For many of us, travelling with your bike(s) is a common experience. Whether you have to drive to the nearest trailhead or just enjoy road tripping to explore new riding zones, roof racks make it easy to load up and hit the road. However, none of the current offerings stabilize your bike side-to-side, allowing it to wobble left and right when you hit a pothole, make an evasive maneuver or head off road.
After a few unpleasant personal experiences with various bikes popping out of roof racks while travelling, multi-discipline rider Kris Pepper decided to employ his background in industrial design to solve the problem. Enter the BikeBar, an adjustable bar that provides lateral support to your roof-mounted bike, preventing any potential in-transit damage to your bike or vehicle.
Brace yourself and head past the break to check out the BikeBar’s design and setup…
The BikeBar’s main tube assembly is constructed with aluminum, and uses a 31.8mm quick-release to telescopically adjust its length. Rivets are used to ensure all connections stay tight, and since the product is entirely made of aluminum, rubber and stainless steel hardware, rust will never be a problem. The BikeBar’s rubber end caps and straps are ‘frame friendly’ and make it easy to fit to any bike frame, and anchor to any type of roof rail.
The BikeBar is designed to anchor your bike frame to a roof rail on the opposite side of the vehicle. However, if you don’t have a parallel rail on your rack (or built into your vehicle), their adapter creates an anchor point. It simply bolts onto your roof rack’s perpendicular support bar, and works for square or aero-shaped rails.
The BikeBar is currently in development via a Kickstarter campaign. Early bird supporters can purchase a BikeBar online for $75, and the product is slated to be manufactured in Philadelphia, PA. In the testing phase Pepper has driven over 2,000 miles with his BMX, cyclocross and all mountain bikes secured by the BikeBar. The one design element that will change before production is the straps and hooks, he’s currently sourcing stronger options for the final product.
Sometimes getting there is half the fun, but not if you’re worried about your bike flopping around during the drive. The BikeBar is designed to put your mind at ease, and allow you to focus on the road ahead… or plan your next ride! For more information, check out the BikeBar’s Kickstarter page.