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 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.
- 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/
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.
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.”
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.
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!
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…