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post #1 of 10 Old 07-31-2020, 08:09 PM Thread Starter
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Homemade Bike Roof Rack

Been getting back into road biking lately and with my Bestop extendatrunk in the rear of the Jeep tossing the bikes in the back is a little cumbersome. Came up with a solution to use some fork mounting blocks and letting the rear bike tires rest on the soundbar.

Total cost for the project was about $55. Fork mounts were $30 on ebay, U-channel was free at work, and the hardware was about $25 in nuts and bolts. The rear tires are held down with a velcro strap, there is not much force on them.

The only tricky part was matching the threads of the door surround bolts, but I ending up finding the specs in the forums here. Finding the perfect sized channel was also a big tough.

Took it for a short test drive today and am happy with it. It's a little unnerving with the forks sitting right above your head, but I think that will go away as I get more comfortable with it.

Yes, this is a top down only solution, but that works for us because we don't bike in the rain. Also this will also only be used on local roads, though I'm confident it could do find at highway speeds.

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post #2 of 10 Old 07-31-2020, 08:13 PM
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Pretty bad ***! Just don't forget when u hit the McDonald's drive thru

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post #3 of 10 Old 07-31-2020, 08:59 PM
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I think it'd look pretty cool to have a couple of "riders" up there when on the freeway at 70mph, just a peddling away.

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Pretty bad ***! Just don't forget when u hit the McDonald's drive thru

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LOL, Friend of my wife forgot driving into her garage.... expensive mistake....

another option would be U channel behind the main hoop on the roll bar, and back wheels in the bed of the Jeep

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post #5 of 10 Old 07-31-2020, 09:21 PM
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Seems to me like a spare tire or receiver mounted bike rack would be easier to use and not present overhead clearance issues. Any particular reason you went this route?

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Seems to me like a spare tire or receiver mounted bike rack would be easier to use and not present overhead clearance issues. Any particular reason you went this route?

I previously had the thule Spare Me Pro, the one that mounts on the spare tire. It was okay, but like any rack of that style it bounced around a lot on the road. It also put a TON of torque on the rear tire carrier and door. I was not confident in it long term. Used it twice and sold it.

A hitch mount would probably be easier, if I had a hitch. Until I get a new bumper with an integrated hitch this solution was the fastest and cheapest to implement. Fork mounts are also one of the most secure solutions, minimal bouncing around.
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post #7 of 10 Old 08-01-2020, 06:40 AM
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Get more exercise and just ride the bikes to the destination you're going to ride them at. My Dad used to ride his bike to and from work everyday an hour away. He was 70 years old at the time.

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post #8 of 10 Old 08-01-2020, 07:31 AM
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Nice solution. Simple and cheap. And it's better being able to see the bikes. I had a roof rack on my car and hated it. I was always worried about the bike flying off even though it was unlikely. Although, I did find it loose a few times. I too know people who forgot about their bikes and drove into the garage.

All of the spare tire bike racks I know of suck. They all hold onto the top tube which wears through the paint and can damage cables over time. And the bike is always bouncing around. A high clearance, swing away rack that holds both tires and the frame is the ideal solution. Nobody makes one. I have been meaning to make a setup that mounts my Thule roof racks to either the spare tire or the bumper.

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What about the tray type rack the holds the bike by the tires, on a front mounted receiver?

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post #10 of 10 Old 08-01-2020, 06:27 PM
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Could be an option. Wouldn't have to deal with the tailgate. Personally I don't think I would like a bike in the front, especially at the height needed for high clearance.

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