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Yakima Locking BlockHead Truck Bed Bike Carrier Review

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Review of the Yakima Locking BlockHead Truck Bed Bike Carrier


Today we'll be taking a look at the Yakima Locking BlockHead Single Bike Truck Bed Mounted Bike Rack, part number Y01118. The Yakima BlockHead is a fork-mounted bike carrier that mounts in your truck bed or on your trailer. It features a 9mm quick-release skewer that's locking so you an ensure that your bike isn't going anywhere. The open design is going to allow it to work with different styles of bikes, including those with disc brakes. I've gone ahead and removed the bike so we can go over a few additional features. The handle is an oversized ergonomic design. It's going to be very easy to use.

You can see right here is the actual interior workings of the lock that are going to help secure it up. The base itself is made out of a black anodized aluminum, so it's going to be corrosion resistant and last a long time. The whole thing features a lifetime warranty. Now that we've gone over some features we'll go ahead and show you how to get it installed. We're here on our truck bed, but it's also going to work out great for your trailers as well. Now you have multiple different options when it comes to installing this.

You can install it here at the head of your truck bed, you can install it on the top. It works out great in the bed itself, on either of the side rails, and of course, some people prefer a less permanent solution and they install it to a board like we've got here in our truck bed. I'm just using a 10x2 board that runs the width of my truck bed here to mount it to. Now you will have to provide your own hardware when mounting it. If you're going to do like we are today and mount it into a block of wood you'll want to use some heavy duty screws. If you'll be mounting it directly to the frame of your trailer or to your truck bed you're going to want to use some heavy duty bolts with flange nuts to secure it.

For today I'll go ahead and, I've already got some holes drilled out, I'm going to place my screw in. I'm going to go ahead and tighten down my hardware. Now the nice thing about using a wood solution like we are here is, if we ever need the full use of our truck bed for anything we can just remove the block of wood. Once I've got those good and secure you can see it's not going anywhere. Now we're ready to bring in our skewer and then grab our bike. Now our skewer comes in 2 pieces.

You have the skewer itself and the locking head. It doesn't rightly matter which side you install it on. Just do whichever is most convenient for you. I'm going to go ahead and pass my skewer through this side. I'm going to take my head, now the head is spring-loaded so that when it's locked it'll prevent it from being turned, but right now, in order to get it installed, we'll have to separate the 2 pieces. It's not going to come off. That spring holds it in place as well. We'll put it on the 1 end and that's going to allow me to tighten it up here. Don't want to go on all the way because I want to save enough room to be able to fit my forks down in there. I'll take my bike and set it into place. You'll of course want to have your front tire removed. It should fit right down around your skewer. This is pretty much just like installing your tire on your bike in that you want to have it tight enough that you can just barely close up the skewer. As you can see I'm not quite able to close up my skewer. That's not a problem, I can just come here to the spring-loaded portion and loosen it a little until I'm able to get a good, firm lock. Once that's in place you can see our bike's not going anywhere. Now I'll take my key, it does come with 2, lock that up. As you can see you can't undo the skewer. Now with it all secure we can go ahead and take it out on our test course, show you what it looks like in action. Here on our test course let's first go into the slalom. This is going to show you the side-to-side action, such as evasive maneuvers or going around corners. Then on to our alternating speed bumps, which is going to show you a twisting action, such as hitting potholes or uneven pavement. Finally we'll go over our solid speed bumps. This is going to show you an up-and-down action such as going over speed bumps themselves, pulling in and out of a driveway or parking lot. That's going to complete our look at the Yakima BlockHead Single Bike Truck Bed Mounted Bike Rack, part number Y01118.


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