28th Aug 2015

The Top 3 Bike Racks of the Summer

It has been a hot summer so far and we have seen lots of families and adventurers come through our stores, looking for the best bike rack they can for the best price.  We  have found that each family or individual has a wide variety of needs based on their activities and frequency of use, and we’re happy to help.  Below we discuss the three top selling hitch mounted racks of the summer.  And remember, we can guarantee lowest price on any of these:

The Kuat NV
NV

The NV retails for $549 and can be seen here:

http://www.racknroad.com/product/kuat-nv-platform-2-bike.html

The good folks from Springfield Missouri can make an awesome rack!  It has some of the same features as the popular Thule T2 and the Yakima Holdup (ratcheting arm and integrated cable lock) but the NV’s unique features help it outrun the competition.  For example, it comes in two cool color selection: black and chrome or smoke and orange.  It also has a built-in repair stand for pre-ride prep or post-ride cleanup and as they describe, “it is a fully loaded stunner.”

Thule T2 916XTR


The T2 retails for $449 and can be seen here:

http://www.racknroad.com/product/thule-916xtr-t2.html

The Thule T2 is probably the most cost efficient and most reliable tray style bike rack currently on the market, explaining why so many bikers prefer it. Besides offering a integrated cable lock that secures the bike without making frame contact, it also has a reinforced tray that provides maximum strength and rust-free protection. Overall, the Thule T2 is the best at getting the job done at an affordable price.

Yakima HoldUp

The HoldUp retails for $449 and can be seen here:

http://www.racknroad.com/product/yakima-holdup-2-inch-black.html

Both Kuat and Thule have great tray style racks, but sometimes getting the darn bike on these trays can drive a person crazy! Enter the HoldUp. This is where the Yakima platform style rack shines. In 10 seconds or less a person can have their bike up and ready to go on their next adventure. It also has the same features as the competitors, including a mast that folds up and into itself when not in use, and can tilt down for rear-of-vehicle access, and integrated locks.

Tray style hitch racks are great options if you are looking for convenience and style. They are especially useful for unusually shaped bikes or bikes you’d prefer to avoid frame contact. All of the above racks can also be extended to carry 4 bikes, although only on a 2″ hitch. If your vehicle is lower to the ground, you might consider an upright rack as the tray style does hang low loaded with bikes.

18th Aug 2015

How to Carry Multiple SUP’s

Stand-Up Paddle boarding is fast becoming the new way to travel on the water. While people love the versatility and freedom a SUP board has to offer, there are still questions over how to put the SUP board on a vehicle. Every day customers come in to the store and ask how to put not just one, but multiple SUP’s on their vehicle. Luckily for them, we always have a solution here!

Yakima and Thule, our two most popular brands, both have great solutions for how to carry multiple boards on your vehicle.
First, we have the SUP Dawg by Yakima which Holds up to two 36" wide boards.holds up to two 36″ wide boards. The reason why this is such a popular solution to carrying SUP boards is because of the soft rubber padding and cradles, which in our opinion sets it aside from it’s competition.
Unlike other SUP carriers, this one is the best at protecting the board from wear and tear that might occur with other racks.  By coming pre-assembled out of the box you are able to slap this system right on your rack in a matter of minutes, allowing you to hit the water as fast as possible! If carrying multiple SUP boards is a priority, then look no further because this guy has everything you need to carry two 36″ boards.

Now, the competition. While the Yakima SUP Dawg has its perks, so too does the Thule 810XT. Besides being one of the best SUP roof racks on the market it also provides one of the best features that Yakima can’t boast: security. The Thule 810XT has a steel reinforced cable integrated into the band that gets locked into place over your boards, so people can breathe easy leaving their boards on top of their vehicle. Another important feature is the telescoping base that allows for the best fit when carrying your board.  Lastly, because of the telescoping design it allows you to carry two boards up to 34″ wide on top of your vehicle.

