19th Jan 2016

International Sportsmen’s Expo!

ISE Blog PicIn a couple of days the International Sportsman’s Expo will be coming to the Sacramento area! Rack N Road is happy to say we will be attending the Expo again this year and hope to see some old and new faces! The International Sportsmen’s Expo showcases all the new and popular items and ideas in the outdoor sports world. Having attended the Expo more than once, Rack N Road employees can vouch it has everything outdoor lovers are looking for.

There will be hunting seminars and information about different game, fishing tricks and techniques, a sporting dog arena, and exhibition stations with a wide range of goodies available. Be sure to look for us if you need some way to transport your kayak when you want to go fishing, or need a cargo box to carry extra hunting gear!

When: January 21-24 2016 from 11pm-8pm Thurs-Fri, Sat 10pm-7pm & Sun 10pm-5pm
Where: Cal Expo, State Fairgrounds 1600 Exposition Blvd. Sacramento, CA 95815

Latest and Greatest: Special Features

  • Fishing and hunting outfitters and guides
  • Boats, motors, and marine accessories
  • RV’s and campers
  • Truck-aftermarket accessories
  • Offroad Test Tracks
  • Outdoor Product Showcases (OPS)

Check out the International Sportsmen’s Expo website to learn more and purchase tickets. We hope to see you there!

30th Dec 2015

Get the right chains for your vehicle

    Winter is in full flow, if you’re heading up to the mountains it’s probably time to invest in a good set of tire chains! We at Rack N Road know that tire chains can be difficult to understand and to deal with, so we decided it was time to step in. In order to help ease the pain we are going to give you a step by step guide into purchasing the right tire chains for your vehicle.
  1. To begin, in order to get the proper tire chain you need to know the measurement of your tires. This can be located on the front of the tire, typically next to the tire’s brand logo. You should be able to see a 3 digit number (Width) followed by a 2 digit number (Profile) and then another 2 digit number (Rim, sometimes displayed with the letter R before the numbers). Each measurement is necessary to determine your tire chain size, so it’s imperative that you mark down the correct numbers. If you are still unsure where to locate these numbers, don’t hesitate to come to a local Rack N Road and we will gladly check it out.
  2. Do you have a passenger vehicle or an SUV or truck? Different vehicles require different chains. IMPORTANT: Some vehicles require 0mm clearance chains. This is typically displayed in the owner’s manual if you aren’t sure whether you need 0mm clearance or not.
  3.  Once you have the proper measurements for your tire, the vehicle type, and know what clearance you have for your chains; we can now narrow down some actual chains. Now, snow chains come in all different shapes and styles so it is very important that you let your local Rack N Road employee know what your looking for in a snow chain. Do you want more traction or do you want an easy off-and-on chain? Is price a factor? Let us know and we’ll get you set up with a perfect fit.
    Rack N Road supplies Thule snow chains, with a range of styles and price points. We can’t get enough of the Easy-Fit design, it is far and away worth the investment if it saves you from the cold scrambling affair that is installing tire chains. Practicing with these chains first eventually allows you to install them in mere seconds.

    The 0mm clearance K-Summit has some of the highest traction and quality of any chain we’ve seen, offering you peace of mind in comparison to cables (it also happens to be another easy installer). The standard diamond pattern on other Thule chains ensures there will always be chain on the road, again a safer bet when compared with the typical ladder style many other brands have.
    Because chains are extremely tire specific, give yourself some time in advance before your road trip to contact your local Rack N Road and check availability. If we don’t have a chain in stock, we can always order it for you!

29th Dec 2015

Try our rental program this winter!

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Are you unfamiliar with roof racks? Never put a cargo box on top of your vehicle? Well, we at Rack N Road have a simple and easy solution for you. Before you spend an ample amount of money this winter, we recommend trying our rental program. Customers come into our stores everyday wondering what roof rack would work best for their vehicle, how expensive will everything be, is this something they will use on a consistent basis, and is it worth the cost. If you’re not quite ready to take the plunge, try the product out first to answer your questions.

Benefits
If you only need an accessory for a short period of time, renting is a great way to save hundreds. If you want to try something before you buy it, all your rental costs go towards purchasing the item!

