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Published on June 2nd, 2012 | by Kira


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.

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Former neuroscientist, and now fashion photographer, Kira is a perfect fit for TrulyNet. She has a great understanding of what is hot, loves the new geeky toys, and has the academic background to be opinionated on it. Kira is well traveled, has lived in Australia and Canada for school. Loves the outdoors, biking, all types of art, and is completely obsessed with fashion and photographing it. She presently can be found in New York City at an art event, art gallery, museum, science talk, one of the NYC parks, a vegetarian friendly restaurant, a comic book store, or out getting bubble tea. She is a little obsessed with bubble tea.

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