Wednesday, March 29, 2017 5:03:06 AM America/Denver
Where Did Cycling Originate?
As you load up your bike racks this weekend and head out to your favorite cycling spot, take a moment to appreciate that 2017 marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of cycling. Though the bicycle as we know it emerged gradually, its earliest iteration, the velocipede, was created in 1817, by the German Baron Carl von Drais.Read More
Wednesday, March 29, 2017 4:59:35 AM America/Denver
How Cycling Can Change Your Body
This weekend, millions of men and women will load up their bike racks and head to their favorite streets and trails for a great workout that combined fitness and fun. The World Health Organization lists physical inactivity as the second most dangerous health risk in developed nations (The first is smoking tobacco), but people of all ages and abilities can experience the many health benefits cycling provides, changing their bodies and lives in the process. Where will you notice the effects of cycling?Read More
Wednesday, January 18, 2017 10:54:15 PM America/Denver
Ski enthusiasts need an effective and efficient way to transport their equipment so they can fully enjoy themselves on the slopes while having everything they need to do so. Cracks & Racks specializes in quality ski racks designed to meet a number of needs so that our customers never have to settle. Learn more about buying the perfect ski rack for your specific needs.Read More
Monday, August 22, 2016 2:58:54 PM America/Denver
We know buying a car rack can be difficult. Roof racks, for example, are highly configurable requiring many different components. The more you read, the more information there is to sort through.
That's why we created our One-on-One Rack Consultation with our staff, because it is our mission to make sure that your car rack investment not only fits your vehicle properly but works with your lifestyle as well.Read More
Wednesday, June 29, 2016 4:32:00 PM America/Denver
In a nutshell, the Kuat NV 2.0 is a blend of simple elegance combined with functional design that caters to every level of cyclist from weekend warriors to the hard core mountain biker to fat bikers to roadies. What is most impressive is that Kuat took the feedback from their dealers and end users of the original Kuat NV to help design this version of the bike rack. We commend the folks at Kuat for listening closely, staying true to their philosphy and remaining humble..
Tuesday, March 15, 2016 2:03:29 PM America/Denver
Oh no, you have lost your Yakima keys and need to replace them, but you are not sure how to find out what key number goes with your Yakima lock. The lock number for Yakima lock core is stamped on the inside of the lock core itself, so the lock core will have to be removed in order to see what it is. Yakima keys and cores have a letter "A" followed by a three digit number, ex. A###.
The lock core can only be removed when it is in the unlocked position and will require a blank Yakima control key to remove the core.
If your Yakima product is locked then you will need to do one of two things:
- Call a locksmith to unlock your Yakima product so you can use the change key to remove the core and check to see what key number you need
- Stop by your local Yakima dealer to see if they have Yakima keys in-stock. They can systematically check all the keys until they find the right one
- Drilling out the lock. A person can be successful in drilling out the lock and just replace it with a brand new set of locks. However, it is easy to damage the lock core housing on the Yakima product with the drill bit and then you will never get another lock to insert properly. Consider this a last resort.
All Yakima replacement Keys, Cores, and Control Keys can be purchased at Cracksandracks.com
Friday, January 22, 2016 8:15:18 AM America/Denver
So what's so great about the New Rocky Mounts LiftOp this year? Get your pad and pen ready cause this list of features goes on for a while. The LiftOps have added a new and improved universal cable strap mounting system along with a flush mounting option for those of us with the Thule Aeroblades or the Yakima Whispbars. The rack comes with locks for your skis as well as for the rack. They have beefed up the spring mechanism, keeping the rack up and out of the way while loading and unloading. It has plenty of super soft rubber cushioning, making loading thick carving boards easy. The LiftOps come in 3 different sizes for different carrying capacities. And, last but not least, has one of the friendliest price points on the market.
