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    Fat Bike on Roof Rack?

    I am getting a fatty in the morning (2012 Pugs)! SO excited... I have wanted one since they first came out... can't wait to join the fat club

    Anyways, I have a roof rack on top of my VW Passat with Yakima Raptor bike carriers. The rack tray hardly holds my mtn bike tires, let alone fat tires.

    Anyone have any ideas about how to best (most sturdily) put the fatty up top? Pics would be wonderful.

    Cheers!

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    I don't have any pics right now but I use Ball Bungees to strap the rear tire down in my Thule rack. I've not had a problem with this method.

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    I took out the qr on my yakima and put a threaded rod in its place. it is bolted to the rack itself and then i just bolt the fork to the threaded rod. I used 5/16ths rod. then i used a strap to secure the rear tire down since the yak strap does not fit across the wheel/tire combo. I can provide a picture if you would like of what I came up with

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    Quote Originally Posted by Levi707 View Post
    I took out the qr on my yakima and put a threaded rod in its place. it is bolted to the rack itself and then i just bolt the fork to the threaded rod. I used 5/16ths rod. then i used a strap to secure the rear tire down since the yak strap does not fit across the wheel/tire combo. I can provide a picture if you would like of what I came up with
    a pic would be great. I need to figure out how to haul it home tomorrow... sounds like a good idea and secure

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    Quote Originally Posted by mountaingoatepics View Post
    I don't have any pics right now but I use Ball Bungees to strap the rear tire down in my Thule rack. I've not had a problem with this method.
    good idea. Thanks! What size did you use? 6"?

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    i used knurled nuts to secure the rod to the rack, then added 2 more on each side to double nut the rod to the rack so that it could not back out. all i do is set the bike up on the rack without the fork, hand tighten the outside bolts down then use a boxend wrench to tighten the outside nuts to the fork. then use a strap to hold the rear tire to the rack.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Levi707 View Post
    i used knurled nuts to secure the rod to the rack, then added 2 more on each side to double nut the rod to the rack so that it could not back out. all i do is set the bike up on the rack without the fork, hand tighten the outside bolts down then use a boxend wrench to tighten the outside nuts to the fork. then use a strap to hold the rear tire to the rack.
    I should have sent a pic of what my rack looks like... It isn't a fork mount but great idea... wishing i had a fork mount now

    Fat Bike on Roof Rack?-8002085.jpg
    this is the rack i have

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    then I would get some good straps that you can tighten down to secure both wheels. think of it like a motorcycle helmet style strap but larger. that is what i do. that would work for you since you can clamp to your downtube.

    btw, the total cost of my fork mount was $4.16

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    I've used the following things:
    Redpoint Sport Wrap - Package of 2 at REI.com
    Amazon.com: Zefal Bicycle Toe Straps (Leather, 370mm): Sports & Outdoors

    Never tried 'em, but seems to me that dual toe straps would be even better?

    A few times I only had one extra toe strap and needed to do both my wife's bike and mine on our Yakima Steelhead or King Cobra, so I took off the regular strap that comes with the rack, then doubled up on the other. That was definitely the most secure.
    "Keep your burgers lean and your tires fat." -h.d. | bikecentric | ssoft

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    We loaded my Moonlander on top of my sons car yesterday. Looked amazing up there. His rack is a Thule, just like your Yakima. The main brace held bike great. Obviously the wheel straps were too short so we used a small elastic strap with hooks on each wheel. Worked great. So a couple of elastics luggage straps will do until a more permanent solution is found. Should have taken a picture, it really did look great up there.
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    Check out my post in this thread. I use the 5/16 rod method and found a really nice ratchet lock at Rockler. The system doesn't need any tools and you can swap out your regular Yakima skewer in seconds. I just use a bungee in the rear and it works great.
    Racks (car) for fat bikes

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    I u-bolted a junk rear hub to my rack to make it into a fork mount. then just use a bungee to hold the rear tire.

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    Quote Originally Posted by c_m_shooter View Post
    I u-bolted a junk rear hub to my rack to make it into a fork mount. then just use a bungee to hold the rear tire.
    interesting and easy idea... could you post some pics? thanks!

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    Just an update. I finally am in the fat crowd! It fit on my roof rack but I didn't want to take it down the highway quite yet... It was on sturdy but i'm not sure if it was that sturdy...

    Fat Bike on Roof Rack?-img_1479.jpg

    I think I am still looking for a way to make it more sturdy up top. maybe something as simple as adding another strap to the front tire would help. It was pretty sturdy but just don't want to dump it on the road quite yet...

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    Surly junk straps are plenty long and securely strap down fat tires on roof rack trays.
    And they are SURLY!

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    Just go to the home depot and get like two of these and cut them to a manageable length. Done. Your current rack is perfectly fine with the front and back wheels strapped down.
    Transition Bandit 29
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    you need to carry a step ladder with you? how else would you mount the bike up there?

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    Fat Bike on Roof Rack?

    Or wire ties.Fat Bike on Roof Rack?-imageuploadedbytapatalk1363120248.224207.jpgFat Bike on Roof Rack?-imageuploadedbytapatalk1363120285.985148.jpg
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    Fat Bike on Roof Rack?

    Oh yeah step ladder or I can stand on the rear arm rest too.

    Fat Bike on Roof Rack?-imageuploadedbytapatalk1363120582.384553.jpg

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    As seen on TV wire ties...nice and simple.

    I don't use a roof rack myself but fork mount on tonneau cover setup.

    For rear tires, I use a basic nylon strap (for sleeping bags). It's held the tires down fine doing 140kmh on long road trips.

    Can't see why it wouldn't work for you roof rack guys.
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    Just posted this DIY, might work with your Yakima. DIY Fat bike rack tray/straps for 5" tires - write-up with photos


    Fat Bike on Roof Rack?-camerazoom-20130313194553836.jpg

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    Here's mine... My car roof mount mod.

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    I modified my rack with a "tray" from a newer "Thule" (I think)
    Fat Bike on Roof Rack?-img_4025-m.jpg

    I thermoformed so it will fit the fatter tires.
    Fat Bike on Roof Rack?-img_4033-l.jpg

    It works great, even on the freeways and big winds..

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    Quote Originally Posted by tri-tele View Post
    Surly junk straps are plenty long and securely strap down fat tires on roof rack trays.
    And they are SURLY!
    "Ride what you love, love what you ride"

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    Quote Originally Posted by duggus View Post
    Just posted this DIY, might work with your Yakima. DIY Fat bike rack tray/straps for 5" tires - write-up with photos


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    Awesome stuff here. thanks. I might have to take a stop to my local home depot and pick some materials up

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