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Corebar Pic #1

11th Aug 2016

New Yakima Racks – The StreamLine System

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Rack N Road is proud to introduce and be part of the new Yakima StreamLine system. The new JetSteam uses the JetFlow system, an ultra-high performance aluminum teardrop shape that is not only strong but also quiet and aerodynamic. To ensure a quiet drive on those long road trips, these bars include a WindRidge spec designed to minimize drag and wind noise. The JetStream comes with a T-slot that allows gear to be easily and snugly secured to the bars, further reducing wind noise. Lastly, Yakima increased the weight carrying capacity with added support on the inside of the JetStream, improving the overall strength of the crossbars.


Corebar Pic #1

While not top of the line like Yakima’s JetStream, the Corebar puts a lot on the table! The Corebar has an unbeatable price for the quality. Priced at $119 for a pair of Corebars, you save $80 over the JetStream. The Corebar’s similar style to the Jestream means that wind noise and drag are comparably quiet. The steel Corebar can even hold 60lbs over the lightweight JetStream, perfect for heavier gear or adding even more weight to a cargo box for a camping trip.

Accessories and Installation

Now, whats great about both sets of these bars is what can be put up on them! Being a Yakima product there are plenty of attachments that these bars can hold whether that be a kayak rack, winter racks, a bike rack or even cargo carriers. The Corebar and the Jetstream allow a ton of flexibility and will not limit your choice of accessories.

Be sure to also ask us about our custom installation if you want a permanent rack solution. We would be more than happy to walk you through the perks and benefits of having a rack that is put on landing pads instead of a temporary clip in system through the doors. Most of our locations have these custom mounts on hand, ready for a quick installation to get you on the road for that end of summer vacation.

Find your closest store here and call ahead to check out the StreamLine systems!


31st Mar 2016

Yakima’s new StreamLine Rack Mounts have arrived!

It’s taken some time, but the new Yakima roof rack system has finally come. We are proud to introduce the new Yakima StreamLine system to the Rack N Road lineup. Besides being the newest racks to date, the StreamLine system will change the way people think about Yakima roof racks.

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To start, Yakima changed their old RailGrab system, which was unfortunately out of date and inadequate in comparison to the Thule system. Yakima put their heads together and decided in order to get a better raised rail system, they needed to introduce something new and different. That’s where the new Timberline system came into play. The stronger Timberline system has a durable stainless steel strap to accommodate to a wide range of side rail shapes. Not only does the Timberline attach to most raised rails, but it also can accommodate to Jetstream and Corebars. With a load rating of 165lbs, you can be sure the Timberline system is the best fit for your raised rails.

Yakima RidgelineRidgeLine:

Don’t have any raised side rails, but still have something on the top of the roof? In most cases, you most likely own flush rails. The Timberline series wont accommodate your vehicle, but you can take a look at Yakima’s new RidgeLine Towers, specifically designed to grab onto flush rails. The brand new RidgeLine Towers have a more advanced, stronger, and quieter design than the previous RailGrab system. Requiring separate RidgeClips to easily install to your specific vehicle, the RidgeLine works with the Jetstream and Corebars to create a streamlined style that aligns with the overall aerodynamic look of the factory flush rails.


Last but not least: the Yakima BaseLine series. Designed by Yakima to mount to vehicles with nothing on the top, the Baseline is perfect for those who once believed a roof rack wasn’t possible on small hatchbacks, sedans, or most other bare roof vehicles.Yakima BaseLine

With separate BaseClips made for your specific vehicle, the BaseLine series can adjust and morph to most roof shapes. At 165lb load capacity, it gives you that  sleek, secure, load-it-up fit that you’ve been acing to have. The system itself is vastly better and more secure than the old Q Tower system, and is something anyone with a bare roof should take a look at. As with the other systems, the Yakima BaseLine allows you to use the JetStream bars or the Corebars.

Extra Tips:

The StreamLine series lacks in one regard, if you already have Yakima round bars, the new towers require a separate adapter to use them. However if you would like to upgrade to the new high end JetStream or the more affordable (yet still great looking) CoreBars, bring in your old round crossbars to Rack N Road and we’ll trade them in to reduce the cost of your purchase. All in all, if you need a roof rack system, the StreamLine series will blow you away. If you have any questions about fit, price, or extra gear you want to carry on top of your new rack, don’t hesitate to get in contact with any of our 7 store locations. We would be more than happy to help you choose the right rack for your vehicle!

13th Nov 2015

Get 20% Off Yakima this November!!!

Come on down to Rack N Road for our annual Yakima Sale!

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!


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.”

8th Sep 2015

Small Car + Big Kayak = No Problem!

As gas prices go up, cars have become smaller.  Protecting the environment (and your wallet) is the right thing to do, but it can make carrying your 15′ kayak a challenge…but have no fear, we have the best solution for you.
It all starts with a good base rack system and a kayak carrier.  There are several types that will work including J-cradles, saddles, or rollers.  All of these systems will work great for carrying one (or more) kayaks on your smaller ride.

J-cradles work great for carrying multiple kayaks since you can carry them on their side.  The Thule Hull-a-port Aero or the Yakima J-low are some of the best; they have universal mounting hardware and fold down when not in use.

Hull-a-Port Aero

Saddles work great for carrying your kayak when it is flat on the roof.  They are also a bit easier to load and unload. Front cradles are rear cradles are often sold separately so you can mix and match styles for easier loading. They can handle kayaks that are longer, heavier, and wider than the J-cradles, but they limit the amount of usable space on your crossbars. Smaller vehicles can carry one, maybe two kayaks with the cradle style, depending on crossbar length.

