Pop in your hair curlers, pour a steamy mug of your favorite Taster’s Choice and take a dainty bite from a madeleine because it’s time to nestle in for our weekly new product gab sesh. You know the score—we’ll share juicy nuggets of gossip about what Thule’s been doing behind Softride’s back, and what we think about HitchSafe’s outrageous new faux alligator pumps.
HitchSafe Key Vault—It’s like a mobile Fort Knox for your receiver hitch, but better because you won’t have to worry about evil geniuses hatching dastardly schemes to set off a nucular (sic) bomb under your ride. With one of these trailer hitch accessories from HitchSafe mounted to your hitch, all you have to worry about is forgetting your combination.
Softride Dura Hydraulic Assist Hitch Bike Rack—Remember Mrs. Deagle’s radical chair lift from Gremlins…you know, the one that the Gremlins hotwired so she’d launch out the window? This deluxe new hitch bike rack from Softride is a lot like that, only less likely to ruin your x-mas.
Thule Insta-gater—You’re motoring down to the trailhead with your Huffy clamped down in the jaws of this Thule truck bed bike rack, you’re tuned to 98.7 The Gator (Palm Beach’s ROCK Station), and The Boss’s Chicken Lips And Lizard Hips is bumping on the speakers. Baby, life in Florida couldn’t get any better…unless Florida were New York City, and your Huffy were a custom Bologna Bike.
Rampage Lockstraps Locking Tie-Down Strap—Sick of the flimflammery perpetrated by the likes of Harry Houdini, Doug Henning and David Copperfield? Well, they’re not gonna wriggle their way out of these cargo nets & tie-downs from Rampage Jeep. It’s the ideal security harness for valuable freight, be it a motorcycle, an armoire or a prestidigitator. Just remember: always have a safe word.
Posted in Auto Accessories, Auto Parts, Bike Racks, New Products, Product Review, Trailer Hitches
Tagged Auto Anything, AutoAnything, Bike Rack, Bikes, Cars, HitchSafe, Rampage, Softride, Suv, thule, Trailer Hitch, Trucks
So, you dropped a mint on a hand-made Rivendell bike, but now you’re running out of routes to ride in your neck of the woods. Or, you converted your old lugged-steel Nishiki into a fixie, but you don’t yet have the thigh muscles to summit the San Franciscan-sized hill separating your apartment from the meet-up point of your local Critical Mass. What’s a bicyclist to do? Park your 2-wheeler on your car and head out, that’s what. For that, you’ll need a proper bike rack, but which type is right for your ride? Here’s a quick rundown on the three main types of bike racks. Continue reading
Inhalants and bicycling? I don’t know. Would you really feel comfortable commuting to work on your fixie after sucking out the gas from a can of whipped topping? Not me. But, Thule’s trying to change that knee-jerk attitude with their latest and lightest bike rack. Check it:
Thule Helium Hitch Bike Rack—This new bike rack from Thule may not be quite as light as that balloon full of helium you were sucking on during the Dead’s last real show at Soldier Field, but it does weigh about half as much as traditional hitch bike racks. Why’s that important? If you’re prone to hernias, this bike rack won’t make your intestinal tissue jut into your abdomen like a pop-up turkey thermometer.
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The snow is melting, the cold weather subsiding and it’s starting to get nice outside again…what does all that mean? Spring is just around the corner! So if you’re a bike enthusiast of any sort, it’s about time you got it out of the garage, dusted it off and check the tire pressure before hitting the mountain, trail or road.
Over the last six months, we’ve been adding the hottest bike rack products from Thule and Yakima, from single bike roof mount racks to the very popular 4 bike hitch rack setups, so I thought it would be worth giving them a small shout out in this weeks AutoAnything update.
Roof Mount Bike Racks – To mount up a bike to your roof, you’ll need a base rack system that provides the proper mounting surface for the bike rack. This usually includes rack feet/towers and a pair of crossbars. If you’ve got a set of factory roof rails already, you may only need a set of cross bars to complete your base rack system. Either way, make sure you have the proper base rack setup to mount the following bike racks.
- Yakima Raptor – This is Yakima’s entry-level upright bike rack. Upright means you don’t have to take any wheels off, so you can get right to business without turning any wrenches. Make of sturdy steel, utilizing ratcheting straps to secure the wheels, this bike rack offers solid value for your buck.