The new and improved universal mounting hardware, or cable strap, has a very unique and user friendly design. A hex-key and quick twist of the wrist is all you need to attach this ski rack to your crossbars. The cable inside this mounting hardware can be extended or shortened by turning the hex head bolt inside. This will accommodate even some of the larger factory crossbars out there.
What's that? You have Thule AeroBlades or Yakima Whispbars! Not to worry. RockyMounts had the foresight to include Flush Mounting hardware with the ski rack. This gives the rack a very clean and integrated look, cuts down on drag and mpg's, and removes unsightly mounting hardware from the roof of your vehicle.
It is always a pain when you are trying to load or unload your skis and the top portion of the rack keeps getting in your way. This won't happen with the new RockyMounts LiftOps. One of its nicest features is the newly designed larger spring, which really helps to give you the space needed to use the rack quickly and easily.
Basically, this rack can do it all. With its many new features and a great price point it will be hard to justify going with another rack manufacturer. Grab any of these fantastic rack options at Cracksandracks.com. Free shipping with orders over $100.00!!
Tuesday, August 25, 2015 7:58:00 AM America/Denver
Ever been in a situation where 5 gallons of pressurized water would come in handy? The Road Shower is your solution.
This solar heated, powder-coated aluminum tube holds up to 5 gallons of water and can be pressurized via a schrader valve with a bike pump or CO2 cartridge. It comes with a 4ft hose and a spray nozzle with multiple settings, giving you the perfect stream for any application.
The Road Shower does not take up much room on your roof rack either, leaving room for other toys and accessories. It comes with universal hardware capable of mounting to any kind of crossbar. Like the Yakima Round Bars, Thule Square Bars, Thule AeroBlades, or Whispbars.
The Road Shower has many uses. I used one on a camping trip for drinking water, cleaning dishes, washing off my Mountain Bike, getting the mud off myself and the dog, and putting out the campfire. This product is tough and has been field-tested on some of the roughest 4WD roads in Colorado and Utah.Â No matter what you are into, the Road Shower is a great piece of gear that will make your life easier.
Thursday, August 20, 2015 7:57:36 AM America/Denver
Here we have installed the Whispbar Flush Bar Rack on a new model Land Rover Range Rover. On top of the Flush Bar system sits the Thule 92725 Flat Top Ski Rack mounted beautifully with the Thule Flush Mount Ski Hardware for AeroBlades and Whisbar rack systems. The Flush Bar Rack mounts into fixed points that come standard on the Range Rovers. There are 3 different mounting points on each side of the Range Rovers. In this case we used the front and the middle mount points so that it is easier when loading skis and boards into the ski rack we wouldn't have to worry about them hitting the rear hatch, when opened. The Flat Top 6 Ski Rack is mounted without the use of the SpeedLink Mounting Hardware that the ski racks come out of the box with. This is where the Thule AeroBlade Flush Mount Ski Hardware comes in. While it does take more time and effort to install the ski rack in this way, it is undeniably a nicer looking installation when all is said and done.
Friday, August 14, 2015 7:56:46 AM America/Denver
The Thule 500XT Xsporter Pro is the one rack that can transform your ordinary truck into a work truck prepared for virtually any job, or into a truck capable of mounting almost any rack accessory for your next adventure. The Thule 500XT is a significant improvement in versatility and ease-of-use over its predecessor, the Thule 422XT Xsporter. Whether you are carrying lumber, ladders, cargo boxes, bikes, skis, or boats this rack can do it all.
The 500XT XSporter Pro is equipped with its patented "CustomAdjust" bars that have a built in quick dial with numbered slots so that any desirable height can be obtained for all types of loads. The crossbars have been designed in an aerodynamic shape to reduce drag and cut down on noise. Thule has also added a "WindDiffuser", which is a textured rubber strip placed on top and inside the crossbar's T channel to further reduce noise and drag. The rack is made of reinforced Aluminum, giving it the versatility of being light and strong capable of holding up to 450lbs.