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A Mako Saddle set

Mako Saddles in front, paired with rollers in the back

Saddles work great for carrying your kayak when it is flat on the roof.  They are also a bit easier to load and unload. Front cradles are rear cradles are often sold separately so you can mix and match styles for easier loading. They can handle kayaks that are longer, heavier, and wider than the J-cradles, but they limit the amount of usable space on your crossbars. Smaller vehicles can carry one, maybe two kayaks with the cradle style, depending on crossbar length.

Rollers can make loading and unloading a breeze… without scratching up your car. Use them to smoothly roll the kayak from the rear of your vehicle to the front saddle with minimal effort. The Yakima SweetRoll is a complete kayak carrying set, with saddles in front and integrated rollers in the rear. This is especially useful for heavy and long kayaks, or vehicles with high roofs.

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Close up of a rear roller of a SweetRoll, illustrating the adaptability to fit most kayak shapes.

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Full Yakima SweetRoll set

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But, the most important thing to remember is that you also need some tie-downs.  It is imperative that you tie down the front and back of your kayak to ensure your kayak is secured and safely installed on your vehicle. There are several ways to attach bow/stern tie downs, one of the easiest is to use the Thule Quick Loop.  It installs by closing the hood or trunk over the anchors, providing a safe and secure tie-down spot for your kayaks.

5th Sep 2015

Benefits of Aftermarket VS. Factory Crossbars

Shopping for a new vehicle can be overwhelming… so many decisions and options!  Oftentimes the factory accessories are more costly than aftermarket solutions, and most people don’t realize how limiting factory racks can be (until it’s too late).  At Rack N Road, we can help you in making the decision whether factory crossbars will actually suit all your future needs, and we’ll help you save some money in the process.

FACTORY RACK CROSSBARS                        

One of the biggest downsides to factory crossbars is that they come in all shapes and sizes but only fit that specific vehicle– any equipment purchased to fit one system may not fit on the next.  Most dealer racks are flimsy and built mostly for aesthetic appeal.  Consisting of large amounts of plastic, they cannot support long or unstable loads like kayaks, canoes or lumber. Dealer racks have limited usable space so only one or two attachments can fit at any given time.

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On hatchbacks, such as SUVs or wagons, the factory systems are regularly too close to the hatch and cause interference when carrying loads.  Many people find they can’t even use their old cargo boxes or bike racks and still open the back door!

Some factory crossbars are made by Thule for the dealer; in these cases the racks usually have the strength to carry larger loads, but lack the versatility of interchanging accessories or adapting to other vehicles.  Replacement parts for these Thule-designed factory racks are hard to come by.  Rack N Road is able to get keys for most of them, but most other parts are proprietary and only available through the dealer (at dealer prices!).


Thule and Yakima both do a great job of making their aftermarket solutions fit a wide range of vehicles.  This ensures that you can not only fit your new vehicle, but that most of the equipment will work on other vehicles for years to come.  Because the shape of the crossbars are standard, most bike, ski, cargo, or kayak racks should fit, even if you own multiple vehicles or change cars often.

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Many people choose the factory rack due to the aerodynamic shape and aesthetic appeal; however, the new Thule Aeroblade Edge and Yakima Whispbar Flush crossbars offer the same aerodynamics, but with far more functionality and flexibility.  These new crossbars are available to fit factory mounts, rails, and any of our custom installed solutions. If you need extra bar space but want the same aerodynamic style, the through bars offer additional length to fit extra accessories. Aside from our custom solutions, Yakima and Thule also have clips, or fit kits, that grab onto the side of your vehicle if there is nothing on your roof. The clip-on racks are typically weaker, less aesthetically pleasing, and less versatile, than our custom installations, but still are a good option if there is nothing on the roof of the vehicle. Usually all you need to do is get new fit kits to transfer that rack to another vehicle.

Custom installed racks are the best possible solution for strength and versatility.  These racks are strategically positioned on the vehicle to accommodate your gear, sunroof, and hatchback with ease.  Our tailor-fit experts ensure that your vehicle fits your family and your toys.  If you’re looking for the most flexibility and style, we install integrated smooth tracks that allow you to adjust your crossbars based on your gear. We here at Rack N Road are certified installers of Yakima and Thule equipment, and use our years of experience to help select the right choice for you.  Check with us first! You’ll be surprised how much money and time we can save you.

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

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


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

916_sized_900x600The T2 retails for $449 and can be seen here:


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:


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.

Holds up to two 36" wide boards.


First, we have the SUPDawg by Yakima which
holds up to two 36″ wide boards. The SUPDawg is a popular solution to carrying boards because of the soft rubber padding and cradles, which in our opinion sets it aside from the 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! Often, people find the straps to secure the board often tuck away easier than other SUP carriers too. If carrying multiple SUP boards is a priority, then look no further because the SUPDawg has everything you need to carry two 36″ boards.


Now onto the competition. While the Yakima SUPDawg has perks, so too does the Thule SUP Taxi. 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. Although the SUPDawg does lock the boards to the vehicle, Thule 810XT has a steel reinforced cable integrated into the band that gets locked into place over the boards, so you can breathe easy leaving boards on top of your car. Another important feature is the telescoping base that allows for the best fit, carrying boards up to 34″ wide. Depending on your board shape, some people prefer the curved cushioned fit the SUP Taxi provides, or the flat adaptable shape of the SUPDawg.

Both options allow you to carry two SUP boards, fit to almost all roof rack crossbar shapes, and are a great summer solution for your next trip to the water.

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.

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!

Works for Mountain, Road, or kids bikes!

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!