- Yakima King Cobra – If you want the King of roof mount bike racks, look no further than the this Cobra. It’s an upright mount rack, so there’s no need to fuss around removing your front wheel before loading it up. This rack secures your bike by clamping down on the front wheel, making it easy to load and great for stabilizing bikes with 20″-29″ tires. Add a set of SKS locks and you’ve got the whole package; style, security and function.
- Yakima Steelhead – This fork-mount bike rack is the king of roof mount fork-racks. It’s easy to load up your gear, upgradable security with SKS locks and it’ll glide through the air like a fish through water. The only catch to that it strictly mounts to Yakima’s round crossbars, so if you already have a base rack system that isn’t made by Yakima, you’ll want to look at the Raptor or King Cobra bike racks.
Hitch Mount Bike Racks – If you don’t want to mount up your bikes on your roof, then the next best option is a hitch bike rack. All you need is a trailer hitch with a 2″ (or a 1-1/4″) receiver tube and your set.
- Thule Ridgeline – 4: The number of horseman in the apocalypse. Also, the number of bikes held by the Thule Ridgeline Hitch Rack (a mere coincidence…we think). This rack has some cool things to offer, like an integrated locking system and anti-sway cage that keeps your bikes from banging into each other.
- Thule Parkway – Tow up to 4 bikes and still access your cargo with this super sturdy hitch bike rack. It’s got a fold down design that makes it easy to move stuff and it works with both 2″ and 1-1/4″ receiver tubes!
- Thule Roadway – Do you and a buddy go biking together, or do you have a road warrior crew that never misses out on pounding the pavement? Either way, Thule’s Roadway hitch bike rack will haul your bikes with ease. Works with 2″ and 1-1/4″ receiver tubes and is available in three flavors; 2 bike, 4 bike and 5 bike carrier models.
- Thule T2 – It doesn’t get any slicker than loading up your Cannondale on the Thule T2. The T2 has adjustable locking points, so it can securely clamp down on any bike, regardless of frame shape. It’s also expandable, holding up to four bikes on a single hitch.
- Yakima BigHorn – The Bighorn offers big value at a low price. Switchblade clamps keep your bike from shifting around and a tilt-forward lever lets you get access your cargo area with out unmounting the bike rack.
- Yakima DoubleDown – Like the Bighorn, the DoubleDown uses switchblade clamps to secure your bikes. The big difference here is the extra forward tilt that gives you better access to your cargo area and it comes in 2-, 4- and 5-bike models.
- Yakima SwingDaddy – The creme de la creme of hitch mount bike racks. Tow up to 4 bikes where ever you go and when you need access to your trunk or hatch, swing this hitch bike rack out of the way and have total access to your cargo area. This completely emlininates bike sway too, so you don’t have to worry about dinging vehicle or scratching your bikes paint job.
And there you have it. Whether you’re a Yakima Bike Vigilante or the casual cruiser, we’ve got a rack that will carry your gear comfortably and safely.
Yakima Raptor Bike Rack
Yakima King Cobra Hitch Bike Rack
Yakima Steelhead Bike Rack
Thule Ridgeline 4 Bike Hitch Rack
Thule Parkway Hitch Bike Rack
Thule Roadway Hitch Bike Rack
Thule T2 Hitch Bike Rack
Yakima BigHorn Hitch Bike Rack
Yakima DoubleDown Hitch Bike Rack
Yakima SwingDaddy Hitch Bike Rack
Posted in Auto Accessories, Bike Racks, Product Review, Roof Racks
Tagged Auto Anything, AutoAnything, Bike, Bike Rack, Bike Racks, Bikes, Roof Rack, roof racks, thule, Yakima
AutoAnything supports all forms of transportation, even non-motorized vehicles, which is why we took special notice of David Byrne’s unique line of bike racks. For those of you who might not know him, David Byrne is a world class artist, fabricator and musician who brings a fresh perspective to whatever he is involved with. This year he tackled improving the city life by creating artistic sculptures that are intended to be used as bike racks. Here are a few example of his works, which have a home in New York City.
Posted in News Worthy, Personal Projects
Tagged Art, Artist, Arts, Bike Rack, Bike Racks, Culture, David Byrne, Fun, Travel, Unique Projects