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It may have taken a while, but you finally wised up enough to figure out your old man actually knows a little something about something. Why not show him how smart you’ve gotten in appreciating that fact, plus a thanks for all he does for you, with an awesome – not lame – gift this year for Father’s Day?
To help you in that pursuit, we’ve created the following pigeonhole categories to describe all (most) of the father-types out there, along with links to corresponding gifty areas of interest. This will point you in the right direction, where you’ll see tons of ideas, one of which is sure to flip Daddy-O’s lid.
Should you get your selection narrowed down but can’t quite drop the hammer, ring us up and speak with one of our terrific Product Experts. (They may not know yet that Personal Shopper has been added to their job description, but they’ll definitely be able to help you out.)
So keep your eyes peeled! Specific items for each “brand of dad” will be suggested on our Facebook page in these coming days leading up to the celebration of all things patriarchal, along with a special Father’s Day board of inspired gift ideas on Pinterest.
One other thing: when you follow us on Facebook, we’ll have a special discount offer you can use to save a little dough on the big purchase. And won’t that impress your pop?!?
Here you go:
Sportsman Dad (hunting, fishing) – Lives in camouflage, adores meat, levitates a little bit when the weather starts to cool and fall approaches.
Athletic Dad (bicycling, golfing) – Enjoys the fresh air and early mornings, taken to wearing shirts that are obnoxious either in their retina-peeling brightness or pretentious left chest insignia. This is the Grey Poupon group of dads.
Outdoorsy Dad (camping, boating) – Granola eating, sandal wearing dad who smells of bug spray or sunscreen or both; spends an inordinate amount of time listening to the weather report.
Green Thumb Dad (lawn, garden) – Obsessive about every blade of grass in his lawn or potato bug that rolls into town, suffers saddle sores from extended hours logged on riding mower, makes frequent trips to the local garden center for “one more thing.”
Fanatic Dad (football, baseball, etc) – A bit of a loudmouth and a livewire, often in charge of coordinating and executing Operation Tailgate.
Grill Master Dad (patio, barbecue) – Also adores meat (ref. Sportsman Dad, above), has a vaguely smoky aroma about him, spends extended periods of time sitting in a lawn chair looking at nothing.
Handy Dad (repairs, improvements) – A male Martha Stewart who can rig or build anything around the house that needs a fixing. Also, makes many, frequent trips to the local hardware store for “one more thing.” (Ref. Green Thumb Dad, above.)
Man’s Best Friend Dad (pets) – Even though he drives a dually, this dad is known for the little doggy perched on his lap as they cruise through town on errands and, though inseparable, Doggy often has a little accident whenever they are reunited after any length of time apart.
Did you find your dad in any of these categories? Don’t forget to check out our Father’s Day gift ideas on Facebook and Pinterest and to get your hands on the upcoming discount code!
Happy Father’s Day!
We’ve all seen it a hundred times: The family roadster tooling down the highway, fishing boat in tow, stuffed full of everything but the kitchen sink, including a pile of mish-mashed bicycles that are so entangled, you wonder how they’ll ever get unsnarled. Instant trailer, right? Not so fast. Throwing bikes into a boat to take up north can be damaging to the bikes AND an expensive boat, too. With a good bicycle carrier, though, transporting bikes can be quick, easy and safe.
Most bicycle carriers can be classified by their design for securing the bike (by the frame, wheel mount or fork mount) and also by the way in which the carrier itself attaches to your vehicle. There are multitudes of different styles and sizes of bike carriers on the market, so it can be tough to figure out which will work best for you. Here are a few questions to get you thinking about what style and features best suit your needs.
What type of bike(s) are you hauling, and what kind of biking do you do?