Thule has also considered the very popular Toyota Tacoma in the design of this rack, by creating the Thule XK3. The XK3 is an adapter which allows the Thule 500XT Xsporter Pro to be mounted into the tracks that are already present in the bed of the 2005 and newer Tacomas. Keep in mind, the XK3 adapter is NOT required for use with the Tundra, even though you may have the track system installed in your bed.
This rack is also equipped with 4 Thule "SecureLocks", protecting what makes your "work truck" a "work truck".
Among the new features of the 500XT Xsporter Pro is the ability to lock the rack to the vehicle. Thule engineers have listened to folks on the street and designed the SecureLock system to prevent someone from removing the mounting hardware and taking the rack off the truck. Additionally, there is locking capability to prevent the overhead racks from being removed from the base racks (not pictured).
One of the complaints we've heard about the Thule 500 is that it doesn't include the Load Stops that attach inside the channel at the top of the crossbars. The New Thule 500XT Xsporter Pro now includes 4 Load Stops.
Overall, the Thule 500XT Xsporter Pro Truck Rack is an extremely versatile rack. Installation is relatively easy, albeit a bit time consuming for 1 person, so leave about 60-90 minutes for a complete install. With easy to follow instructions and light weight materials, the simplicity allows this to be a one person job, but two is always helpful. With the crossbars being able to move back and forth along the bed and up and down, it's perfect truck bed rack for damn near any application.
Tuesday, August 11, 2015 7:55:46 AM America/Denver
Looking for the coolest, sleekest rack available today? Then, look no further than the Whispbar Flush Bar Rack system. The Whispbar Flush Bar makes your vehicle look like it came from the factory with a strong, quiet and useful rack already on it.
The Whispbar Rack on this Audi wagon attaches to the flush side rail that runs down both sides of the roof of the car. On top of this system there is plenty of room for the Yakima Fat Cat 6 Ski Rack. This is the perfect combination of good looks and efficiency. The Fat Cat 6 Ski Rack is capable of holding six pairs of fat skis while still keeping a nice low profile design. Instead of bolts that attach an upper and lower plate, the NEW and improved mounting hardware, called SnapLocks, with over-molded stainless steel straps that fit easily onto most aerodynamic and factory crossbars. The new universal hardware is tightened from inside the ski rack and once locked cannot be accessed without opening the rack.
The new universal SnapLock mounts minimize the hardware wrapping underneath the crossbar, which is good in the case of low crossbars or sunroofs. This is very important to note as most of the new Audi's and many other new cars have a lot of glass on the roof, and the sunroof, instead of sliding inside the roof, must now pop up and out to open.
**Updated** Yakima now makes the Whispbar WB-300 ski rack which integrates into the channels on the top of the Whispbar racks, Thule AeroBlade Rack Systems and other AeroBar configurations. This new rack is the same dimension as the 3088 Yakima Fat Cat 6 and also includes the same mounting hardware as the Fat Cat 6, but is finished in the same brushed aluminum color as the Whispbar Rack Systems.
Thursday, August 6, 2015 7:55:06 AM America/Denver
What is a Flush Mounted Ski Rack and why is it beneficial? Instead of having mounting hardware that wraps around the entire crossbar, flush mounting utilizes the channel that is found in the new aerodynamic Thule AeroBlades and the Whispbar crossbars. This gives the rack a much cleaner look, with less components exposed on the rack itself. Because of this, the rack becomes more aerodynamic and cuts down on the whistling and wind noise one would get with a conventional rack. At Cracks and Racks we have a variety of flush mounted options such as the Rocky Mounts LiftOps, The Thule Universal Ski Flat Tops and Pull Tops, and the Whispbar Snow Mount WB300.
-Note: If you already have one of these Thule Universal Ski and Snowboard racks, but without the Flush Mounting hardware, not to worry. You can buy the Thule Flush Mounting hardware on our website, www.cracksandrack.com
-Note: If you do not have Thule Aeroblades or Whispbars, but do have a Thule Universal Ski and Snowboard Rack that you want more flush to your Thule Load Bars, then you need the Thule Load Bar Flush Mount Ski Hardware.
