I'm trying to decide on rack/transport options for my newly built bike with a 20mm axel.
My current transport works well but is a bit complicated; generally I would take the front wheel off of my XC bike and stuff it into the back of my '89 Civic Hatchback. I would then meet my ridding buddy at the trail or his place where I would load my bike on his Yakima roof racks with traditional fork mounts. Being that 2 bikes don't fit well in the back of my Civic my buddy usually did 90% of the driving.
Now that I have the 20mm axel setup I feel the need to figure out a better transport solution. I'm thinking about breaking down and getting a Yakima rack for my Civic but can't decide on what kind of trays to get. I know removing the front wheel is a bit of a PITA but with the Marzocchi QR 20 I don't think it's too terrible. Being that I have a pair of rockymount trays sitting in my garage my first inclination is just to get a Yakima rack use the standard tray I have and get a forkup. I would think that although this setup requires "work" to assemble/disassemble at the trailside it seems to provide a very secure and rigid transport. This would also allow me to use my bike on my buddies racks without forcing him to buy a new tray just for my bike .
The other more convenient options seem to be an older Yakima mount that let's you keep the front tire on (lockjaw or anklebiter) or the newer King Cobra, I also have seen the Sportworks Bob Ratchet that looks to be a nice unit. All of these solutions however seem a little insecure, meaning the bike seems like it will "flop around" on the car a little much.
I guess at this point I'm leaning towards getting a used Yakima setup and going for a forkup as it seems like the cheapest, simplest, most secure solution. Am I missing some flaw in my logic? Is a forkup to much of a PITA to use every day, or will using a forkup wear down my dropouts?
Any real world opinions of any of these applications would be appreciated.
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