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    Wind resistance and noise

    Currently using Yakima roof bars with a thule tray.


    Any tips to reduce the wind noise and also help with the fuel consumption?
    Is the fender really worth my $80?
    I only carry the bike on weekends, sometimes even just once a week but the roof rack stays on for convenience purposes

    Was thinking of changing to a hitch mount but it is too troublesome and costly to get one here. Boot racks are out of the equation because of cosmetic reasons.

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    if by fender you mean fairing, yes. $80 is msrp, no reason to pay that... look around or buy used...should be able to be found for under $50.

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    the fairing will definitely help alleviate wind noise...

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    Are there any fairing options for factory crossbars that are teardrop shaped? I'd love to get a fairing but can't find one that would work. To be honest though, I haven't done a ton of research.
    Gotta get up to get down.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BaeckerX1 View Post
    Are there any fairing options for factory crossbars that are teardrop shaped? I'd love to get a fairing but can't find one that would work.
    i believe Inno makes a fairing that works on factory installed crossbars.

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    Thanks for the advice. Any tips that would help with fuel consumption?

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    Fairings help with noise but not necessarily with drag. In fact, they may just be more drag.

    J.

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    If your really worried about reduced mpg with the racks, take them off when not in use. I leave my cross bars on all the time but I take the tray off when not being used.

    The problem with the rear racks is if you get rear ended your prized possession gets crushed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pleepleus View Post
    If your really worried about reduced mpg with the racks, take them off when not in use. I leave my cross bars on all the time but I take the tray off when not being used.

    The problem with the rear racks is if you get rear ended your prized possession gets crushed.
    and the problem with roof racks is garages (from painful experience). I have both.

    j.

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