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Yakima HighRoad vs Thule Upride

The Yakima HighRoad roof rack is the latest in a long line of well-received roof-mounting solutions from the Oregon brand, and it has been stacking up particularly well against the competition. Yakima’s HighRoad is a simple-to-use, sturdy, and reliable way to carry your road bike, mountain bike, or hybrid bike on the roof of your car, without risking damage to the bike or your vehicle.

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The Yakima HighRoad mounts to virtually any roof bar setup, thanks to its unique metal-reinforced strap system. Yakima make it easy for you to ensure you have the right mounts for your vehicle with their Vehicle Fitment Site. Simply input your vehicle information, and you’ll have access to full installation instructions, and pictures of the rack in use.

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Given how long Yakima have been making industry-leading bike transportation solutions, it’s no wonder they stack up so well against the competition. Still, it’s great to see reviews like this one from CyclingTips.com, comparing the Yakima HighRoad to the Thule UpRide, where the HighRoad clearly comes out on top.

The Yakima’s simple design, ease of setup, sturdiness and reliability make it a surefire winner for anyone looking to transport their bike on a sedan or station wagon. The HighRoad comes completely assembled, requiring only a simple strap to affix it to your roof bars, and are easily adaptable for use on either side of the vehicle.

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“Both racks can be configured for either driver or passenger-side mounting. The Yakima is by far the simplest in this regard, with the only difference [in mounting left or right] being how the rear wheel strap is hooked in.”
-CyclingTips.com

Yakima’s attachment system- using three rubber-coated steel straps to affix the rack to your car’s roof bars- is designed to take all the guess-work out of installation. The fasteners for the straps click audibly when optimal tension is reached, and the straps themselves allow for universal installation- no matter what base bar system you might already have.

Installing a bike on the HighRoad is as simple as rolling it into place. The dual-hoop design grabs and holds the bike’s front wheel, allowing you to take your hands off the bike to secure the preload knob and strap down the rear wheel. Yakima has spent years perfecting the loading system of their roof racks, and the result is a rack that anyone with a 26″ wheels and up can load their bike in seconds.

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“Yakima has the clear edge in simplistic design. Unless you need to carry kids’ bikes with smaller wheels, Yakima gets the point here.”
-CyclingTips.com

Sturdy, aerodynamic, and easy to use, the Yakima HighRoad is an easy choice to make if you want the best roof rack on the market. But don’t take it from us… check out the full article on cyclingtips.com, and then head down to your local Live to Play Sports dealer and check out the Yakima HighRoad in person!