Getting Started
Does your car already have the foundation to carry accessories? Almost all accessories need a roof rack or a trailer hitch to carry them. If you don’t have crossbars on the roof, let us know if you have any side rails, fixed points, or a bare roof, and we’ll get you set up with the proper fitting rack. Because non-permanent roof racks require a very specific vehicle kit, the only thing you’ll have to buy outright is the fit kit. The rest of the rack is available to rent!

What Do You Need?
Planning on a road trip and need extra storage? Need an easy way to take your skis up to the mountain? Want to try out a hitch rack to see if you like it before you buy it? Rack N Road has plenty of items to rent, and plenty of possibilities. Narrow down what item you need and how long you need it for. Consider the size of your vehicle while figuring out your needs; a cargo box would be a great space saver for a Prius, but it should be a smaller box for the smaller car and may not fit some specialty items or a large amount of luggage.

Get in Touch
Every store has different rental item availability, it’s always a good idea to call ahead to see if they have an item you’re looking for and to see about pricing. After that, come down to the store with your vehicle and we’ll take care of the rest! We’ll show you how to use your rental to ensure you’re good to go.

9th Dec 2015

Our top 3 Gift Ideas for the Holidays!

The Holiday season is in full swing right now, and we at Rack N Road want to help it go as smoothly as possible. We know finding gifts for adventure seekers can be a tough task, getting them the right gift for the right price can be daunting. That’s where we want to help. Here are a few holiday gift ideas for those adventure seekers in your family that will be sure to make them happy.

1) Thule- Universal Pull Top

This Thule product might be the best Ski rack on the market. Not only can you carry up to 4 snowboards and 6 pairs of skis, it also comes with Speedlink hardware, allowing you to install your ski rack quickly, easily, and securely (the Pull Top is fully locking for your peace of mind).  The oversized buttons are easy to push open, even with the most finger restricting gloves.

92726 Univseral Pull TopWhat really sets this ski rack apart from the competition is the telescoping arms, they allow you to pull the entire clamping mechanism away from the roof – no need to scramble over your car to reach all your gear. The Universal Pull Top is a higher priced ski rack, but Thule’s durable and convenient design will make this a gift well used and well loved. Priced at $249.95, keep in mind Rack N Road also tries to guarantee lowest price and everyone is encouraged to call their local store to check if we can price match for you.


2)  Yakima SkyBox Pro 16

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Know somebody who has a lot of gear and usually ends up just throwing the whole mess in the back of the car? Well, a simpler and more convenient solution to that chaos would be storing it all in a cargo box. Not only will the SkyBox Pro 16 provide you with the space you want/need, but it also has a sleek aerodynamic look which will reduce drag and noise. The Skybox Pro 16 opens on each side of the box, so you don’t have to always load or unload your gear on one side of the vehicle. Available in the sleek gray Titanium, or a glossy black Onyx, the Skybox Pro 16 is available for $599.00. Especially for larger sized items like a cargo box, it’s always a good idea to email or call a Rack N Road to check if we have the size and color you want!

Pro tip: Knowing the year, make, model, and body style of the vehicle you want to put a cargo box on can make all the difference! If you plan on gifting a cargo box, learn the size of the vehicle and if it already has a roof rack system, then ask a Rack N Road Outfitter for the perfect sized box to go along with it.


3) Yeti Rambler Lowball

Yeti Lowball

Want something simple to give your adventure seeker? Look no further because this is the perfect gift for anyone! The new Yeti Rambler Lowball is a life changing drinking companion, at the the top of the slopes or around the campfire. Yeti products have an active cult following; people love the Lowball because of the double-wall vacuum insulation that keeps your hot drinks steaming and your cold drinks icy for significantly longer than any other thermos. The stainless steel won’t suffer any wear and tear, the No Sweat Design keeps your hands dry and comfy. We know it may not look as fancy as a new cargo box or ski rack, but for those that like a nice hot cup of coffee in the morning, you cant go wrong with the Lowball.

The Yeti Rambler Lowball sells for $24.99, with lids sold separately for $4.99. This item sells fast so give us a call to reserve yours today!


 

We’re hoping for a snowy winter this year, these gifts are ideal for the upcoming cold weather for your loved ones (and if you want to treat yourself in the meantime, we won’t judge). For any questions or concerns, go ahead and contact one of our store locations or our tech center and our employees would be more than happy to point you in the right direction! Remember we try to guarantee lowest price on not only these gifts, but all our items, to make sure you get the best savings this season.

