Yeah, that was what I meant. Mine is the older Yakima rack that with rubber straps for the top tube and down tube. It has worked fine for many years with an array of aluminium frame bicycles (up to 4 at a time). However, I would never put my carbon frame Tarmac on there. With hindsight I should have gone for the tray, wheel-supported, hitch-mount model that you describe, but I don't recall even seeing this option when I bought mine. Now I will get a roof mount for the prima donna bicycle and the second tier bikes will hang off the back.kretzel said:Whatever brand you choose get the kind that has the trays you set the wheels in not the kind that holds the bike by the frame, I assume that's what ukbloke is referring to when he talks about frame damage. Wheel supported rack is the ONLY way to go.
Understood. So far I have managed not to wreck the 2 kayaks nor the semi-permanently attached roof box so I think I have that aspect under control. One day I will do the Bend Pole, Pedal and Paddle event so that I can justify having all of my toys and Yakima racks on the car at the same time!grrrah said:UK - Personally, I'd skip the roof rack, and just invest in a new tray rack unless capacity is an issue too. But then again, I've lost one frame, and 2 forks due to roof racks and garages, so I am biased against them.