INTERVIEW LUKE JENKINS (ROOFRACK SHOP –TAKAPUNA)
As you know our Adventure readers generally partake in variety of different outdoor sports. What are some of the main sports where people purchase roofracks as a solution to carrying equipment on their vehicles? -We fit racks for all types of sports. The main sports like Kayaking, Cycling, Skiing, snowboarding surfing, windsurfing, the need for a rack is obvious, but the less obvious sports include tramping and camping, climbing, sailing, hang gliding, kiteboarding. Racks are useful for most sports as a way of creating extra space to carry equipment.
What’s involved if I need a roofrack on my car and it doesn’t have gutters - will I need a permanent roofrack?
-Not necessarily. On most vehicles we can fit a removable system without the need to drill holes. Roofracking has almost become a bit of a science. Most vehicles are able to have a rack fitted - even two-door cars!! Convertibles generally are a no go!! In some cases going permanent is the best option.
What are some of the sports where I need additional accessories to hold equipment on?
Most sports have specialised accessories to make caring for equipment easier and safer. Losing your load can be very costly and dangerous - you can even lose your license!!! Buying the right accessories for your equipment saves you time and money, as you will be less likely to damage your equipment if it is properly secured. Most items you would ever want to carry on the roof have specialised holders to make life easy.
Do all kayaks need ‘kayak cradles’?
-No. There are many different ways of carrying Kayaks; in fact some kayaks shouldn’t be carried with cradles. As there are many different styles of kayaks there are many specific accessories for specific types of kayaks.
There seem to be two different types of bike carriers; ones where you have to take the front wheel off and ones where you don’t… what are the differences and advantages here?
-Traditionally you have needed to take your front wheel off to carry a bike on a rack, this has always left the question of what to do with the front wheel? While there are wheel holders just for wheels, most people put them in the car, taking up valuable space and making a mess specially if it’s a mountain bike wheel! Going for the wheel-on option has become a very popular option, mainly for the convenience. Some bikes you can’t take the front wheel off so wheel-on options are the go. Some bikes don’t have a frame that you can attach a wheel-on option to, so fork mounting is the only option. Wheel-on options usually cost a little more so this can affect the decision people make when putting bikes on the roof.
Tying surfboards and windsurfers on to your roofracks, apart from bungies and rope, is there something better solution to hold them down?
-Bungies are an absolute no no, they allow your load to move. A simple cam-lock webbing tie down is your best option as using rope can damage your board and is very hard to get tight. Ratchet tie downs also are a bad way to go as they can easily be over tightened and damage yor load.
Roofboxes – who’s mainly buying this type of storage system and what are the advantages here?
-Roof boxes are useful in many applications. The best way of looking at them is that it creates an extra boot space for your car so you can take more stuff with you and eliminate clutter in the car. All types of people are buying them from families to sales reps - anyone who needs more space. The good thing with the gear you put in a box is nobody can see what’s in it.
How much weight can I put on my roofrack?
-Weight carrying capacity comes down to the type of rack and the vehicle. Most modern cars will take around 75kg. Always check the rack’s and vehicle’s maximum load rating; whichever is less is the rating to go with. Not all racks are created equally when it comes to weight carrying capacity.
If I need to purchase a roofrack this summer…. What simple advice can you give me to steer me in the right direction?
Go see a specialised shop, like The Roof Rack Shop. Getting the wrong rack will end in disaster. Spending a bit more will save time and hassle in the long run.
Cheers Luke… see you soon as I need to get some proper tie downs – I never knew that ‘bungies’ are now illegal.