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Yakima FrontLoader Roof Bike Rack Review

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Review of the Yakima FrontLoader Roof Bike Rack


Today, we'll be taking a look at the Yakima FrontLoader Roof-Mounted Bike Rack, part number Y02103. This Yakima bike rack allows us to carry one bike on the roof of our vehicle safely and securely. It has a unique mounting system, which grabs our front tire, holds it in place by tightening this knob here. The universal clamping system allows it to fit around your round, square, aero, elliptical, and most factory roof rack systems. As you can see, I've got it around the Yakima round bars here today and has a nice secure fit. For our frontloader here, we've got an adjustable top wheel cradle, and that's going to accommodate anywhere from 20 to 29-inch wheel sizes, including your kid's bikes and your road bikes.

Simply undo this lever here and we then we can adjust it up and down. We've got a lever on both sides. Our wheel tray provides excellent support for our wheel tire and it's cut out in the center, which is going to allow dirt and debris to not get built up in the center. Our rear wheel strap uses a unique ratcheting system, so that we can make sure that our rear wheel is nice and secure while we're driving down the road. It comes with an integrating locking cable attached to the rear of our frontloader here. Simply undo it, can bring it through our tire, and lock it in place.

There's also a place in the front here for a locking core, so we can lock our lever in place. Those are going to be sold separately. Now, that we've gone over some of the features, I'll go ahead and show you how to install it. You want to make sure that both of our clamps are opened ready to receive our load bars. Now, let's go ahead and set it on our crossbars. Now, it's important to have a crossbar spread between 16 and 48 inches for this to safely work out, so we've got 28 inches here today.

We can go ahead and begin by setting our front clamp around our crossbar. We'll come up here to our handle upfront and tighten that down and it's going to squeeze the clamp to our crossbar underneath. Once we get that tightened, we can move on to the back. I'm going to go ahead and move the tire hold out of the way. That way I can adjust the rear clamps, so I'm going to lift up on the bike rack and slide it forward and set that evenly on the rubber pad here.

Now, we'll grab our clamp from before and back here you'll notice these 3 notches. This is so it makes it universal to work around whatever load bar you might have. We're going to go with the top notch there. Just put it in like this. You may have to pick up on the bike rack a little bit. No big deal. Just put that in place, set it back down, and swing it underneath. Then, we'll take our gun screw with the T on the bottom and push that through the clamp and turn it so it locks into place underneath the clamp like that. Now, we can tighten that down. No reason to over-tighten. Make sure it's nice and secure so it doesn't slide on our crossbars and we got it. Now, we're almost ready to load up our bike. We'll make sure that our rear strap is undone, just push on this button here and pull it out. If you can, just tuck it away or move it out of the way. For our frontloader, we'll need to make sure that the bottom portion of the tire hold is laying flat on the bike rack, and then if we need to check our tire size, we can just simply undo our latches here and adjust it. We already had that set up. We'll just move that back in place and secure that. All right. Now, we'll grab out bike and we'll come up. We'll set the front tire in first, and you'll want to roll it forward so that the bottom portion of our frontloader raises up and then we can set the rear tire down, making sure that our strap goes between our spokes, just like that. Now, with our tire in place, the only thing left to do is tighten down our red knob, and it's going to draw our frontloader together holding our tire in place. Now, let's tighten down our rear strap, and we're ready to hit the road. This is our test course. Let's start with the slalom. This shows side-to-side action, such as turning turning corners or evasive maneuvering. Then, on to our alternating speed bumps, this shows twisting action, such as hitting curbs, pot holes, road debris, or uneven pavement. Last of all, the solid speed bumps, this shows up-and-down action such as driving through a parking lot or parking garage or driving in and out of a driveway. That's going to complete our look at the Yakima FrontLoader Roof-Mounted Bike Rack, part number Y02103. .


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