in the rain I found puddles in the box and most of my stuff was wet? What’s with that?

A: Thule discovered in the 1st quarter of 2013 that specifically the 625 Force XL and 626 Force XXL roof boxes were prone to ‘fish mouthing’, a term Thule uses to describe the tendency of a roof box lid to open up a bit in the front (looking like an open mouth bass fish). This is caused by the lack of reinforcement in the box lid to withstand the tremendous wind forces produced during travel.

Thule took these Force boxes out of production and redesigned them using the same front lid reinforcement bar and rivets engineering as the premium series Thule Sonic boxes – Solving the problem on this next generation of the 625 Force and Force XXL.  See the pictures below to check and see if your box has the rivets and re-enforced bar…

 

Thule 625 Force Cargo Box

PICTURE OF REINFORCEMENT BAR ON FRONT BOX LID INTERIOR

Thule Force 625 With Reinforcement Rivets

PICTURE OF EXTRA REINFORCEMENT RIVETS ON THE NOSE

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