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    Mounted bike directly to roof rack

    I normally haul my bike in the back of my truck.We are going on vacation so I've been looking at bike racks for my wifes van. I looked at roof racks for around $300 and up. I also looked at "trunk racks " for about half that. The Yakima roof racks are that expensive because it won't adapt to the rails and cross members that are already on the van. Then it hit me ," Why not attach my front fork truck mount directly to the cross member I already have". I did it earlier tonight and unless I've missed something it seems like it's going to work great ! Didn't cost a dime and it's one of the first times we've actually used our built in roof rack. I'll just have to stay away from the fastfood drive thru barriers that are out there Hope this might help someone that doesn't want to spend the cash.
    What kind of bike do you have?
    A Sledgehammer.
    Dang! You got shocks, pegs...lucky! You ever take it off any sweet jumps?

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    Pics? Sounds like it might have potential.

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    I'll put my bike on there tomorrow and snap a few shots in the daylight.
    What kind of bike do you have?
    A Sledgehammer.
    Dang! You got shocks, pegs...lucky! You ever take it off any sweet jumps?

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    Depending upon the construction of the crossbar you may have no problem at all. A wide metal crossbar should be ok. I should have done that with my old Nissan Frontier that had aluminum crossbars that were probably 6" wide and 2.5" thick.

    Once you've got it mounted up, check to see if the bike sways side to side or has any movement. I've seen this before on crossbars that simply could not handle the lateral stress. The bikes would lean enough side to side that I was concerned to drive behind the car they were on. That would suck to run over someone else's bike not to mention the damage it could do to another vehicle.

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    Yakima's Frontloader fits directly to nearly all crossbars. Easy to use - 1 minute to install on bars and 30 seconds to load a bike. Holds my 29er and other bikes secure.

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    Drove 800 miles with no problems. It was an easy and cheap solution that I won't need to use very often. The mount is also something I made because my fork is 15mm thru axle and my old fork mount didn't fit and I couldn't find one so I made one.
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    What kind of bike do you have?
    A Sledgehammer.
    Dang! You got shocks, pegs...lucky! You ever take it off any sweet jumps?

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    Is the rear wheel just resting on the roof? Seems to me that the lack of stability could be excessive on the front fork mount at highway speeds, especially with some strong crosswinds.

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    Yes it's resting on the roof. I had it attached to the rear roof rack during travel but that was only to keep it from being able to slide from left to right.
    What kind of bike do you have?
    A Sledgehammer.
    Dang! You got shocks, pegs...lucky! You ever take it off any sweet jumps?

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    Flip it upside down, so you don't have to take the front wheel off. One strap through the rear wheel, and one strap figure-8 around the handlebars.

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    I drilled the roof rack of my Jeep to accept basically all Yakima accessories. It works fine but my Jeep is lifted and having a 29er on the roof must make it about 16 feet tall. I'm always worried about bashing it into stuff.
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