Thule Heritage Clip

“The ‘Thule Heritage Movie’ is a celebration of the journey from the first launch of Thule roof racks in 1962 until today.” It’s a fun, cruise through time.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ByW0MKXZKbg

Fun facts:
– Produced during three intense days
– All actors are Thule employees and children of employees
– It’s filmed in areas around the Hillerstorp office and factory and in the city and surroundings of Malmö, near the Thule Group HQ

– More than 70 people took part in the production
– All cars, roof racks, clothes, accessories, and props are authentic products from the 8 different time periods

Thank You.
You Inspire Us.
#thule #bringyourlife

 

Thule Chasm Duffel Bags

I am obsessed with travel bags and organization personally – so naturally, I can really appreciate (and nerd out about) a great gear bag when I see one!

Thule’s Chasms are just that! They are ideal for just about anything.  They are my companion out on the boat in the summer for life jackets, sunscreen and towels, hauling around my camping bedding and clothes out in the bush, packing around muddy bike gear and transporting my family’s snowboard gear to and from the hill.

They’re pefect for road trips – big and small, weekend getaways or larger scale travel. These rugged duffel bags stand up to the test of life and I can attest to that.

I have been using Thule duffel bags since the first generation ‘load n’ go’ days and have seen the progression over the years, which is pretty amazing.

Check out all the details on Thule’s website at  https://www.thule.com/en-ca/ca/luggage/thule-chasm-collection or see the main features below.

  • Easy access to contents through oversized, wide mouth opening
  • Can be carried in two ways: as a backpack or a duffel
  • Protects contents from the elements and folds for easy storage due to the durable and waterproof tarpaulin fabric
  • Keeps gear organized and contained with internal mesh pockets
  • Easy to prevent contents from falling to the bottom of the bag in backpack mode thanks to external compression straps
  • Padded bottom protects your gear from the ground
  • Lockable, zippered side pocket keeps small items secure and within reach
  • Quick access to smaller items through external stash pocket

One key feature that didn’t make the short list, which I notice every time I use these bags and what I look for in any quality bag. The zippers.

They now come in four colourways to suit every taste – Cobalt, Roarange, Bluegrass and Black. The different colours are great for differentiating who’s gear is who’s – or for me, what I’m storing inside… as once my snowboard gear is dry – it goes neatly back into my bag so I don’t forget a thing!

They’re available in four convenient sizes, depending on how much gear you’re hauling:  40L, 70L, 90L and 130L, the smallest of which is carry-on size!
They make a great addition to any adventure lifestyle – or if you’re a collector like me… you can never have too many bags. They also make for a great gift – or so my family and friends tell me to my face! Hey, it’s not a toaster!

Yakima Rack n’ Roll 66″ Trailer Build

The Yakima Rack n Roll 66″ Trailer: Build and Review.

5-star quality, refined, functional and sleek as hell!

The 66″ in the name refers to the width of the round crossbar bar it comes equipped with (as they do a 78″ as well.)

It comes with a manual outlining the complete setup. The instructions are pretty simple and the task is easy to accomplish even solo. They say it takes about 20 minutes, but I’d bank on it taking slightly longer than that. Then again I take my time when assembling and installing anything so I get it just right.

Basic hand tools are required for assembly. But also something the average person may not have in their garage…. a torque wrench – as all the bolts are required to be tightened to specification for safety. You will also need a tire pressure gauge and pump to ensure proper inflation of the tires before operation.

It is a versatile and lightweight multi-sport trailer that is compatible with class I, II or III+ hitches and basic electrical. So you can tow it with just about anything.

Optimum height to the top of the hitch ball is 22″ to keep your trailer level with the towing vehicle. That being said drawbars for various drop and rise distances are available in a variety of styles and capacities. Any hitch shop will be able to help you choose the best components for accommodate you.

The only thing I added to this setup was a coupler pin, not included. It basically keeps the coupler in the engaged position, for safety. These pins are a buck or two. You can also get a coupler lock instead of a pin if you so choose.

The trailer comes with two cross members, two side rails, one center rail, suspension, wheels, fenders, lights, reflectors, hubcaps, a standard tongue with 2″ coupler, grab handle, two safety chains, flat 4 electrical as well as all necessary safety pins, license plate bracket, locks and hardware to put it all together.

Accessories that are sold separately, but that I  recommend – are the safety pole, kickstand and 5 spoke spare. These three add-ons make the trailer easier to use, park, load and of course a spare tire is never a bad idea.

The safety pole can be mounted around the round bar, or into the t-track of the accessory cross member or the t-slot of the side rail of the trailer and comes with both sets of hardware. The kickstand should be installed before you insert the tongue into the trailer itself and the hardware comes pre-assembled… it just requires proper positioning and tightening of the Phillips head screws and nuts. The spare can either be mounted on the tongue or under the cross member of the trailer itself and also comes with the appropriate t-track hardware and a hub cab.

The kickstand keeps the trailer level for loading and storage, which is a nice feature. The grab handle by the safety chains on the tongue, shown above is also super handy for wheeling the trailer around. The trailer itself only weighs 150 lbs with no gear on it so you can detach it from your vehicle and use as a hand-cart for better maneuverability.