13th Nov 2015

Get 20% Off Yakima this November!!!

Come on down to Rack N Road for our annual Yakima Sale!
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The sale is going to last from November 13th-30th and will include all Yakima products except Whispbar products. In order to get the full benefits of this sale all you have to do is go to our sale page and enter your email. We’ll send you a coupon to either present on your phone in store, or print out and bring it down with you.

Once you get down to the store you can check out some of our favorite Yakima gear for 20% off! This includes all cargo boxes, perfect for carrying all your wet skis and boots home from a long day on the mountains or saving space traveling with family for the holidays. We understand cargo boxes can be a one of the bigger investments in the vehicle accessory market, so this is a perfect time to get the best deal on one of the best accessories out there.

Pro tip: if you have skis or boards you plan on carrying in a cargo box, check the length of your longest skis and compare them to the dimensions of the box to ensure they will fit.  We do carry a variety of cargo box sizes and styles, but if you really have your heart set on a particular box it’s always a good idea to call beforehand to see if we have it in stock. If we don’t have it on hand, ask about ordering times or one of the many alternatives!

You can also check out our favorite ski rack we discussed here, the Yakima FatCat 6. The FatCat 6 perfectly marries form and function, and gives you lots of room to carry up to 6 skis or 4 snowboards. Of course, you could check out the FatCat 4 for a lower price point, but regardless you’ll be getting a good price with the 20% off coupon.

Yakima FatCat 6

We still stock summer accessories in addition to the winter gear, so if you missed the Yakima fall or summer sale and really wanted that bike rack – give your local Rack N Road a call to check if we have it in stock. Or if you don’t even have a roof rack that is necessary to carry most Yakima products, the entire base rack system is on sale (including crossbars, Q-Towers, and Q-Clips, although we highly recommend our awesome custom installations) to get you started.

If your unfamiliar with Yakima and products in general, don’t hesitate to get in contact with one of our store employees and we would be more than happy to point you in the right direction!

20th Oct 2015

Our favorite Ski Rack!

FatCAT 6 imageWith winter not so far away, we at Rack N Road thought it would be a good idea to help narrow down your ski rack choices. Currently the Yakima FatCat is our favorite because not only is it extremely easy to use, but it’s also one of the most stylish ski racks out there.

The FatCat allows you to carry 4 or 6 skis, depending on the size you invest in. Of course it’s not only limited to skis, you can also carry 2 – 4 snowboards as well, and mix and match when necessary. Another great attribute to the FatCat is it not only allows people to use it on the Yakima round-bar, but they are also compatible with factory or other aftermarket aerodynamic bars.

Instead of cramming your snow gear into the car and sprawling it across seats, carry it across the roof to keep your passengers comfy and your vehicle clean. The FatCat 6 has a large red button, easy to open even with the puffiest and most paralyzing pair of gloves. You can also lock your skis to the FatCat, and lock your FatCat to your vehicle, ensuring your gear stays where it belongs. So, for your next trip up to the mountains, don’t forget to try out the Yakima FatCat and enjoy all the great benefits it has to offer!

 

13th Oct 2015

Biketoberfest is coming to Marin

Fall is here and El Nino is coming…so they say.  It may still feel like summer, but we are fast approaching the change of seasons.  This means several things:
1) It will get colder.  Time to take inventory of your winter gear.
2) Time to upgrade your wiper blades.
3) Pumpkin Spice is everywhere.
4) It’s October…time for a fest!

Biketoberfest

Biketoberfest is coming to Marin!
WHEN: Saturday, October 17, 2015 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
WHERE: FAIRFAX, CA – Birthplace of the mountain bike!
FairAnselm Plaza 765 Center Blvd. Fairfax, CA 94930 (next to Iron Springs Pub)

We’re proud to support the Marin County Bicycle Coalition and Access4Bikes.  We’re all about supporting our local community and partnering with the MCBC is a great opportunity to do just that since they are the stewards of bicycling in Marin county.  Their group serves as a model for biking advocates everywhere.  Please come and support them and come and check out our booth!  It is all about bikes at this event, so wear your helmet and pack up the family for an awesome day.

