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Yakima HighRoad Roof Bike Rack Review

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Review of the Yakima HighRoad Roof Bike Rack


Today we're going to be taking a look at the Yakima HighRoad Roof Bike Rack, part number Y02114. The Yakima HighRoad is a great bike rack that can hold up to one bike on your roof. Instead of having to remove your front tire for a fork mount, this actually grips it by your front tire as well as your rear tire. Therefore, there's no frame contact at all as well. The rear wheel strap here is adjustable to accommodate bikes of different sizes. Then we also have this Torque-Rite knob at the front.

Once you tighten that down, it'll give two to three audible clicks, and you know your bike has secured to the rack. It has several points where you can install a lock cores to. We have a integrated cable lock here at the back as well as locks where our bike rack actually attaches to the roof rack system. These lock cores are sold separately and the part number to that is Y07202. With everything installed on the bike rack, it's not going to interfere with most hatches or trunks, as you can see here. There's plenty of space in between the two.

This bike rack is a low profile design, which minimizes wind noise while you're driving. The maximum weight for your bike can be 45 pounds, with a maximum tire width of 3-1/4" and a wheel diameter of 26 to 29". Once everything's taken off, the hoops actually fold down flat while you travel. Now while we have around Areo Bars now, this also fits round, elliptical, square, and most factory cross bars. Now that we've gone over some features of the roof bike rack, let's go ahead and show you how it installs. We'll first set it on top of our bars here.

Today, we're using the Yakima Core Bars. We'll first push back our rear mounting point, so it fits over our bar. Then we'll go to the front of the vehicle and make sure that our bike rack is straight on the vehicle. Next we'll take our strap, wrap it underneath our bar here, then bring it back up, and take these ends here, and put them into these indents here. We'll close it down and the tension isn't really where it needs to be so we'll take this gray knob here, you can turn it to the right to tighten, or left to loosen the tension.

Once it's tensioned down, we'll put it back in that area there. Then we'll slide this piece over to secure our strap into place. Now a good rule of thumb to know if its tightened properly, give it a shake test, and go back and forth. If it can still slide along your actual crossbar, then it needs to be tightened more. Now if you we're to have a lock, you'd be able to turn that, and this would be secured to your roof rack. To make it easier to get to our front attachments, we'll open it up, and push these through the bottom like so, and take this point, put it in here, and close it down. You see, it's not very tight. Again, we'll have to start tensioning it down using the gray wheel here. Slide that forward like you did in the rear and we'll repeat this for the other side as well. Again, like with the rear, you want to make sure that you shake it back and forth making sure that it's not going to move along your roof rack after you have it tightened down. With our bike rack completely installed onto our roof rack, we're now ready to start installing our bike. We have our rear strap in the open position. Then we'll take our first bar here, open it up all the way. That's where the tire is going to rest in when you initially install your bike. Next, we're ready to load our bike. Lift it into position, bring up the smaller hoop, to this location here, and then rolling the tire with the hoop, against the larger hoop. Then we'll come to this knob here and start tightening it down. You want to stop tightening it down once you hear two or three audible clicks. That means its torqued to its proper specification. Once we do, you can see up at the top here, it's starting to grip the tire. There you go. Now we'll go to our rear tire and then secure it as well. Making sure it's between the spokes. We'll feed our strap through until its tightened down. With everything nice and tight, now we'll go ahead and take it on our test course and show you how it looks there. First we'll take it onto our slalom course. This will show you the side to side action, such as making turns or evasive maneuvers. Now we're at the alternating speed bumps. This will show you looks driving on uneven pavement or potholes. Finally, we're at the solid speed bumps, which simulates going into your driveway or parking lot. There you have it for the Yakima HighRoad Roof Bike Rack, part number Y02114.


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