The wheels are reversible and can be mounted in whichever direction you prefer. I chose to put the writing on the inside as it looks better. They come with locks to secure the wheel block assemblies to the swingarm of the trailer. These wheel blocks can be removed in seconds, along with the tongue – for quick and easy verticle storage. If you have some garage space (HA!) it can be stored nicely out of the elements in your parking stall. It can also be stored on a garage wall in a space less than 6′ x 6′ once the tongue, wheels and accessories come off.

On the back of the trailer, you’ll find integrated wheels similar to that on a rollerblade so you can glide the trailer around opposed to lifting it everywhere you need to go, which makes moving it around a breeze!

The suspension offers 4″ of travel for a smooth ride and the shocks come preassembled, as does the swingarm – so just unfold and connect with the supplied safety pin, bolts, washers, castle nuts and cotter pins.

The electrical is plug and play – so no splicing and dicing wiring, guesswork or diagrams. It even has clips pre-attached to hold the connectors to the main frame of the trailer. There is a main flat 4 disconnect for easy tongue removal as well, shown in the picture below, under the spare tire mount.

The trailer is equipped with stylish LED tail and marker lights as well as necessary reflectors front and rear for good visibility.

    

It comes with aluminum crossbar tower mounts that can be positioned anywhere from a 4″ to 4′ span. For this build, I chose to mount them directly over the cross members for strength and aesthetics. Also, this customer is using it for kayaks and bikes so we have to choose a happy medium between the two types of gear being transported.

We have outfitted the trailer with 2 sets of Yakima Jaylows for the kayaks. They fold flat when not in use and offer tool-free install with 2 wing nuts per J. They stand the kayaks up on their sides to save space and come with all necessary tie downs. They are compatible with round, square and aero (oval) bars.

For the bikes, we opted for the Yakima Frontloader. They are upright bike racks, which can hold mountain as well as road bikes – with no frame contact. They are universal in fitment and super easy to load. They too lay flat when not in use.

We also added locks to each carrier, one per Jaylow and two per Frontloader to keep the accessories locked to the crossbar as well as the bikes lockable to the bike rack. Yakima uses what they call an SKS lock core system, meaning this customer has 8 cylinders for their accessories, but they all match the same key. Down the road, spare keys are available if required and any additional accessory purchased can be matched to his existing key number as well.

 

All of Yakima’s recreational accessories are covered by a lifetime limited warranty against defects, so if you look after your things – you have peace of mind that your products will be with you as long as you desire

The trailer itself is covered by a 1-year warranty against defects and comes lockable but not in the SKS line at this point. Running changes are constant so potentially that will be something down the road they will look into. Stay tuned.

 

AIR REC CENTER

We came across this on pinkbike and thought we’d share!

I’m blown away! Props to this young businessman. So inspiring what he’s done, in a real estate market that young people can barely afford a roof over their head.

If you’re in the Maple Ridge location – you should check this place out for sure, in support.

Follow your dreams!

 https://www.pinkbike.com/news/the-person-and-story-behind-the-air-rec-center-indoor-bike-park-video.html

https://www.airreccenter.com

Silver Star Passes – available at Road Racks!

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Road Racks is now offering vouchers for alpine day passes at Silver Star Mountain Resort!

Call or email ahead and order yours today! And no payment is required until pickup.

E. roadracksbc@gmail.com P. 250.762.2110 T.F. 877.762.7225 (RACK)

A quick pit stop on the way to the hill to grab your printed vouchers could save you some coin…  Approximately $30 for a family of 4!?

Adult (19-64) Regular Price $96 + gst – Road Racks Price $88 + gst ($8 savings per pass)

Senior (65+) Regular Price $79 + gst – Road Racks Price $73 + gst ($6 savings per pass)

Youth (13-18) Regular Price $77 + gst – Road Racks Price $70 + gst ($7 savings per pass)

Child (6-12) Regular Price $50 + gst – Road Racks Price $46 + gst ($4 savings per pass)

Take our printed voucher in for redemption at the Silver Star ticket office to receive your day pass.

Don’t forget your trail map!

Our hours of operation are 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Saturday, excluding holidays! This year we are open Saturday the 23rd and the 27th through the 30th.

Let it snow!!!

Thule – ACTIVE WITH KIDS.

Thule, synonymous with roof racks… YES, but they are so much more than that!

They now offer luggage, backpacks, bike bags & racks, laptop, tablet & phone cases, camera bags & cases and of course – their active with kids products.

Under the active with kids umbrella they have strollers, bike trailers, child bike seats and child carrier backpacks!

In typical Thule fashion they strive for perfection and top quality in every aspect of the brand – that’s why they can offer a limited lifetime warranty, on almost everything they sell – and this category of products is no different. They have approached the Active With Kids lineup, the very same way they’ve tackled the rest of their lines.

They really aim to please with their products’ ease of use, features and available accessories! Let’s be serious – Who doesn’t love accessories!?

