SecureHook holds the bike by grabbing the front wheel - no frame contact is made * Ratcheting wheel strap quickly secures back wheel to tray * Corrosion resistant double-wall aluminum tray provides maximum strength and rigidity * One-Key lock cylinder (sold separately) locks the bike to carrier and carrier to rack * Fits most 20 to 29 inch wheel diameter bicycles with tires up to 2.6 inches wide Universal-fit upright top-of-car bike carrier with a no-frame-contact ratcheting hook The Thule Sidearm Rooftop Upright Bike Carrier is the convenient and easy way to secure your bike on your roof without worrying about scratches to the bike or car. Designed to ensure that all connections between your bike and the carrier are via the edge of your tires, it utilizes a simple a one-armed locking ratchet mechanism, along with a rugged wheel tray to quickly clamp your bike into place. This frees up your other hand to stabilize the bike as necessary. Additional features include: compatibility virtually any rack system and all bikes with a wheel diameter of 20-29 inches and tires up to 2.6 inches wide, and installation configurations for both passenger and driver's side. The ultimate in easy roof mounted convenience for your bike. View larger. Roof Mounted Convenience Without Frame Contact The whole idea behind rooftop bike carriers is to provide the rider with ease of access to the most fully assembled bike possible once you get to your destination, but many carriers use mechanisms that require an awkward connection to your frame, or even force you to remove the front wheel. The result of this can be a struggle to hold the bike up as you fiddle with the carrier's locking mechanism at the same time. The Thule Sidearm Rooftop Upright Bike Carrier changes all that. Forget about the security of your rooftop system and get back to riding. View larger. SecureHook and ratchet arm technology allow for one-handed locking. View larger. The Thule Sidearm Rooftop Upright Bike Carrier provides a solid, easy to use and secure bike transport system that ensures maximum bike and car protection as all its components make contact with wheel only. The sidearm carrier is designed for individual bikes with 20-29 inch wheels and tire widths up to 2.6 inches wide. To secure a bike it utilizes the combination of a rugged wheel tray which snugly holds the tires of both wheels, a wheel strap to secure the rear wheel to the tray and a combination of a locking ratchet arm with patented SecureHook technology and a wheel loop that the front tire braces against. To use, position the ratchet arm and hook assembly in a forward and fully extended position, then lift the bike up and into the wheel tray, ensuring that the front wheel precedes the wheel loop. Next, with one hand holding the bike stable, use your other hand to rotate the support arm of the SecureHook to just above the tire and ratchet the arm tightly against the wheel. You should hear a a few clicks past initial contact with the tire that lets you know that your bike is clamped down good and tight. Lastly, cinch down the back tire to the wheel tray using the wheel strap. That's all there is to it. The Thule Sidearm also can secure your bike to the carrier and carrier to the rack with two locks (sold separately). Key Features SecureHook holds the bike by grabbing the front wheel � no frame contact is made Ratcheting wheel strap quickly secures back wheel to tray Corrosion resistant double-wall aluminum tray provides maximum strength and rigidity 1 One-Key lock cylinder (sold separately) locks the bike to carrier and carrier to rack Versatile design accommodates bikes with disc brakes, thru-axles and other nontraditional frame designs Fits most 20 to 29 inch wheel diameter bicycles with tires up to 2.6 inches wide Fits Thule rack systems, round bars and most factory mounted racks Specifications Load Capacity (bikes) - 1 Fits Tire Dimensions (in) - 2.6 inches Fits Aero Profile - Yes Fits Square Bar - Yes Fits Most Bikes with Disc Brakes - Yes One Key System Compatible (locks sold separately) - Yes For Tandem Bikes - No What's in the Box Thule Sidearm Rooftop Upright Bicycle Carrier, all the necessary mounting hardware, and instruction guide/warranty card. Limited Lifetime Warranty Thule will warranty all Thule brand car rack systems and its accessories manufactured by Thule during the time that an original retail purchaser owns the product. This warranty terminates if a purchaser transfers the product to any other person. No warranty is given for defects caused by normal wear and tear, cosmetic rust, scratches, accidents, unlawful vehicle operation, or modification of, or any types of repair of a load carrier system other than those authorized by Thule. About Thule Thule was founded in 1942 by the Thulin family, when Eric Thulin, a true lover of the outdoors, put the Thule name on a pike trap he designed and began to sell in Scandinavia. It wasn't long before he added other practical items to the company's portfolio. By the 1960s, the company began to concentrate on car-related products, including its first roof rack. The Thulin family sold Thule to the publicly listed company Eldon in 1979, and it has continued to grow both organically and through acquisitions ever since. The Thule Group is a world leader in providing transport solutions for an active life.
I own one sidearm attachment and two criterium attachments, all by Thule. I use the sidearm to hold my dual suspension 29er because due to the shape of the frame, the criterium does not hold as securely as I would like.Overall I am more satisfied with the criterium, it weighs less, goes on and off the vehicle more easily, and looks better on the car. It is also easier to load the bike into the criterium. I would only suggest the sidearm to someone with a dual suspension bike or an unconventional frame shape..
This bike rack is awsome. It takes all the weight and distributes it evenly on the roof of the car, while other rear bike racks eventually will damage your car's suspension, (I speak from experience). It fits any bike, from little light weight roadies to serious full suspension downhill monsters! It does have a pretty good locking system however, like most bike/ski/snowboard racks, they are just a deterent. If somebody reallys wants your gear, they'll get it. Better to unload when parked overnight, or in sk..
This rack is lightweight, sturdy, and quick to load and unload. It holds the bike steady on twisting mountain roads and at highway speeds substantially in excess of the posted signs. I had to do a very unscheduled unload while attempting a low clearance In-n-Out Burger drive through this past weekend. There's nothing like trying to unload a roof rack while several cars in line behind me watch and laugh, but I had the bike off the roof in under 20 seconds.Assembling the rack is another story. It is not i..