Biketoberfest Highlights:

  • 70 bike exhibitors and a handmade bike show!
  • Over 35 varieties of beer from 20 West Coast brewers!
  • Live Music featuring The Mother Truckers
  • Cargo bike racing, road ride and mountain bike ride with Bay Area frame builders!
  • Delicious food from local vendors!

FREE Valet Bike Parking provided by MCBC – RIDE, DON’T DRIVE!
Benefiting the Marin County Bicycle Coalition and Access4Bikes.

Check out more details here:  http://www.biketoberfestmarin.com/

6th Oct 2015

Tepui Fest 2015! Come Join the Fun!

Tepui Fest October 16-18th, 2015  In a weeks time, Tepui will be holding its annual Tepui Fest. This outdoor extravaganza brings Tepui lovers from all over California to Hollister OHV park in Hollister, California. From October 16th to the 18th people will be able to get first hand know-hows with Tepui employees and truly understand what it means to own a Tepui tent. Over the weekend period, Tepui owners not only gain a better understanding of their Tepui tent, but they will also gain a better appreciation towards their Tepui tent. During this weekend newcomers will begin to understand why Tepui owners will only stick with a Tepui tent and why Tepui is rated at the top for any camping experience.

RackNRoad will always stick with Tepui, which is why we are a titled sponsor and so we know that Tepui will go above and beyond any persons expectations when it comes to a great outdoors vacation. A week doesn’t go by when a person isn’t calling for a Tepui tent. This just reinforces the fact that Tepuis products are quality and that they will always stand by their products.

So, come on down to Tepui Fest 2015 and see what all the fuss is about with the Tepui tent! If you can’t make it don’t hesitate to get a hold of any of our RackNRoad store locations and any one of our employees would be more thank happy to go over the right Tepui tent for you!

21st Sep 2015

San Jose Bike Club knows how to party!

Rack N Road boothWe love to party…and who better to party with than the San Jose Bike Club? We are attending the 2015 Vuelta de San Jose this Sunday the 27th at Uvas Reservoir in Morgan Hill, CA.  We are excited to see some great racing and to have some great BBQ! We love the San Jose Bike Club and wholeheartedly support their mission:

“SJBC has committed itself to the nurturing and development of beginning and junior cyclists members coaching and organized racing events aimed at increasing the skill, ability and enjoyment of each member.”This will be our second event with the SJBC in the last few months and we are happy to be a part of yet another great event.  We are eager to support our community and the SJBC embodies everything we look for in a partner.”

Riders gather before the Tuesday Night Criterium Ride

Here is what SJBC had to say about us the last time we partnered up:

“A huge thank you for coming out yesterday to our Tuesday Night Criterium event and supplying all the goodies, snacks, drinks and raffle prizes.  I’ve received several comments on what a great job you did.  We look forward to having you at another San Jose Bicycle Club event.”

Do you have a club or team that Rack N Road can help out?  Please email our marketing team at marketing@racknroad.com to learn more.

Want to learn more about the SJBC?  Check out their homepage and see what they’re up to:
http://www.teamsanjose.org/
Panoramic view of the event

19th Sep 2015

Convenience is the Best Gift

IMG_0851 (Medium)A husband borrowing his wife’s car for the day decided that their new biking hobby would be even more fun if they could explore new places. He stopped by Rack N Road, we threw on some Yakima FrontLoaders, and he was off to surprise his wife with some new, easy-to-use bike racks.

One of the quickest and easiest racks to use is the Yakima FrontLoader. It takes less than 5 minutes, no tools required, to attach the FrontLoader on your vehicle’s crossbars. Once that’s on, putting your bike on the rack is just as simple. Lift the bike on to the rack and the rear arm lifts up to pinch the front tire, and a ratcheting strap at the rear of the rack secures the back tire.

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The FrontLoader is compatible with round, square, aerodynamic factory or aftermarket crossbars, and is fully locking (locks sold separately) to ensure your bike and bike rack remain on your vehicle. It is compatible with a wide variety of bike shapes and sizes, 20″ – 29″ wheel bases and 3″ wide tires, and protects carbon fiber or fancy paint jobs by holding onto the tires – not the frame. Similar bike racks with the same functions and style often price at $190 – $200, making the FrontLoader a high quality but lower price solution.

For more information on a similar bike rack, Yakima HighRoller, check out one of our earlier blogs: “Wheel On? No Problem! The #1 Selling Bike Roof Rack of the Summer.”