Offering up 5 trailers to choose from, starting at $350 and ranging up to $1100 – you’re bound to find one that fits your budget, taste and purpose. The price depends on features and how well equipped each unit is, right out of the box.

Walk, bike, jog or ski!!

They have attachments for each sport and then some; infant slings, consoles, bunting bags, cargo racks, hydration cages, brakes, locks, adapters – the list goes on. Some common features include easy folding for storage, 5 point harnesses, single or double seat and detachable wheels for easy transport! Plus they come in an assortment of fun and funky colour ways and styles to choose from.

They are the ideal companion for the active family; Offering versatility, quality and function. If you have an outdoorsy lifestyle AND little ones, these trailers are the perfect solution for you. You get to keep your hobbies and   #bringyourlife, with ease on your next adventure. Making memories and family fun in the great outdoors, doesn’t get any easier.

We purchased the Coaster XT 2 years ago and it’s been great! My son loves it! He gets his helmet on and climbs in every time he sees it – ready – set- go for adventure.

Now they have the Chariot Cross, Chariot Lite and Chariot Cheetah XT with a new look, juiced up features, more streamlined look, more compact for storage, more accessories including a ski attachment!

I think it’s time for an upgrade!

Come down to see the Chariot Lite in bluegrass – 4 activities, 4 seasons, 1 carrier… before I take it home! 

 

https://www.thule.com/en-us/ca/bike-trailers/multisport-trailers?q=DRPakJ6Ex

 

Choosing the Right Rack for your Gear – The Pros and Cons.

Choosing the Right Rack for your Gear…

Great, I have crossbars – now what?

There are a variety of options available for you to transport your winter gear to and from your destination.

They make a rack for everybody… whether you are primarily concerned with price, storage, garage clearance, largest capacity possible… knowing what those options are is half the battle.

We have cargo boxes from Yakima and Thule as well as scissor racks from Yakima, Thule and Rhino-Rack all on display at the shop for you to touch and feel. But most people prefer to do their initial research online so they know what they’re looking at once they get down to the store.

The selection process can be daunting but we are here to help you determine what best suits your needs.

Let’s get started with the pros and cons of each…

Cargo Boxes

The Pros:

  • Keeps your gear safe – out of sight, out of mind, from sticky fingers.
  • Automotive finish that compliments your ride.
  • Available in multiple colours – matte black, gloss black, gloss titanium and white.
  • Versatile, you can use it for pretty well anything!
  • Tailor fit – different length, width and height combinations for a perfect match.
  • +/- 11 cubic foot options up to +/- 22 cubic foot options available.
  • Available in a variety of styles – shorter and wider for just luggage or long and narrow, offset to one side for nordic skis up to +/- 220 cm.
  • Low profile options at around 12″ tall for garage clearance.
  • Secure – with 3 latch points per side.
  • Single Key and One Key compatible, so you can match the keys to other Thule or Yakima products you have.
  • Lifetime warranty.
  • Internal tie downs on some models.
  • Internal ribs on some models.
  • Steel cross-braces to help support the nose on some models.
  • Dual side entry on MOST models.
  • Easy open lever instead of key actuated mechanism for opening and closing on most models.
  • Spring hinges/dual force struts for easy entry, both sides.
  • L.E.D. lights inside some models.
  • Steel support rods built into the bases on some models.
  • Universal fitment to round, square, factory and ‘aero’ aftermarket crossbars.
  • Installs in minutes, with adjustable mounting hardware.
  • Lightweight ABS construction to keep weight down, so you can maximize gear load.
  • Buy the box, get the install for free – no additional components required.

The Cons:

  • Large object to store for people with limited space.
  • Can be a bit pricey starting at +/- $500 and going up to around +/- $1200.
  • Garage parking on larger vehicles can sometimes be tricky.
  • Hatch clearance can leave your options slim if you have nordic or even sometimes alpine skis.

Scissor Racks

The Pros:

  • Economical alternative to a cargo box – starting at +/- $150 and going up to about +/- $400.
  • Compact, easy to store.
  • Low-profile and sleek.
  • Available for up to 6 pair of fat skis or 4 snowboards.
  • Available in a variety of finishes – matte silver, gloss black and gloss titanium.
  • Single Key and One Key compatible, so you can match the keys to other Thule or Yakima products you have.
  • Lifetime warranty.
  • Universal fitment to round, square, factory and ‘aero’ aftermarket crossbars.
  • Installs in minutes.
  • Can be track mounted, flush into crossbars with a t-track type profile.
  • A great solution for taller vehicles to have unlimited garage access.
  • Buy the rack and get optional install for $15 – no additional components required.

The Cons:

  • Your gear takes a lot of abuse, dirt and road salt – more time spent tuning and washing your coat and pants.
  • Gear is exposed to criminals.
  • Only fits skis, boards and poles.
  • Single side access.
  • Sometimes difficult to configure gear as width is limited and gear is ever-changing.
  • Snowboard bindings can contact roof in some cases where crossbars are low profile.

 

Now that you have an idea of what these accessories are all about, you can make an informed decision.

Still have questions? Feel free to give us a call 250-762-2110 or come on down to the shop between 9 am and 5 pm Monday to Saturday.