Roof Mounted bike carriers for a carbon bike

by Sniffer   May 14, 2013  

I have been transporting my carbon road bike in the back of an estate car when I need to take it with me. I have a few weekends away planned with the family when I will have the opportunity to cycle, but I won't have room in the car. I will be towing a dinghy so tow bar bike carriers are out. Anybody have experience with roof mounted ones with carbon frames. I have used carriers which clamp the down tube, but only on aluminium MTBs. OK with carbon? I could use pipe insulation around the down tube where it is clamped. What about carriers that clamp the front fork? Are they a better bet? My bike is not too flash - a Focus Cayo, but I wouldn't want to damage it.

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posted by Raleigh [1730 posts]
14th May 2013 - 22:14

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thule outride 561 ... clamps the forks not the frame.
works perfectly on my nanolight Smile
added bonus is the 15/20mm bolt through adapter so I can
fork mount my carbon mtb as well !!

still on the 3rd switch-back of Bwlch !

posted by therevokid [714 posts]
15th May 2013 - 10:24

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An alternative is the Atera Giro Speed. This clamps the forks like the Thule referred to above but should be slightly cheaper. Have a look at http://www.roofbox.co.uk/ for what will fit your car and prices etc.

posted by Sadly Biggins [264 posts]
15th May 2013 - 11:15

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Thanks for the help. I'll go fork mounted.

Ride more, ride better

posted by Sniffer [130 posts]
17th May 2013 - 19:48

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Probably silly question, but can't the bike go in the dingy when towing and towbar rack if you're not?

posted by FMOAB [233 posts]
18th May 2013 - 0:28

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Not a silly question, but the dinghy is a Topper which is a kids dinghy and a bike would not fit in. There is a box below in which I can put the front wheel though.

Ride more, ride better

posted by Sniffer [130 posts]
23rd May 2013 - 13:49

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Thule 591 - I've got 2 and they're very well built and a doddle to put on / take off. I've had no issues with the down-tube clamp on my carbon frame, although I do put a bit of cardboard between the frame and the cables to prevent any possible scratching. That's more out of vanity than anything else though!

posted by chris75018 [95 posts]
23rd May 2013 - 17:05

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personally ... wouldn't trust a clamp on the downtube as
it's in an area where that type of force is not designed
for ... but, pro bikes on team cars seem ok so who knows Smile
Me being paranoid (can't afford a new frame more like!)
means I'll stay with the 561 for now Big Grin

still on the 3rd switch-back of Bwlch !

posted by therevokid [714 posts]
24th May 2013 - 8:39

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The front fork clamp and rear wheel sitting on the rack is more than adequate. That's how the bike designer has designed the bike to take much higher loads than a bit of sideways sway on an unladen bike (take off any heavy bags etc).
I've transported bikes and tandems many thousands of miles over the last 40+ years on a carrier that simply clamps the front forks by the axles without any issues whatsoever. I simply sit the rear wheel on the carrier and tie it down with a toe strap to stop it bouncing.
No danger of scratching or crushing your frame.

Binky

posted by davebinks [126 posts]
24th May 2013 - 19:33

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http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/380639388178 is a cheap option. No lock so don't leave your Pinarello on whilst you nip for a wee at Watford Gap Crying

posted by veseunr [282 posts]
24th May 2013 - 21:19

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As Raleigh already said i can recommend the OutRide 561 bike carrier from Thule, too. Very stable, cheap and reliable.

posted by peter 78 [1 posts]
22nd August 2014 - 14:23

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I am using a Thule 594XT Sidearm which although it is not that cheap it grabs the front tire to hold the bike on my cars roof. It is very sturdy bike rack and I recommend it as you will not buy one every year.

posted by AndreiCube [4 posts]
8th September 2014 - 13:40

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You can get wheel clamp roof brackets by Yakima so will not damage frame or forks.

posted by CXR94Di2 [139 posts]
8th September 2014 - 18:13

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Seasucker Talon? Expensive but simple and small and would fit your needs.

posted by Tintow [6 posts]
8th September 2014 - 21:46

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I've been using a Thule 591 for my Cayo the last year. No bother.
I sometimes put pipe insulation around the clamp but not always.
Frame not snapped.

2013 Focus Cayo Evo --- 2013 Boardman CX Team (hit by car, RIP) Sad

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posted by IngloriousLou [52 posts]
8th September 2014 - 22:42

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