Published on June 2nd, 2012 | by Kira0
Rocky Mounts: Lets Get On The Road Again
TrulyNet bikers mostly use our bikes to get from A to B, but that doesn’t mean we don’t enjoy a beautiful ride outside the city. With the summer just about here, I am eager to get out on my bike as much as possible and I am hoping that will involve more than biking around Brooklyn.
I am a pretty good cyclist, but I am not about to bike all the way to a park outside the city for retreats from the busy Manhattan streets. Lucky for me the Rocky Mounts TieRod (in snazzy green) came to my rescue. The Rocky Mounts TieRod is a sleek, low profile, bike rack for the top of your car. It comes in black, silver, red, blue, yellow, orange, green, white or pink, meaning you can decide to have it accessorize your car or blend in by matching up the colors.
The TieRod is quick and easy to attach to pretty much every car roof rack, it took us about 15 minutes. Rocky Mounts claims that it will attach to 99% of the elliptical and factory crossbars on the market- all I know is that we did not have a problem. A word of warning, if you have a smaller car with a hatchback the Tierod may impede or limit the opening of the hatch. You can remove the end cap to reduce the length of the rod, but this does not always solve the problem.
The TieRod easily attaches to the crossbars in the front and the back of a car using the included wrench in the front to tighten the straps and the two wing nut bolts in the back. Everything is completely adjustable for your particular crossbars and car.
The one part that is a little finicky is the Rocky Mounts locking skewer, this is the piece that holds the front part of the bike in place (without the front tire). This has to be tightened just right for your individual bike, but once this has happened you can leave it and it will remain calibrated for your bike. This makes it very easy to put on and take off your bike after the initial set up. And, of course, like most bike mounts and racks, it works pretty well across different sizes of frames and types of bikes.
The back strap that secures the rear tire is the final part of the TieRod. It is a simple adjustable strap that does the trick. We found that even while driving over 65mph my bike was very secure and did not move an inch, which is good, because I would have cried if anything happened to her… I mean, it.
Speaking of anything happening to my bike, you can purchase a Lock Core pack to fully secure the bike. This is a pack of two lock cores and keys that goes into the front of the rack. For some reason these do not come with the TieRod. For the extra $20, I do not understand why Rocky Mounts did not just include them with the TieRod and adjust the price accordingly. Either way, these American exceptionally well-made racks are quite the steal at $135, which is quite a bit less than many competitors.