-Note: The Thule 92726 Universal Pull Top Ski and Snowboard Rack does not work well with Whispbar Rack Systems beacause the curvature of the crossbar tends to bind the sliding mechanism.
Wednesday, August 5, 2015 7:54:22 AM America/Denver
There's been lots of talk about the factory installed crossbars on the 2010 and newer Subaru Outbacks. Conversation has generally centered around their ability to switch from a side-rail to a crossbar without any additional adapters. This is a convenient feature but does have some drawbacks.
The issue with these crossbars is that they are stationary and have a set distance between them. Plus the back hatch has a spoiler that points vertical when opened, causing fit problems for many accessories. Here at Cracks and Racks we have found that a select few options do work and are compatible with these factory crossbars.
****If you absolutely need crossbars with a wider bar spread on this vehicle there is a solution. Yakima has created the Landing Pad 12 and Landing Pad 13 to work in conjunction with the Yakima Control Tower and Yakima Round Bars to achieve that wider spread.****
Here are some photos of a recent install we did on the factory installed crossbars on the roof of a 2011 Subaru Outback. The cargo box pictured is the Yakima 7178 SkyBox 16s and the bike rack on the back is a Yakima 2426 Flipside Hitch Bike Rack (no longer available).
(Note: the Yakima Flipside is no longer available. The new option is the Yakima 2464 SwingDaddy, a much more user friendly version. The SwingDaddy also allows for access to the back hatch of the Subaru by swinging away completely and is designed to keep your bikes loaded on the rack while doing so, giving you more time to ride.
Thursday, July 30, 2015 7:53:08 AM America/Denver
The Whispbar Through Bar Rack System is probably as pretty as the Whispbar Flush Bar but definitely more functional with its extra bar hanging off each side. This is important when you need more crossbar real estate to carry additional accessories simultaneously and or to have some added tie-down spots.
Go Big or Go Home!! With this Q7 we mounted the Whispbar Through Bar and added a Yakima Sky Box 21 onto it. You can't get any more carrying capacity than the Sky Box 21 and it doesn't look too bad either. Space for the rear hatch to open all of the way is always a requirement when mounting a box and fortunately the Q7 allowed for that with even the largest of boxes. Like all Yakima Sky Boxes, the rear of the box is angled to mimic the design of the rear hatch of a vehicle, allowing the box to be mounted further back on the roof, without rear hatch interference. The end result is a being able to carry a larger cargo box without hanging over the windshield, yielding a much more aesthetically appealing look.
Monday, July 27, 2015 7:52:21 AM America/Denver
Note: The SoftRide 24232 Ski & Snowboard Rack is no longer an available product. However, there are other options for bike rack/ski rack combos for the hitch of your vehicle. Check out the Thule 9033 Tram. This ski rack is an accessory that fits over your arms of your hanging style Thule bike rack. This allows you to carry your skis and boards in the easily accessible rear of the vehicle, instead of having to get dirty by climbing up on the roof of your tall SUV. The Yakima 2418 Hitch Ski is also an option, but in our expert opinion it is not quite as nice or as functional as the Thule 9033 Tram.
People are ALWAYS asking us about putting skis on the back of their cars and quite honestly, there aren't many options. But, this is one of the better ones. The Softride 24232 Ski & Snowboard Rack when attached to either the Softride 26247 Dura 4 Bike Rack or the Softride 26321 Dura Assist Bike Rack carries skis and snowboards while allowing complete access to the back of the car or SUV while it's loaded.
Installation of the Ski & Snowboard Rack is a cinch. To attach, first slide out the Dura Bike Rack arms then slide in Ski/Snowboard Rack pieces and just like that you have converted a bike rack into a ski rack. It really is that easy.
The Softride Ski/Snowboard Rack attachment holds the skis at an angle which is ideal when it comes to garage clearance issues.
