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Yakima Roof Bike Racks Review - 2020 Toyota Tacoma

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Review of the Yakima Roof Bike Racks on a 2020 Toyota Tacoma


Evangeline: Hi. It's Evangeline from etrailer.com and today we are looking at the Yakima High Road roof bike rack on our 2020 Toyota Tacoma. Now, what's great about this bike rack is if you need to mount your bike and have it ready to go right when you dismount it, it's great for that. It has a wheel mount as well, so we have our carbon fiber frame bike up there and it's okay because you don't have to worry about warping, like we might would maybe either frame mounts.Now, some other bike racks, especially roof bike racks, might be forked bike racks. And the main difference for here is that with this one, you don't have to worry about taking off your front wheel, storing it while you're on your trip and reattaching it after you arrive. You just lift it off and you're ready to go.So while this is a great bike rack, the question is can your bike fit on it So this can handle wheel diameters of 26 to 29.

It has a weight capacity of 45 pounds and its maximum wheelbase is 48 inches. So if your bike fits all those dimensions, then you're ready to get this bike rack and go on a great journey.Installing is a pretty simple process. You place it over your bar and this strap will go around it. It fits most bars, arrows, square, round, elliptical, and most factory bars. Right now, it's on our HD bar, which is actually slightly wider than your regular bars.

So after you wrap it around, you lift it up this way and then your feet go first up and into the groove right there. So if it's in that grove, you can then adjust the tension so this adjusts it looser and this tightens the tension. It's best to just find a good balance enough for you to flip it over and lock it and this goes into place to keep that secure.Strap it in on both sides and then you're ready to mount your bike. When you're ready to mount your bike, you first lift this up and away from the rack. Then you grab your bike and lift it up onto the rack.

So this goes up against that far end and this goes up there and the strap goes through the wheel. The first step is to make sure it's against the end as far as it can be, there we go, and you're going to lift this against your wheel as high as it can. You tighten this knob in order to push this mount against your wheel. So tighten it all the way until it clicks. There we go.

That's a click right there. You then attach your back wheel by wrapping the strap through and just pulling it secure. Here it is on our test course. We'll start by going through the slalom. This is going to show us the side to side action, which simulates turning corners or evasive maneuvers. Next, we're at the alternating speed bumps, which we'll see the twisting action. This will simulate hitting a curb or pothole or driving over uneven pavement. And finally, we have the full speed bumps where we'll see the up and down action, which is just like driving out of a parking lot garage or driveway. Evangeline: If you're worried about safety, you can purchase locks separately. The first is a lock core. You can switch this out in order to lock your rack to your roof rack. Another thing is it comes with this cable and you can purchase a lock in order to secure your bike to your bike rack. But other than that, final thoughts for me are is I like how it works in that I can simply just put my bike up on there and like just turn the knob to hold it in and just go off on my day. And when I'm ready to go biking, just take it off and just start biking without having to worry about attaching tires. So I like that, less of a hassle for me.But one thing you would have to think about is that it is a little bit more weight with both tires on as compared to fork mounted bike racks. So if this was a bit taller, it's on the bedrock roof rack right now, but if it was on a taller rack, it might help to be maybe a little bit taller than me for ease of mounting your bike.So other than that, that was the Yakima High Road roof bike rack on a 2020 Toyota Tacoma.


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