If you are fairly hardcore about your biking or even at a competitive level and invest a lot of time and money into your bikes, chances are, you’re going to want to invest in a top quality bike carrier like a Thule or Yakima. A high-end carbon frame bike or a mountain bike, for example, may be best transported using a rooftop, fork mounted carrier for the greatest stability. If, on the other hand, your greater need is to carry enough bikes for the entire family as you’re headed for a camping weekend, there are economical, multi-bike cradle-style carriers like some of the styles by Rage Powersports that have extensions to accommodate more bicycles. Similarly, a wheel mount model is ideal for mountain bikes or bicycles with a step-through frame (a “women’s” bike), but you also have the option of the cradle-style if you use a special bike frame adapter that creates a horizontal tie-down point across the frame.
What type of vehicle do you drive? Is it an SUV, car, truck or camper? Does the vehicle have two doors, four doors or a rear hatch?
Your vehicle often determines which bike carrier will work for you based on the carrier’s mounting system. Here is a list of some popular “categories” of bicycle carriers based on how they attach to a vehicle:
Hatchback / Trunk
Bumper Mount (for campers / RVs)
Does your vehicle have a hitch? If so, what size is the receiver?
There are lots of options here, in terms of how the bikes are secured, whether by wheel mount, fork mount or a cradle that holds the frame. Most hitch mount bicycle carriers will fit either a 1-1/4” or 2” receiver, but you should double check the specs of the model you are considering. As a bonus, many of these have a tilt-down feature that gives access to the trunk space or will fold up when not in use.
Does your vehicle have a roof rack or bars on it? Is there a sun roof or anything else mounted on top?
This is a question for people considering a roof mount style of carrier; you’ll need those to secure the carrier. If, however, your vehicle doesn’t already have some type of racking on it, separate cargo bars are also available. A sunroof, on the other hand, could interfere with some styles of rooftop bike carriers.
What other features are important to you?
There are tons of accessory items out there for bike racks that don’t already come with the features that you want. Do you want to be able to lock your bikes onto the carrier? Or maybe a rooftop carrier suits you, but the reach is just a little too much. Locking cables, wheels steps, hitch adapters, locking hitch pins, frame adapters, an anti-tilt device for the hitch receiver – all available to make your bike carrier perfectly suited to your needs.
Enjoy the cycling season this year, and keep your bikes in good shape with a proper bicycle carrier. Where are you headed next with your bikes in tow?
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|Thanks for reading! Jay Tamez – Discount Ramps LLC
Discount Ramps is now proud to offer the Yakima King Joe 3! The model number is 8003620. The King Joe 3 provides strength and versatility – it features a durable steel construction and is compatible with a wide range of vehicles and bikes. With thick padded feet that protect your car and hubs that allow the arms to fold away, the King Joe 3 is an excellent device for transporting two or three bikes. The same style of quick trigger hubs that control the fit of the base are used to fold down the dual arms of the King Joe 3.
The Quick Trigger Hub System makes installation a snap, along with a six-strap system that is used to hold the rack securely in place. The narrow design of the arms also allow you to mount a wide variety of bike styles, while reducing the need for bike adapter bars. An integrated anti-sway (StableCradle) cradles hold the bikes firmly in place, thus keeping the bikes from rocking back and forth and away from the vehicle. Glass hatch hooks are included for those of you with glass trunks or gate mounts. The overall weight of this carrier is 16.2 pounds, and the weight capacity is 90 pounds, unless limited by some applications. The overall dimensions of the King Joe 3 are 27.5 inches in length, 21.5 inches in width, and 10.25 inches folded, and each arm measures 21 inches in length. A limited lifetime warranty is included.
If you would like to learn more about the Yakima KingJoe 3, please check out all of our Trunk Mount Bike Racks. If the Yakima King Joe 3 does not fit your needs for a bike rack, Discount Ramps offers you many different ways to transport your bicycles. From swing-down bike racks, spare tire bike carriers, ball-mount bike racks, and folding bike racks to wheel carriers and roof top racks, Discount Ramps offers what you need to transport your bicycles; so please check out our Bike Rack and Carriers page.