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Discussion in 'Cargo Carriers / Bike Racks / Other Storage Option' started by mrtuba9, Jul 16, 2008.

  1. mrtuba9

    mrtuba9 New Member

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    Anyone ever just strapped their bikes to the roof of the PUP? No carrier, just protection for the roof? Sound crazy? Here's my reasoning:

    • DS's (8 & 10) JUST got the courage to ride two-wheelers and the DW says "anyway we can take the bikes on our trip [in August]?"
    • The roof has been through at least one hail storm. Not worried about dents.
    • Will take off front wheels, and one pedal so it lays as flat as possible. Padding underneath bikes (maybe fiberglass sheathing panels?).
    • Liberal use of ratcheting tie-downs

    Our trip in August is the first and only summer trip we'll make. Staying at a couple of SP's that seem good for short rides. Any thoughts appreciated...flame away!
     
  2. charles claxton

    charles claxton Member

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    Bob, I strap two bikes to the top of our pup with no rack!! I leave them standing straight up and run a strap to each corner of the pup, One on each side of the handel bars and one on each side of the back of the frame!! Make them nice and snug and you will have no problems at all.
     
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    these sound like great ideas...I was wondering how we could haul my daughter's bike. I am passing this info on to DH. Thanks!!
     
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    I strap my sons bike to the spare tire :) His bike has the pegs that stick out from the wheel axles and I set those on the rear bumper with a small piece of rubber underneath each. Then use a bungee cord to hold the bike against the spare tire and one at each wheel to keep it from bouncing up and down. Its, quick, easy and not enough weight to cause a problem. I wouldn't do 2 or 3 bikes this way. But for 1 20inch bike it works just fine.
     
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    How about using a wooden pallet to keep the sharp parts of a bike from punching into the roof?

    Actually, in the right orientation, a pallet might make an impromptu bike rack in and of itself...
     
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    Now that has me thinking! <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_hardhat.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Major Mods"> Thanks, Bummer! Even rolling my own might do the trick! And I can choose the material...hmnnn...

    And thanks to everyone else; never thought of your suggestion, charles!
     
  7. Luv2ridebikes

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    You can improvise and that is probably a good idea instead of rushing into a quick purchase and figure out later you chose the wrong solution. Be careful with the tie downs as they go over the edge down to your anchor points. Most tops are a little soft and it doesn't take much to dent them. I have a couple to show for the times I carried our tandem bike on the roof.
     
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    Hey thanks, Steve. I took a look at your pics. <s>Can you point me in the direction of that Yakima fork mount/lock?</s>

    WHOA, I think I found it. Yakima Blockhead?

    Sorry for the quick trigger.
     
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    I bought mine at Dick's sporting goods for a lot less money. I've also had good success buying brand new Yakima rack components through E Bay for well under retail.

    Now that you mention it - we used to mount our bikes in the back of a pick up with blockheads mounted to a 2X4 that fit in the bed liner. I don't know why you couldn't mount some blockheads on a 2X4 and strap that to the camper, then run a strap through the rear wheels of the bikes. You would need anchor points and enough straps to make sure it did not shift, but the cost would not be much. It would leave you needing storage for the front wheels.
     
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    This is why I want to build a "luggage" rack when I rebuild the top of my trailer this winter. One, to carry stuff, like bikes. Two, to reinforce and support the top.

    When it comes to Heroes, Renegades are MINE!
     
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    While we were on holiday this past week, we saw a fellow with four large bikes strapped straight to the roof of his PUP (lying on their sides, completely intact). Mind you, he also had a roof box on their (the kind you put on your car that holds a ton of stuff), and he was towing all of this with a small, two door car, so I'm not really sure if he is the best person to take cues from !
     
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    You know, I always wondered if it would be ok to do that and I never tried, did without a bike for years. I should have asked! Now we have a TT and the bikes go inside and lay on a tarp. I sure would have loved having my bike to ride to the potty!
     
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    you could easily strap the bikes down upside down by the seat and handlebars. That way nothing hard is going to scrape up the roof.
     
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    I have thought about just strapping my bike upside down with the handle bars and the seat and the points against the roof. Wind resistance should be minimal, I am just worried about them falling over with no real rack holding them..
     
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    I am frugal; ok cheap. I tried to make my own bike rack at work, I work as an electtrician at a large corporation with a nice fab shop in it. Well, I did make a nice rack with old conduit cut in half then welded at 45's to strap bike down into. It worked, but still seemed home made.
    I found used ymaka "tray" type holders on craigs list. they strap the wheels on then use a a frame device to grip the frame and lock with a key; making my mind at ease when stopping at rest stops and attractins on the way home.
    I paid $25 each for them $100 total, and mounted right to the square tube frame installed on pup roof by po.
    I can load or unload 4 bikes in 3 minutes and need no straps or bungees, as all the "hardware is attached to the trays.
    When I go camping, I want to do as little work as possible. I will do more at home ahead of time to make pulling out as easy as possible. Our camper is set up to only need to gather clothes and food. Dw takes care of that. I get home from work, hook-up trailer throw 3 bags of clothes, a box of food, and the cooler in bed of truck and we are off.
    Tried to atttach photo's How do you do it?
     
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    ^^^you have to post your pics on a website---like webshots or photobucket and then click on a link and the post that link on here
     
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    I would think thast you could pick up a strap on trunk mounted bike rack for between $50 and $100.

    this would avoid possible roof damage and you could use it anytime. those kids are not going to get smaller and neither will the bikes. if you plan now you will have a set up for the future.
     
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    The reason I came onto this forum today was to see if anyone has done this.

    We were on the road and saw people with bikes on the PUP with NO rack. However they had them upside down and upright (vertical not horizontal laying down) Then had them strapped down. I think we might try that in the future.
     
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    I have hauled a few things on my roof now. One thing I found out is that FunNoodles (the pool floats) work great at adding some extra padding, plus are good for floating in the pool/ at the beach too!
     
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