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In my never ending quest for a decent roof rack, I am wondering if anybody has successfully fit a Thule Crossroads feet in the small gap in the rails? I saw a photo in the Outback Turbo forum of a user using Yakima Q-towers in the rail gap, but am wondering if anybody has tried Thule?

I have some old Thule bike carriers (ones that will NOT fit a Yakima crossbar) so I'm kind of limited unless I get a new bike carrier. I am dissappointed with the cheap one from Rocky Mounts, it mounts fine to the crossbars but the way the carrier tray mounts to the steel head is very suspect, IMO. It sways too much to my liking.

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Maybe I'm being a sort of devil's advocate here ... but doesn't anyone carry their bike(s) inside the wagon instead of on it?

When I was car-shopping in 1998, one criterion was that there must be enough room to fit a bike in it and close the hatch. I already had an Escort that could not do this, and before that a Pontiac Phoenix (sister to Chevy Citation) that could.

I can understand how you might not be able to put bikes in the shell when you have people and gear, but sometimes to my eye it looks like Maximum Wiffleball when I see bikes on a roof. The larger the vehicle, the funnier it is. It makes me
wonder, "you got all that truck and you can't even put a bike in it?"

At the Detroit Auto Show, they had an H2 with a bike rack on the roof. You'd need a crane to get bikes on and off of there.

Demon Voice but then space is tight in those little things, they couldn't even put the spare tire inside.
 

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Why not get a trailer hitch and use a hitch mounted bike rack? Much easier to put the bikes on...i.e. no overhead lifting. I've got one and wouldn't consider anything else...and, oh, by the way, it easily folds down for entry to the rear hatch.
 

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Putting bikes inside the vehicle is not always ideal, not because it wouldn't fit, but how would one get to it or other stuff? When I went to Maine on July 4th, I had my road bike, my sea kayak, camping gear, hiking gear, cycling gear. I had a boat load of stuff in my car and even though my bike would still fit on top or on bottom of the gear, I can't imagine trying to get at anything with the bike in there!

As far as a rear hitch, yeah I could do that, but I already have the rooftop rack because they don't make a hitch mounted Kayak carrier!!!! So I definitely need a roof rack and not a hitch mounted carrier.

I might just head out to Campmor and actually see if they'd let me look at a demo model and see if it fits...

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A rear hitch is great until you get rear ended and your $3000 MTB is toast. I want my bikes on top because I know my insurance is not going to let me replace my old MTB with the one of my dreams or an equally priced NEW MTB!
 

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Is there a reason that you want to put them in the gap only. I have the Thule Crossroads on my 2002 OBSport and am really happy with them. Carries 2 bikes and a box no problem. The strap is fairly skinny, so it might fit anyways. Hope this helps.
 

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The_Lizard said:
Maybe I'm being a sort of devil's advocate here ... but doesn't anyone carry their bike(s) inside the wagon instead of on it?

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Well, to do this you have to be either quite short and have a tiny bike, or really dissasemble the bike. I assume you mean doing a fork-type mount in the rear of the wagon so the bike remains upright and you can fit two in. This is impossible without removing your seatpost -- which would be fine on my mountain bike because I'm not to picky about seatpost height, but god forbid someone touches the seatpost on my roadbike - it took forever to get it to the perfect level..! If you have a mountain bike, this also may require moving your handle bars around to fit two bikes in. Finally, when and if you get your bikes in a mounted - there goes all of your cargo room! Not to mention if your mountain biking, your probably putting a muddy mucked up bike in there half of the time. I had a nissan Xterra for a while, which really touted the internal bike rack system.. it sucked though, for the above reasons, and I eventually got the Thule 'rapid railing' rack for the factory crossbars, and was really happy. I definatly think the most efficient and easiest thing to do is get either a roof or hitch mounted system. The only downside to the roof system is the added noise and decreased gas mileage, but it is my favorite way to go.
 

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I did go with the crossroads and 58" crossbars recently.

The reason I want to put them in the "gap" in the front so my kayak doesn't have so much a rear overhang in the back. My previous car, a BMW sedan was good cause my the sedan's mounting of the crossracks was more forward than the factory setup in the wagon. But if I put one of the crossbars in the front gap, I can move the back crossbar up and have less of an overhang. My sea kayak has a cockpit length of 30" so I try to set the crossbars separation to that length and some more (coaming) so my straps on my J-carrier stradle the cockpit of my kayak.

I should be able to fit 3 more bike carriers or another J-carrier and 2 fork mounted bike carriers on the crossbars now.

A Roof rack is my ONLY option because of my need to carry sea kayaks.

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OK, I just installed the rack before my bike tour to Maine so I haven't been kayaking in a bit. And now with the Charley causing rain and crap, it might be a bit before I get out there. Stick to hiking and biking for now. I haven't even put my J-carriers back on the new rack but when I do, I'll try to remember to take a photo of it.

I have a 14' Impex Mystic and on my BMW, it would only have about 1foot overhang of the rear and I could see it in the front windshield. With the stock rack on my OBW, I could not see the kayak in the front windshield unless I peaked under and there was a much longer overhang in the back.

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Sorry again for the late reply, I haven't been kayaking since like Mid July, as I've been out long distance bike touring and a recent backpacking trip to the White Mtns...

But I got out for a short stint on a local lake of mine and afterwards, I took this picture of my Outback 2.5XT with my 14' Impex Mystic (and Thule Crossroads) on it. Has about a 2.5' overhang but much better than before...

Jay
 
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