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Thule Tandem Roof Mounted Bike Rack - Pivoting Design - Fork Mount - for Tandem/Recumbent Bikes

Thule Tandem Roof Mounted Bike Rack - Pivoting Design - Fork Mount - for Tandem/Recumbent Bikes

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This special rack allows easy, one-person tandem loading with its unique pivoting fork mount design. It is also versatile, and converts to carry conventional and recumbent bikes. Lowest Prices for the best roof bike racks from Thule. Thule Tandem Roof Mounted Bike Rack - Pivoting Design - Fork Mount - for Tandem/Recumbent Bikes part number TH558P can be ordered online at etrailer.com or call 800-298-8924 for expert service.
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Thule Roof Bike Racks - TH558P

  • Fork Mount
  • Thule
  • Square Bars
  • Round Bars
  • Recumbent Bike
  • Tandem Bike
  • Disc Brake Compatible
  • Locks Not Included
  • Clamp On - Standard
  • Black
  • Aluminum

This special rack allows easy, one-person tandem loading with its unique pivoting fork mount design. It is also versatile, and converts to carry conventional and recumbent bikes.


  • Unique pivoting fork mount design enables easy one-person loading
  • Rear tray can be removed so that you can carry conventional bikes
    • Removal of tray also provides clearance for trunk or rear hatch
  • Tray is constructed of aluminum and comes with long-lasting, stainless steel hardware
  • Fits bikes with disc brakes


  • Capacity: 1 bike
  • Tray length: 75"
  • Required crossbar spread: minimum 24"
    • Fits Thule square and Yakima crossbars
      • Will not work with Thule Rapid Aero, AeroBlade or Xsporter bars
      • Not compatible with factory installed roof racks
  • Limited lifetime warranty

Now you don't have to ride your tandem to where you really want to ride it. With its pivoting fork mount, Thule's tandem carrier makes it easy for one person to load. This versatile rack will also accommodate standard and recumbent bikes.

TH558P Thule Fork Mount Tandem Recumbent Roof Mounted Bike Rack

Installation Details TH558P Installation instructions

Video of Thule Tandem Roof Mounted Bike Rack - Pivoting Design - Fork Mount - for Tandem/Recumbent Bikes

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Video Transcript for Thule Roof Bike Racks - Fork Mount - TH558P Review

Today we are going to show you part number TH558P from Thule. This is Thules tandem carrier, pivoting model. And what this carrier does is, it mounts on the very end of your roof-rack bars and what it does is, it allows you to load up either a long, recumbent bike or a tandem bicycle. And what happens is, you put your bicycle on the vehicle at a 90-degree angle first, lock it into place with the front fork skewer, and then just push the rest of this bike onto the back of this carrier. We will go ahead and show you the components. We will cover some of the parts that are involved in the kit.

First off, this is your skewer right here that is what actually clamps down on your fork to hold the bike into place. Next we have these two bars here these work as a clamp with the rack itself. It goes underneath and clamps to your existing roof-rack bars. And also your bar adapters, these plastic pieces here. And also there is a strap right here. Basically what this does is, it helps keep your handlebars straight on your bicycle while you are loading it up. Now obviously this is the carrier itself here this is the main component. You can actually use it for a single-person bicycle. But if you are going to use it for a tandem, then this boom right here is added onto the very end of it to extend it out to carry a tandem bicycle. All right, and this is the pivot point for the bicycle itself. It is held in place by a simple snap pin.

Once you take the pin out, this will actually rotate out so you can load your bicycle at an easy 90-degree angle. At this point we can go ahead and start partial assembly of the bicycle rack. We will start off with adding the skewer to the front here. It installs just like that. And we will leave it loose. We will go ahead and put it back in straight and then flip it over. There is some hardware that gets installed on the bottom half with one of the clamps. One of the short carriage bolts gets installed into that track, and one of the clamp plates goes on top. Then you install the flat washer and the nut. You want to leave this loose because you have to adjust this to match the width of your roof rack. Match up your first half and then reinstall the pin. That is about all we can do for now. Let us go ahead and get the roof rack itself ready.

