Kuat Vagabond Preview

So my favorite initialized Filipino sends me a text last week asking if I have a roof rack. “I have an overly priced set of pipes named after a town in the Pacific Northwest on my car. Whas up?” I reply.

“A Kuat Vagabond came in, Google it.”

“A giant basket that makes my little commuter coupe look like a shopping cart sans handle? Sweet, I’m in.”

From Kuat’s website:

Features

  • 2 Bike Capacity (40lb bikes)
  • Flat Black Powder Finish
  • Fairing included
  • Mounts to all factory & aftermarket cross bars
  • Skewer mounts integrated from factory
  • 160 lb. capacity with bikes & gear
  • Up to 3 feet between cross bars.
  • Max crossbar size-4.5” wide by 1.75” thick
  • Weight-26lbs
  • Outside dims-52.5”x44”x5”
  • Inside dims-45.5”x41.5”x3.75”

 

So far in the 5 days it has overshadowed my car I have driven over half of SoCal with no issues. It’s built well and holds a ton, what more could you ask for? OK, you could ask for more details. Well, an in-depth review is coming. In the meantime, if you are broken down on the side of the road, give me a call. I’ll throw your car up in the Vagabond; it’s big enough and strong enough.

Cycle Simplex Tandem Roof Rack-First Impression

Our friends from Cycle Simplex sent us a tandem roof rack to hold my KHS Alite safely while I’m driving down the freeway.

This rack is no joke, heavy duty materials, powder coated, and its easy to use. Another great feature this rack offers is the ability to carry two bikes. Yes it can hold your tandem, but it also can hold an additional, normal sized bike right next to it. Sweet eh?

The rack holds your bike down by its cranks. Here, check out the picture below.

Once you have the bike secured onto the Cycle Simplex Rack, it’s not going anywhere!

Here’s another shot of how the bike is secured by hooking the crank arm.

Cycle Simplex offers a wide range of racks that start as low as $164. The model you see here only costs $269.00 and all of their racks can fit on factory roof racks as well as Yakima and Thule. Personally I use a Thule.

I’ll be testing this rack and reporting on it in the near future.
For more information, visit their website by clicking below
CycleSimplex-Bike racks for Recumbent, Tandem, Adult Trike and Regular Bikes