Yakima Bike Racks will absolutely complete your adventurous outdoor
lifestyle. Whether you are thinking of purchasing the Yakima Fork Lift, Spare-time, High-roller Upright Bike Mount,
or the Hold-up Bike Rack you have arrive at the perfect place to find out which will work best for you.
Yakima Fork Lift: Great buy, beware where you purchase it!
The Yakima Fork Lift Bike carrier retails for about $130. The feature that
I hands down could not live without was its versatility. Not only will the rack mount onto factory and
aftermarket cross, square, or round cross bars but it also easily mounted onto my Subaru's factory bars. The
skewer-mechanism also tightens and locks effortlessly with one hand giving you the ability to hold your bike
steady with your free hand.
The drawback of the Yakima Fork Lift Bike rack was the time it took adjusting the multi-positional clamps. The
cross bars are curved which causes the bikes to tilt outward, although the crossbar is secure. The parts may also
be defective, in my experience one the locking skewer's plastic red coverings came out. As a result it rendered the
mechanism for locking utterly useless. Although the skewer may be locked, with not covering anyone with pliers has
the ability to remove the bicycle. Lastly, while attempting to resolve the previously stated issues, I found that
although has a lifetime warranty, they will not fix warranty issues for products purchased through Amazon.com.
Similarly Amazon.com will not resolve warranty services for Yakima parts.
Yakima Sparetime: Great buy, will not fit some 5-lug hole
The Yakima Sparetime rack mounts onto your vehicle using the same point
as the spare-tire. Retailing for about $150, the Sparetime includes extra tie downs which extend beyond the
framing of the vehicle to reduce swinging by the bicycle. The rack also has a knob that tightens to ensure
the rack can't be removed. The drawback of the Sparetime is that partial or complete view of the rear window
may be blocked or compromised, regardless of whether the bicycle is mounted. Also Yakima has warned consumers
against driving off road with loaded bikes while using the Sparetime rack. I recommend that anyone that may
use wheels with a 5-lug hole pattern similar to that of a 1995 Suzuki not use this particular rack.
Yakima HighRoller Upright Bike Mount: Great buy, but will need additional housing
The Yakima High Roller Upright Bike Mount retails for about $180, and is
Yakima's costliest bike rack. Similar to other Yakima bike racks the Yakima High Roller Upright Bike Mount is
easily installable. The lockdown of the rack can be done in a moment's time. The feature that I enjoyed most
was the fact that even at speeds of up to 90 mph the bicycle held steady. The drawback of the Yakima High
Roller Upright Bike Mount is the rack does not lock onto to rack on the roof. It its current condition,
anyone has the ability to take both the bike and rack without much effort.
Yakima Hold-Up Bike Rack: Great buy, buy use additional tie down or bungee straps
to reinforce anchoring
The Yakima Hold-Up Bike Mount with Locking Cable retails for
about $455. The Hold-Up Bike Mount locks the front tire which makes your bicycle sit level despite the shape
of your framing. Your bike's tire has to have the ability to hold the recommended air pressure specifically
for your tire brand to ensure that everything remains secure. The rack is extremely heavy, which assures that
the mount and bike remain at elevated speeds and higher winds. Mounting the bike takes a moment's time.
However, the mount will slightly wiggle as you drive.
The drawback of the Yakima Hold-Up Bike Mount with Locking Cable is that while driving at about 70 mph the tie down
strap that held the rear tire broke. I did not realize that the bike was missing until I stopped later. Needless to
say my specialized bike is long gone. I would recommend using additional tie down straps or bungee cords to anchor
the bike in case the plastic straps that are included break.
Yakima bike racks have an established reputation for being dependable, quality products that are available at
reasonable prices. With several options to choose from, Yakima bike racks will always deliver products to make your
ever outdoor experience adventurous.