The blocks simply stretch and slide over the bar. And we are going to cover the tower here, just to make sure we have it as close to the edge as possible. And that way all the weight is on the tower, too. Next we will lay one of the clamp plates on top of the blocks on the front rail and just loosely install the hardware. All right, now we ready to install the carrier itself. Two tabs on the carrier will mount on these holes here, and then the rear part of the carrier, the part we slid onto the bottom, will mount up onto the rear bar. Again, just loosely install the washers and nuts. Once you get everything loosely installed, go ahead and take a few seconds to straighten it out. Make sure it is in a straight line with the vehicle. At that point, you can go ahead and start tightening down all the hardware. Watch that you do not get tangled up here.

All right, we have got our rack fully installed we are ready to go. Let us go ahead and install a tandem bicycle and give you a better idea of how it works. And also, as you can see, this bicycle rack comes complete with a strap to hold the handlebars straight while you load the bike onto your bicycle rack. The strap attaches to the handlebars on both sides, right here and right here. And, depending on how the brake lever and the different types of handlebars are out there, you will probably do these a little bit differently each time. And the other half goes down to the seat post. And this buckle in the middle here actually does all the tightening. OK, let us go ahead and install this on a bicycle rack and give you a better idea of how it looks.We will start off with the front wheel off the bike. And then we will put it on the front fork mount, where it swivels away from the vehicle. Just tighten down the forks. All right, we have got our bike in place. We will go ahead and put our safety pin back in the front so it will not swivel any more. This strap here you just simply wrap it around itself around the beam. This is only being used for a regular single bike. All right, and there you have it for part number TH558P from Thule.

Customer Reviews

Thule Tandem Roof Mounted Bike Rack - Pivoting Design - Fork Mount - for Tandem/Recumbent Bikes - TH558P

Average Customer Rating:  4.7 out of 5 stars   (3 Customer Reviews)

This special rack allows easy, one-person tandem loading with its unique pivoting fork mount design. It is also versatile, and converts to carry conventional and recumbent bikes.

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I have ordered several products from etrailer.com, always with the same prompt delivery and email followup. I installed the Thule gutter foot mounts and rails on a 1995 Geo Tracker which we tow behind our motorhome. I have used a Draftmaster tandem bike rack for several years, but the drawback is the bike gets covered with road grime especially during rain storms. The Thules roof mounted rack should limit the amount road grime while we are on the road. I don't know this for fact, but I think the Thule roof mounted tandem rack is probably made by ATOC, the manufacturer of the Draftmaster and Tandem Topper. The Thule rail is made in the USA and there was Seattle newpapers pages stuffed in the Thule box as packing. I have visited the ATOC shop in Lynnwood, WA and like their products. 569215

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Got everything put together and it looks great. Going to be a nervous first trip on the highway but hopefully everything is good to go. 86890

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Second order from etrailer- happy with service and quick delivery 7839


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    Besides the Thule Tandem Roof Mounted Bike Rack, # TH558P, which is designed for tandem bikes, I also have the Yakima SideWinder Roof Mounted Tandem Bike Carrier, # Y02071. This bike rack is similar to the Thule rack. Both of the bike racks can be attached to round Yakima crossbars or square Thule crossbars. Both of the bike racks are one person loading racks. The Thule rack has the rear tire on the bike sit in a wheel tray and the Yakima rack has a padded cradle that attaches to the...
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    The correct replacement fork skewer for the Thule roof-mount Tandem Bike Rack # TH558P is their part # 8535256. The other skewers you referenced, parts # TH535SKR and # 752-0943-001, are not recommended for the Tandem, according to my contact at Thule. ThruRide Fork Adapter # TH535SKR is not a fit for the Tandem at all and skewer # 752-0943-001 has not been tested with the Tandem.
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  • Replacement Skewer Assembly for Thule Tandem Roof Mounted Bike Rack TH558P
    Thule does offer a Replacement Skewer for their Tandem Roof Mounted Bike Rack # TH558P. The part number for the skewer is # 8535256.
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