Both options allow you to carry two SUP boards, fit to almost all roof racks, and are a great summer solution.

12th Aug 2015

Wheel on? No problem! The #1 Selling Bike Roof Rack of the Summer.

The Yakima Highroller!

The Yakima Highroller!

We see it all here.  We have lots of experience with road trips and we know that carrying your bike can be a pain.  We know that there is nothing worse than struggling to get your bike home after a long day of riding.

Enter the Highroller (8002107) by Yakima.
When it comes to top-of-the-car bike racks, this is one of the best!  Yakima boasts that, “It’s capable of securing anything from your biggest freeride bike to your super sleek road bike without having to remove any wheels.”  We can vouch for that and wholeheartedly stand by this rack.

Works for Mountain, Road, or kids bikes!

The reason the Highroller is so popular is because of its versatility.  There is no reason to buy multiple racks for your different style bikes when something like the Highroller can do it all.  It is very popular with our mountain bikers and can accommodate their bigger tires: up to 29″ tall x 3″ wide.  Perfect for after a long day on the trail!

It is also versatile enough for road bikers and even kids bikes: fits tires as small as 20″.  But the best part is that it does all this while keeping the tire on!  That’s right!  No more removing the tire or switching out racks for your different bikes…the Highroller can do it all.  You can see it here: http://www.racknroad.com/product/yakima-highroller-black.html

Works for Mountain, Road, or kids bikes!

29th Jul 2015

Trade-In & Trade-Up for End of Summer Savings!

Check out all the recycled and certified used racks we have!

Check out all the recycled and certified used racks we have!

We were recently asked by a long time customer, “What should I do with all of the old gear and racks lying around in my garage?”  The answer: Trade-In and Trade-Up for Savings!
He brought in all his old gear including bike mounts, ski racks, a cargo carrier, kayak mounts, and a bunch of loose parts and accessories.  To his surprise, we took it all!  We gave him a fair shake for what he offered and the best part was, it was enough to finally get the new cargo basket he’d been wanting!

We’ve been doing trade-ins for as long as we’ve been in business and we make sure to tell everyone who comes in that we deal with recycled racks and certified used gear.  But some customers are all about getting the brand new stuff all while letting their old racks collect dust in their garage.  We are here to provide you with all the latest and greatest gear, but don’t forget to bring in your old racks and accessories and trade-up to something new!!

29th Jul 2015

Check it out! Our top selling rack!

helium
Mind blowing!  We love the new Thule Helium Aero Bike Rack…but we never thought it would be this popular…
The new Thule Helium Aero comes in both a 2 bike and 3 bike version.  It’s got all the bells and whistles including fully locking features and this thing they call the AutoAttach Lock Knob.  Basically, there’s a cable to lock up your bikes and the special knob makes taking this rack on and off extremely easy.  The whole rack only weighs about 25 lbs (some type of ultra-light aluminum), so when we show it to people, we insist that they actually hold it in their hands and try the installation themselves.  Most people know they have the rack for them once that happens.

This is the perfect rack for those living the “compact” lifestyle.  Anyone with limited space, whether it be in your garage or on your car, love this rack.  The Helium Aero rack has the ability to fold down for rear hatch access and the arms can fold down for an even more compact setup.  It has a small footprint in your garage and is light enough to be stored on a shelf if needed.  It fits into both 1 1/4″ and 2″ hitches and has great ground clearance, so it is compatible with all car models.  It is especially popular on smaller cars like the Toyota Prius, Honda Fit, VW, Golf, or Subaru Impreza…to name a few.

It works like your typical mast-style rack and can carry most bike models.  It has some pretty cool cradles and cages that hold and support your bike, preventing it from banging around and damaging itself, other bikes, or your car.  One reason we feel this has sold so well is because it makes sense: it’s a good price for all the features and customer’s love the feel and ease of use of the rack.

We have several employees “testing” this rack as we speak…