In Reply to: Re: I was that poster...(more) posted by Jim Robertson on April 15, 1999 at 09:24:12:
I personally prefer Thule. Two reasons:
I don't think the Yakima is 20% better product. (When pricing racks for my previous car, a complete (2 bike tray) rack was about 15-20% higher in price.) Yakima makes a great product, I just don't think it is worth the extra money. Of course, the difference in price might vary depending on which rack you get. (The difference between a Q tower/2 steelhead Yakima and a Aerofoot/2 velovice Thule is only about $15.) about 5%
By this, I mean two things. The products are more readily available retail. There are two stores within a half hour of me that give great discounts on Thule products. Also, I would say that almost every bike shop within a ten mile radius carries Thule. (Some also carry Yakima.) The other part to availability is that three of my friends also own Thule. If I need an extra tray for a trip, then it's not a problem to borrow one.
Also, I don't know if Yakima does this, but Thule makes 'custom' racks for certain cars like the E46, Integra(coupe), VW cars. With the Thule rectangular bars, I feel more secure putting lumber on the (flat, rubber surfaced) Thule bars. I don't know if I'd feel that secure with the (round) Yakima bars.
Now, of course my experience is with bicycle accessories only. It is possible that Yakima's kayak, canoe, ski, snowboard etc. accessories might be better than Thule's. I think that their bicycle accessories are about the same. (steelhead=velovice)