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Bike racks on car - worth the faff?

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DragonsAndCakes Wed 13-Jun-18 09:45:56

DH and I are disagreeing.

We would need a rack for maybe three bikes. Does anyone have a feel for how long it takes to put the rack on the car and put the bikes on it?

Could be either a back of car one or a roof type. smile

SadieHH Wed 13-Jun-18 10:00:10

Back of car one takes 10 minutes to fix. Just make sure you fix the bikes on properly and don't have to stop on the M25 to stop them falling off... hmm

Seeline Wed 13-Jun-18 10:01:53

We have one that fits over our tow bar (it is self supporting though - you don't actually tow it). It is easy to fit, and as it is not too high, it is very easy to put the bikes on and off.

MumofBoysx2 Wed 13-Jun-18 10:06:55

100% worth it, we got one for our towbar, this one: www.halfords.com/motoring/bike-racks/towbar-mounted-bike-racks/thule-velocompact-927 and it's amazing (also got the fourth bike adaptor for it). Soooo much easier than putting it on the roof, and you can access the boot :-)

Ifailed Wed 13-Jun-18 10:07:10

Agree with a rear-carrying rack, once you're used to it, they only take minutes to put on. Roof carriers create quite a lot of drag when loaded up, and it's so easy to forget about them when you drive under a height-restriction barrier!

Do make sure your number-plate and lights are all visible once loaded, and you may find your rear-view will be restricted.

MumofBoysx2 Wed 13-Jun-18 10:08:01

PS it takes only minutes to put on and attach the bikes, partly why we got this one.

Ifailed Wed 13-Jun-18 10:08:09

Oh, and don't forget to lock your bikes up if you leave the car, thefts from motorway service stations for example, are not unknown.

CMOTDibbler Wed 13-Jun-18 10:11:06

We have both - for one bike, the carrier stays on top of the car all the time, but we have a Thule tow bar one for all our bikes. It takes 5-10 minutes to put that on and is easy to do, and much easier to put the bikes on.

gigglingHyena Wed 13-Jun-18 10:12:01

Takes about 10 minutes to fit the back of the car rack, then another 10 or so to get the bikes on.

You do have to get it good and secure, if they bounce at all you end up damaging the paint (lesson learned the hard way0. While ours was supposed to fit three it was quite an effort to get the 3rd on on there, usually we ended up with two on the rack and the kids ones in the boot.

Roof rack is quite easy to fit on the car providing you can leave the bike mounts attached to the roof bars. Since we didn't have space to store it set up we had to reassemble it each time. We sold it as it was too much faff.

Now have a towbar mounted rack which is great. Fits in a couple of minutes and we can fit all 4 bikes on easily.

NotAnotherJaffaCake Wed 13-Jun-18 10:12:27

We have a Saris Bones. Can fit it and the bikes in about 15 mins. There is no way I would stand a chance of getting bikes up on the roof of a car. However you can't get into the boot on a long journey without taking the whole thing off - we got stopped at Calais and they wanted to see what was in our boot. Luckily they could have a rummage over our back seats but we saw other cars having to take off rear mounted bike racks.

Blobby10 Wed 13-Jun-18 10:19:49

I'm thinking of getting a rear mounted carrier for my Golf - haven't really looked into it yet as only considered the roof ones initially. Am I right in thinking you can't use the boot whilst the carrier is on? So if stopping at a service station, you need to take bikes off before getting picnic out of the boot?

CMOTDibbler Wed 13-Jun-18 10:29:19

The tow bar one we have can be tilted down so you can get in the boot

Blobby10 Wed 13-Jun-18 10:33:02

Thanks CMOT will have to look into that! grin

DragonsAndCakes Wed 13-Jun-18 11:21:01

That’s really useful everyone, thank you!

SadieHH Thu 14-Jun-18 07:56:28

Yes Blobby once it's on the boot is out of action. Don't trap the picnic in the boot grin

SadieHH Thu 14-Jun-18 07:57:51

These ones I mean.

sirfredfredgeorge Thu 14-Jun-18 08:49:29

Inside the car for the bikes, get a roof box for stuff if you need extra space. Securing them to not fall off is a pain, people forget about height barriers, it kills your fuel economy, and they can be easily stolen if you leave the car anywhere.

But of course you need enough of a car that you can fit 3 bikes inside, but as there are only 3 of you, split folded seats and you're away!

DragonsAndCakes Thu 14-Jun-18 13:13:20

There are five of us, but we can currently fit two children’s bikes in the boot.
Thinking more for a day trip, so extra room isnt the issue, just the bikes themselves.

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