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Old 04-14-2008, 12:41 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Canoe + 2 bikes on the roof?????

I'll have to check the weight limits but am wondering if anyone has carried a canoe and one or two bicycles on a roof rack? I'm thinking of one of the roller racks for a canoe, then the wheel-clamp bicycle racks so I can leave the wheels on the bikes.

I'll have to check the widths as well to see if it's even feasible. I don't have the canoe yet, currently shopping around, so I don't know the actual canoe width yet. Bicycles will be either road or MTB. I'd like to be able to have the bikes racked and still be able to offload the canoe, which is why I'm thinking of the roller style rack.

I just started helping part time at a bicycle shop so I'll be playing around with options there, but in the mean time I was wondering if anyone else has already done this on an OutbackWagon.

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Answering and talking to myself here, I just went out at lunch with a tape measure and it looks like the stock roof rails are on approx. 36" width centers, and it looks like I can go out to a 44" width before getting into head banging territory.

I was thinking the width of the bicycles would be above the canoe if I position the crankarms up on the inside and secure them with a strap of some sort so they don't spin and whack the canoe. I'm thinking I might be able to mount the bicycle rails outboard of the roof rails with the canoe racking between them. I think I'm going to have to mock this up, or see of the bike shop gets a customer returned rack in for me to play with.

I'm off to measure some canoe widths tonight.
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if nothing is working out, maybe consider a hitch bike rack?
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I've got a Yakima rack. The fitment page suggests 48" bars, I'm using 58" with no head clearance issues at all (I'm 6'2"). Two bikes and a canoe/kayak are no problem.
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i did 2 kayaks and 2 bikes, so you should be good as long as you have big bars, but your highway mpg goes bye bye
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I'm in the process of fitting my 16' long, 4' wide canoe, will post here wen I'm done. I just extended my rola roof bin, and will be fitting my gunwale grabbing brackets tomorrow. The canoe will take up all of my roof space, the bike will have to go out back.... heheh, outback.
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so, here we are:


What you see is a modified Rola roof rack, a tie down in the front, and an example of the tie downs I'll use in the rear.... and a 130lb canoe. It's not tied down, those yellow cords are attached to weights being used as plumb bobs.

The front tie down is a bracket and a link of chain, bolted to the front support. I'm going to look into mounting verticals on the rear mounts so that bikes can be hung back there.
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