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Vacuum Cup Automotive Bike Racks

For those who like to travel and carry their bike on top of their car, here’s a new twist on the old roof rack design… Vacuum cups instead of straps, risers and cross bars.

Will it work? Well, the company comes from a marine background, manufacturing a variety of vacuum-cup mounts for boating accessories. Each vacuum cup is claimed to hold 100 to 200 pounds, and multiple cups can be used at once. But will cyclists trust their bikes to stay put at 55mph? I, for one, am a little skeptical.

One major drawback seems to be the lack of security. With no locking mechanism, a thief could just release the suction cups and carry away a bike and the rack.

Visit www.seasucker.com for more information.

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10 Comments

  1. NYC_cyclistNovember 24, 2010 at 9:25 am

    another wonderful new idea! up there with the inflatable helmet.

  2. GambrinusNovember 24, 2010 at 12:19 pm

    I’d expect this to be posted on April 1st. I wouldn’t strap a Huffy to a Yugo using this hillbilly set up.

  3. Cafn8November 24, 2010 at 12:40 pm

    Hmm, I’d be more worried about sudden changes in direction than straight highway speeds, but I’d agree: just plain bad idea. Beyond that, take a look at that crank position looks like that pedal would be perilously close to paint at the bottom of its travel. Not for me, thanks.

  4. NOTISNovember 24, 2010 at 2:33 pm

    Sure! I’m willing to accept that the suction cups can handle >100lbs, but can the paint/roof interface? I foresee circle-esque blemishes and destroyed bikes.

  5. TerryNovember 24, 2010 at 5:55 pm

    Man, those suck!

    (it’s a joke)

  6. JoeNovember 25, 2010 at 1:58 am

    Bad thing.

  7. CamNovember 26, 2010 at 4:55 pm

    Wooow! Am I the only one who thinks those are a little too expensive??!! Plus I agree with NOTIS: Even though the system is tough, the roof or window themselves might not handle such traction…

  8. ScottNovember 30, 2010 at 8:33 am

    Checked these out at interbike this year. They are VERY impressive!! I’d completely trust my bike on a set of these. They have unbelievable holding power, they give complete portability to your rack, and have a simple indicator to let you know if the suction is at the proper level. I was skeptical when I first saw them but will be getting some soon.

  9. Another ScottDecember 3, 2010 at 9:51 am

    One possible application: RENTAL CARS! Those things almost never come with real roof racks. These things look like they would fit in the bike box. No easy way to lock them, sure, but maybe a better option than having to rent a larger car just to shuttle your bikes to the trail head at a far off place…

  10. GregFebruary 3, 2013 at 3:40 pm

    I would rather leave my front wheel on the bike.

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