Thursday, 2 April 2009
GamJams Reviews: Car Racks - Delta Thingamadoos
Here is my car rack. It consists of Thule bars on the factory rails, plus these pick-em-up-truck style fork clamps made by Delta. I think Delta is a QBP brand, so these are available at pretty well any bike store. In a shocking change of pace for me, I am acually rocking a bike-specific part bought in a bike-specific store, although I can't remember which one. Probably Spokes. The slightly ghetto hose clamp attachment lends a certain cracker je ne sais quois to the program. You will notice that there are 3 hose clamps involved. Normally I rock two, but as these things have now successfully carried my own and my team mate's bike some several thousand miles, I was getting a bit concerned about metal fatigue. I had two extra hoseclamps on hand so I just slapped one in the middle of each array.
At some point I harbored delusions of having a welder tack a plate on the bottom of each so I could have a nice, proper attachment to the bar. I guess I never got around to it. We'll have some metal workers on a project I'm starting in the next few weeks so maybe I'll do it then. The hose clamps work fine, although annual replacement at the exorbitant cost of around $.79 each is probably a great idea.
The bungee thing wrapped around the quick release lever is indeed a bungee thing. When there are no bikes on the car, this keeps the skewer from flopping around. When bikes are deployed, the rear wheel sits on the back crossbar and this bungee goes around the rear wheel and bar. The little plastic ball makes it wicked easy to use.
The big hole in the skewer lever is a perfect place to put a padlock, which is sometimes necessary.
If I remember, these things cost about $14 each. They are trustworthy, easy to operate and easy to remove for windsurfing missions. People named Drew consistently pooch the adjustment of skewer tension adjustment, which primarily means they fail basic "righty tighty lefty loosey" class. This might knock a half a wagon wheel off of my rating, but I get jokes and like to laugh so that tags the half wagon wheel right back on, netting these deals a full 5 wagon wheel rating.
This is my new wheel. To make a long and potentially easily misunderstood story short, this wheelset will be referred to as the "bi-curious" wheelset. The rim is a Velocity Escape tubular 28h, laced to a DT240s hub using DT Revolution spokes and alternating brass (black - drive side) and red (alloy - non drive side) nipples. I decided to give the alloy nipples another try as my building technique has improved, and as I was convinced to use grease rather than thread lock on the spoke threads. In hindsight, I might have used all alloy nipples. With good technique, a good spoke wrench and greased threads, alloy works just great.
The tire is a Vittoria CX. It is currently stretching, unglued, on the rim. Tonight she gets the glue, tomorrow I hit as many potholes with it as possible, and Saturday it races.