Roof racks

General cycling advice ( NOT technical ! )
peetee
Posts: 1668
Joined: 4 May 2010, 10:20pm
Location: Cornwall

Roof racks

Postby peetee » 7 Jan 2020, 11:40pm

I have some very effective Elite cycle roof rack fittings that are fitted to conventional, old-fashioned rectangular section roof bars approx 20x30mm. However, having recently changed my car I need suitable feet and, possibly, adapters too. Although I really don't know, (my last car had roof rails) hence this post. The world of roof racks is all very confusing these days with heavy duty, aero section, lockable options, etc etc.
Anyone know if these things can still be found ?
Current status report:
Back on two wheels in deepest Pastyland and loving every minute. Mission: to enjoy big, bad hills again.

tim-b
Posts: 1158
Joined: 10 Oct 2009, 8:20am

Re: Roof racks

Postby tim-b » 8 Jan 2020, 7:37am

Hi
I'd try a specialist company, e.g. https://www.roofbox.co.uk/roof-bars/. I think that you probably want roof bars, as opposed to a roof rack, but companies like these should be able to sort something out for you
Regards
tim-b
~~~~¯\(ツ)/¯~~~~

Jdsk
Posts: 123
Joined: 5 Mar 2019, 5:42pm

Re: Roof racks

Postby Jdsk » 8 Jan 2020, 10:25am

I'd decide what sort of locking I wanted, study the Halfords website, then take the rack and the car there and ask. But I might miss out the second of those. NB discount for Members of Cycling UK and frequent offers... and you can use both at once.

Jonathan

User avatar
TrevA
Posts: 2268
Joined: 1 Jun 2007, 9:12pm
Location: Nottingham

Re: Roof racks

Postby TrevA » 8 Jan 2020, 6:48pm

Halfords do a good selection of roof racks. You may find that you can still get a rectangle section rack and transfer your bike fittings across. I luckily just need a foot kit the last time I swapped cars. Still cost £50 though!
A cart horse trapped in the body of a man.
http://www.jogler2009.blogspot.com

peetee
Posts: 1668
Joined: 4 May 2010, 10:20pm
Location: Cornwall

Re: Roof racks

Postby peetee » 9 Jan 2020, 9:48am

Thanks for all the advice.
Current status report:
Back on two wheels in deepest Pastyland and loving every minute. Mission: to enjoy big, bad hills again.

User avatar
Mick F
Spambuster
Posts: 47792
Joined: 7 Jan 2007, 11:24am
Location: Tamar Valley, Cornwall

Re: Roof racks

Postby Mick F » 9 Jan 2020, 12:55pm

The rack we have for our Toyota Yaris came from the Toyota dealer.
Not very expensive at all, but we know it fits properly and is designed for the car by the manufacturer. Our car is still under Toyota warranty even though it's getting on for six years old.

I wouldn't hesitate to go back to them if I wanted a cycle fitting for it.
Mick F. Cornwall

peetee
Posts: 1668
Joined: 4 May 2010, 10:20pm
Location: Cornwall

Re: Roof racks

Postby peetee » 9 Jan 2020, 3:55pm

Unfortunately the rails designed for my car by VW are much too large a section to accommodate the cycle carriers I have.
Current status report:
Back on two wheels in deepest Pastyland and loving every minute. Mission: to enjoy big, bad hills again.

User avatar
RickH
Posts: 4748
Joined: 5 Mar 2012, 6:39pm
Location: Horwich, Lancs.

Re: Roof racks

Postby RickH » 9 Jan 2020, 8:30pm

Depending on how the carrier bolts on to the square bars you may be able to adapt it to fit on more modern bars that use a slide on fitting. I have some old Thule carriers that originally used a U shaped bolts (x3) each with 2 "nuts". I found I could replace the Us with single bolts (with the same threads so could use the original nuts) with a large square head that slides into the track on the top of newer roof bars. They aren't expensive. I think Halfords may do the adapters but I got ours online (can't remember where at the moment) at the same time as getting new bars & fiitings.