The Softide Ski Rack attachment has a lower opening that you slide the tails of your skis into, then they lay over into the upper clamp whichÂ closes snugly over the top portion of the skis, above the bindings.
The rack includes a lock at the clamp for a little extra piece of mind. If you have a tall vehicle, no roof rack, issues with garage clearance or just want a ski rack on the back of the car instead of the top, then the Softride 24232 Ski & Snowboard Rack is definitely one of your best options.
Tuesday, July 21, 2015 7:51:39 AM America/Denver
Thule's new ski racks, the Thule 92724, 92725, and 92726 now come equipped with the new SpeedLink Hardware. The SpeedLink hardware is easy to install, lockable with Thule's One Key System (included), and fits a broad range of crossbars, including factory installed crossbars, Whispbar Racks and the new Thule AeroBlade Crossbars.
What we have found is that the SpeedLink hardware - while functionally excellent - looks a bit chunky and awkward. Of course this is only our opinion, but when mounting to slotted crossbars like the Thule AeroBlade, Rapid Aero, and Whispbar crossbars, we think the install could look and function a little better. That is why we developed an original hardware kit that allows you to flush mount the ski rack to the crossbar by utilizing the T-channel on top of the bar.
This hardware works perfectly for the following Thule Ski Racks:
- Thule 92724
- Thule 92725
- Thule 92726
- Thule 724
- Thule 725
- Thule 91725 (requires drilling out old rivits)
- Thule 91724 (requires drilling out old rivits)
Note: Brand New Thule 92725 come with flush mount hardware included
This hardware works perfectly for the following Crossbar Styles:
- Thule AeroBlades
- Thule Rapid Aero Load Bars
- Whispbar Flush & Through Bars
- Thule 422XT Xporter Rack
- Thule 500XT Xporter Rack
- T-Channel, OEM Crossbars
You can download the instructions to installing our Flush Mount Ski Rack Hardware by clicking this link here --> Flush Mount Ski Rack Hardware Instructions
If you're not sure if this hardware kit will work with your ski rack or your rack system, please contact the shop and we'll help you make a good decision.
This hardware modification is not recommended for use with the Thule 92726, Thule 91726 or 726 because the natural curve present in the Thule AeroBlade Crossbars and Whispbar Racks will bind the slide-out mechanism. However, if mounting to Thule Xporter crossbars, or other OEM installed racks that have level crossbars, you will find adequate compatibility.
Tuesday, July 21, 2015 7:51:02 AM America/Denver
If you're looking to have a cargo box installed on the roof of your Mini Cooper, here are some photos to get some perspective on the size. The box in this photo is a Thule Atlantis 1600 - Black. It's installed on the OEM roof bars that the customer had installed at her Mini dealer.
Note: The Thule Atlantis 1600 is no longer available. There are a few new Thule boxes that will be similar to the size of the Atlantis 1600. The Thule 615 Pulse XL (16 cubic ft.), the Thule 625 Force XL (17 cubic ft.),Â the Thule 635 Sonic XL (17 cubic ft.).
Since the roof-line of the Mini is so small, we didn't really want to go with a much larger Thule Cargo Box.
Wednesday, June 10, 2015 7:50:16 AM America/Denver
It's easy to run out of space when you load up the kids and dogs and head out for a family vacation. That's why a cargo box works so well, and especially well on the roof of this 2010 Honda Odyssey.
We helped this customer choose a Yakima Sky Box 18 to fit his extra gear. With 18cu.ft. of space, this box has excellent carrying capacity without being excessively large on the roof.
As a bonus, like all of the Yakima Sky Box Cargo Boxes, this box opens from both sides of the vehicle. So on a vehicle such as this, with dual-sliding cargo doors, access to the box is easy regardless of how you load it and where you park it.
The base rack used on this Odyssey is the Yakima 0140 Railgrab Kit, which includes a set of 4 of the Yakima 0138 Railgrab towers and a set of Yakima 58" Roundbars. The extra bar you see sticking out will give this customer the ability to attach a couple of bike mounts in the future, if he elects to. The Yakima fit calls for 48" bars, so folks looking for a tighter fit will find that length to be sufficient.
