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Haven't you ever seen those alien-crossing signs in the desert?

Even if you are attacked by aliens from outer-space while on your way to thrash the singletrack in Loma, the Thule Sidearm Universal Bike Mount will hold your bike securely to your roof. When the aliens try to use their super-high-powered wind-gun on I-70, they will be no match for the Sidearm.

  • SecureHook latches onto the front wheel, while an adjustable wheel strap quickly attaches the back wheel to the reinforced tray
  • Corrosion-resistant double-walled aluminum tray provides strength and rigidity when traveling on the highway
  • Accommodates bicycles with disc brakes and thru-axles
  • Fits bikes with 20 to 29in wheel diameters and bicycles with up to 3in-wide tires


Tech Specs

Bike Capacity:
1
Compatibility:
Thule bars, Yakima bars, factory bars
Locks Included:
no
Recommended Use:
bike transport
Manufacturer Warranty:
lifetime

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4 5

great for kids' bikes

prefer fork mount for my bikes, but for younger kids' bikes which do not remove front wheel this is perfect.

3 5

It's a love hate thing

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've been using this rack for about 6 months now and functionally it is superbly convenient. One and off with great ease, haven't lost a bike yet. But the design on those darn end caps is just plain stupid. Lost them in the first two weeks and put another set on. Lost them again about a month later. They have to think of a better solution there. I use the aero cross bars and these things are not a natural fit. I also don't like all the knobs hanging off the bottom. Hopefully their future generations will improve. It gets the job done but it could be so much better.

deploy the rack, make it so

deploy the rack, make it so

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yakima basket, with a thule sidearm and a thule lowrider fork mount. loaded up and ready to hit the trail, but Big Larry will have to stay home.

5 5

best roof rack for a mtn bike

wheels on, the only contact points are on your tires, easy to install, and easy to use. its a great rack. some people are moaning about not being able to reach it easily because they are fitting it on a giant SUV. but if you need a step stool to get into your hummer or suburban, just put it in the back, or use a hitch mount rack. bottom line is, this rack does exactly what it is supposed to. there is no messing around when i get to the trail head. my bike is off/on the rack in about ten seconds. i fitted my sidearm to a basket, the wheel tray was a little to short, so mine has a nice g-lean to it.

best roof rack for a mtn bike
3 5

Its ok...

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These racks are ok.
Pros. You don't need to take the wheels off, the bikes are secured in place (and locked) so you can duck into the shop without worrying too much bout your bike.
Cons. It is really quite tricky to get bike on and off SUV as its just too tall, fuel economy is awful cos the bikes catch heaps of wind, they are a bit time consuming to get on and off and they cause a fair bit of noise even without a bike on em.

5 5

Bought it for my mountain bike

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Grabbed this for my mountain bike so I wouldn't have to take the wheel off. I've been pleasantly surprised. Arm has gotten a little harder to move overtime, but that's better than easier to move. No problems yet.

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Squirt some white lithium grease on the arm mechanism. Stuff does wonders to keep grime out. Works great in the locks too.

3 5

Leaves a lot to be desired.

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Have had two of these racks on my car for four years. It's not easy to place and remove bikes in rack on top of SUV, especially our mountain bikes. After a year on top of car the arm becomes very difficult to move and position properly. Have traveled a lot and have had no problems with secure fit in either road or mountain bikes. Still looking for low maintence, long lasting , easy on-off roof racks. Placement of these racks on car is not an easy task, and once there you do not want to mess around to remove them.

4 5

decent roof rack

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have two of these racks on my car. I have never had an issue with either rack. The primary assembly takes a while, once it is on the rack it takes less than minute to load and go with any bike.

5 5

Best Roof Rack

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This roof rack just works. The only flaw I could think of with this product is that it attachs almost too easy to that someone could steal it super easy. That being said, it's ridiculously easy to put on your vehicle and remove if you don't want it on top when not in use. The system works practically with any bike and was quite stable at highway speeds. The only way this rack really moves is if your bars are flimsy. It has a universal fit so it should work fine on practically any bars.

3 5

I like this rack, but I dont love it.

The title kinda sums up my overall opinion. This thing works ok. The issues I have with it are like another reviwer said the security system on this isnt stellar. It will slow down a theif but I still wouldnt feel totally comfortable leaving my bike out of my sight.

The other problems are the front tire will come out of the tray at 75-80mph freeway speeds or in a headwind. I also had an issue with the rear wheel strap breaking. Luckily I live in UT where backcountry is and I just brought it in and they swapped it for a new one. The ratchet system is help together with cheap rivets that broke after 2-3 weeks of use.

If I had it to do over I would probably go Yakima.

5 5

Best Roof Rack

This roof rack just works. The only flaw I could think of with this product is that it attachs almost too easy to that someone could steal it super easy. That being said, it's ridiculously easy to put on your vehicle and remove if you don't want it on top when not in use. The system works practically with any bike and was quite stable at highway speeds. The only way this rack really moves is if your bars are flimsy. It has a universal fit so it should work fine on practically any bars.

3 5

Works, but with flaws

Pros:
Holds the bike securely (with a mod)
Easy to mount to most bars

Cons:
-The security system is pretty much useless.
-At high speeds, many bike/tire combos will need a front tire strap to keep the tire from working itself out of the tray.
- The sidearm is pretty stiff and depending on the height of your vehicle it can be pretty freakin tough to actually get your bike on the try and locked in. Not to mention, getting it off your car.

Will this work with the aeroblade bars...

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Will this work with the aeroblade bars (wide, narrow bars). Or will I have to buy an adapter?
Thanks

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Sorry, should of described it better. How does it attach to the roof rack? I have the newer style "aeroblade" cross bars. They're quite wide, but have a thin profile to them.

http://www.thule.com/en-US/US/Campaigns/Thule-AeroBlade

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The xadapt9 makes it easier but you can throw it on the aero bars with the stock mounts.

Will this fit with Saris load bars?

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Will this fit with Saris load bars?

Responded on

Hey Jun,

Hard to guarantee it but these are meant to fit the majority of bars out there. Should be good to go.

5 5

Love it!

Ok, so I've had this rack since August '09 (2.5 years) and I have had no problems with it. I've driven from NY-TX, TX-FL (2x!) and loads of 2-hr drives with my bikes. I'm 5'9 (and female) and I can haul my bikes on my roof of my SUV by myself- the side arm is really quick to put on and adjust quickly.


Popping the rack off and on my car is a breeze (after the first few attempts to get the hang of it). I do suggest getting a bike lock and locking your bike frame down to the roof rack as extra security. No bike rack is theft proof...(but I haven't had a problem yet)

It holds my hybrid, roadie, and 29'er hardtail perfectly!

Love it!
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How much is the MPG affected while driving w bike on the roof during long trips? Thx, Jay

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lots, unfortunately. but i get over it by driving a sensible 55-65mph instead of Utah standard 85mph and i still get about 21mpg in my 10 year old subaru.

5 5

Nice Rack

This rack is great! I've had it for 3 years and its been working great. I bought it because i had a lefty and it is perfect. I like it much better than the yakima equivalent, it seems much more secure because you have much more adjustably over the yakima.

Would this fit on a 2011 subaru outback....

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Would this fit on a 2011 subaru outback. My car comes with the cross members but they aren't round.

Responded on

it will fit. but you will need different brackets for the rear mount, should be cheap

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