Bicycles

Gadget turns bicycle transit upside-down

The Upside Rack is an innovative system that allows you to mount almost any bike on any rack
The Upside Rack is an innovative system that allows you to mount almost any bike on any rack
View 2 Images
A rendering of the Upside Rack
1/2
A rendering of the Upside Rack
The Upside Rack is an innovative system that allows you to mount almost any bike on any rack
2/2
The Upside Rack is an innovative system that allows you to mount almost any bike on any rack

If you own more than one type of bicycle, then you may have noticed that a single car-top-mounting system doesn't necessarily work for all of them – or at least, not without a bit of doing. Going between a road bike, mountain bike and fatbike, for instance, can require the use of adapters for different tire widths, axle types or frame designs. Then, there's also the fact that not all systems are compatible with all roof-top racks. That's why Australian cyclists Stefan Wrobel and Sean Stoney invented the Upside Rack.

The Upside can reportedly be attached to almost any type of bike, allowing it to be mounted upside-down on any rack. Here's how it works …

A rendering of the Upside Rack
A rendering of the Upside Rack

With their bike right-side-up and on the ground, users start by hooking a rubber strap on the rear end of the Upside Rack around the saddle. They then fold the Y-shaped device's anodized aluminum arms forward and clamp them to the handlebars. When the bike and rack are turned upside-down and placed on a roof rack, the tops of the handlebar clamps hook onto the front cross-rail. A hook in the back, meanwhile, is slid forward until it engages the rear rail, and is then tightened down and locked into place.

The whole process is said to take about 20 seconds, and is demonstrated in the video at the bottom of the page.

Users can mount the device on the car's rack facing forwards or backwards, so two or more Upside-equipped bikes can be placed on one vehicle sitting in alternating directions. Additionally, Wrobel tells us that the product has passed a series of crash tests, meaning that it won't go flying off if the car is in a collision.

If you're interested in getting an Upside Rack of your own, it's currently the subject of a Kickstarter campaign. A pledge of AU$150 (about US$112) will presently get you one, when and if they reach production. The estimated retail price is approximately AU$220 (around US$165).

Sources: Upside Racks, Kickstarter

Crowdfunding Hero Video

4 comments
MD
Umm, wasn't this sort of invented a long time ago, except now they reinvent it to be less secure (in most cases "easily removable" translates as worse. And unless you have a use for them, most people don't just have roof racks on all the time. Could just use magnets. Or Lasers.
JoeFrederick
A word of advice: don't! Regardless of your IQ or your concentrative powers, you will someday drive your car with bike atop into an underground garage or even an automatic carwash. I did the latter once and the former twice, destroying 1) a $3,000 bike, 2) a carwash electronic sign, and 3) a $600 Thule rooftop rack, and damaging the roof of my BMW. The odds are 100% that something like this will happen to you if you carry on the roof. Get smart (like I eventually did) and get yourself a hitch rack that the bike(s) sit on, not the hanging type ... easy bike on and off, folds up, easy to remove, costs no more than a good roof rack, and more secure than any other rack. Take it from an expert ... don't make the roof rack mistake!
habakak
As far as roof racks goes, this systems is brilliant. Small, light weight and easily transferable. And no need to keep it permanently on the car. It might just need more security measures so it can't be stolen too easily when leaving the bike unattended for short periods of time. However, I agree with Joe Frederick. I prefer hitch racks (the platform style) because they can easily be removed after each use to clean up the look of your car. They are also very stable, secure and looks much more professional.
StevIvory
I think going to a car wash with a bike on the roof is the same as taking-of from the gas station without removing the hose from the gas tank. I've used a roof bike carrier for years and never really gotten into any awkward situation with it. It's just amazing how simple are some of the most brilliant ideas. Looks like this solution was laying on the surface, but even the large companies like thule and yakima never managed to come up with something simple and convenient like this. I am a big fan of cycling and I often have to haul my bike. Most roof bike carriers like this https://www.thule.com/en-us/us/bike-rack/roof-bike-racks?q=eTZRKopJu actually require removal of the front wheel which is not really a big deal, but it starts to bother with time. I used such mounting system for a couple of years, but finally decided to get rid of it and switch to a hitch mount bike rack with c-arm like this https://www.carid.com/rhino-rack/dual-trekker-platform-hitch-mount-bike-rack-mpn-rbc048.html . It also gives you few benefits like the ease of loading and no need to disassemble a bike, but it doesn't look as good as the roof rack to tell the truth. Also rear visibility is slightly worse with a bike or two hanging on your hitch and it's not really convenient to fold it down every time you need to get to the trunk. I really hope that this easy mounting will go into mass production and will not be too expensive, so I may switch back to the roof mount which I really enjoyed. I'd also take care about patenting this bike locker before large corporations still this idea from a small engineer.