Friday, June 5, 2015 7:49:34 AM America/Denver
Note: This rack system is no longer available. It has been updated using almost all different components. To create this same set up you will now need: Thule 460 Podium Foot Pack to replace the Tracker 430 Foot pack; Thule Fit Kit 3113 to replace the Thule TK13 Base; and Thule Load Bars which are the same. We mounted a Thule 430 Tracker Complete Rack System on a hard shell fiberglass tonneau cover. This cover happened to be mounted to the bed of a shiny new Ford F-150 Platinum Edition pick up truck. This setup was actually very easy to install, as it was nearly identical to mounting to a fiberglass camper top.
The first step to this installation was to figure out the positioning we wanted for the two crossbars. We needed to make sure that our installation would not interfere with the bed-rail of the truck when the tonneau was closed. Also, if we mounted our towers too far inside the tonneau cover then we would be installing through a double thick layer of fiberglass that consumed most of the center area of the tonneau.This customer wanted four Thule 517 Peloton (No longer available) bike racks added, but wanted us to keep the bike racks near the outside of the crossbars, so that loading and unloading was made as easy as possible. The most effective way to achieve this is to orient the inside bike racks backwards and the outside bike racks forwards.Â This enables the racks to be mounted closer together while avoiding handle bar and pedal interference. Note: Current bike rack options for this set up that are similar would be the RockyMounts PitchFork, or the Thule 527 Paceline.
One unique aspect of this installation that we needed to keep in mind is the clearance behind the backward facing bike trays. We didn't want them to hit the rear glass on the back of the cab and we also needed enough clearance to have them not hit the rear of the cab when the tonneau cover was raised.
Determining where the rear crossbar should be mounted was crucial to this key aspect of our installation. Once we determined how much space we needed for mounting the backward facing bike racks we could accurately measure and install our rear crossbar. Once the rear bar was mounted we then focused on the front bar. We opted to line up the rear of the tray on the forward facing bike racks with the back edge of the tonneau, giving it a nice symmetrical look. This put the front bar at 33" forward of the rear bar, which is a fine distance for mounting tray style fork mounted bike racks.
Now for the fun part!! drill the holes, and mount it up. With everything measured and marked this is really the easy part. The instructions tell you what size bit to use, starting with a 1/8" bit pilot hole and finishing with a 9/32" drill bit. Once the holes are drilled, spread some silicone around the holes (included in kit). Next assemble the bases by attaching the base pads and inserting the bolts and washers through holes.Â Once the TK Bases are positioned on the roof it is time to tighten them down. This is where another person can really be handy, one person on top turning the bolts and the other underneath holding or turning the nuts. Once tight, not too tight (when you hear fiberglass crunching, it's probably tight enough), you can set your towers and bars into the secured bases. Now adjust the crossbars so that there is an equal amount of bar extending out from each tower and tighten the small allen screw located on the side of the towers. This screw tightens the towers to the bars (not too tight on this one either). The last step is to pop on the end caps (included with the towers) and attach the bike racks.
Wednesday, June 3, 2015 7:48:43 AM America/Denver
At first glance the Nissan Cube seems petite, square, and kinda cool. After working on it for a half an hour, and after installing the Yakima Q-Tower Complete Rack Package and Yakima MegaWarrior Cargo Basket, The Crew at Cracks & Racks really started to like this car. So we decided to snap some pictures of the rack system and tell you a little about it.
This install was super easy following the instructions that come with the Q-Clips. With a crossbar spread of 31", we had a perfect prerequisite for attaching the Yakima 7080 MegaWarrior Cargo Basket.
This was the perfect size basket for the Nissan Cube. The size of the basket just plain fits the size of the car and the geometry of the basket compliments the overall theme of the Cube. Take a look for yourself!