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Powell7



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PostPosted: Wed May 28, 2014 6:38 am    Post subject: Bike carrier help needed Reply with quote

Hi all

The family's off to wales for a week in August and me and my dad would like to take our bikes with us.

Can anyone recommend a carrier that won't cost the earth as it will hardly be used after this trip.

Not sure weather to get one for the boot or put the bikes on the roof??
I have a Peugeot 206 sw if that makes any difference

We will be doing the M25 and M4 and are a little worried about them ending up on the road

Any help would be appreciated

Thanks Chris
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PostPosted: Wed May 28, 2014 8:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Up to a couple of weeks ago i've always used the rear mounted carriers.fastened to the car with 6 straps i've never worried that it would detatch itself. The last one i used(pictured) carried 2 bikes and the wheels sat on rails rather than the frame hanging on 2 arms.i used about 6 cam buckle straps to secure bike to rack.


20131228_082947 by firebrace, on Flickr

Having said that,i've just spent £££'s on a thule system as i thought i was having to get 3 bikes to scotland in july. I havn't used it yet and as others have said it's odd at first as you tend to mooch about at40 mph cos you can't see what's happening on the roof.at least with the rear mounted rack you can see that the bikes are still there! I reckon i'll still put an extra ratchet strap over the bikes,just to be extra sure.


20140518_180053 by firebrace, on Flickr

It's a pity you don't live near me cos you could borrow the rear mounted one
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Powell7



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PostPosted: Wed May 28, 2014 1:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you for your reply and offer.

If it was just me and my dad I'd just take the wheels off and put them in the back but my wife and young son are coming so there bring half the house with them
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Autosri



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PostPosted: Wed May 28, 2014 4:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've got roof bars on mine as I didn't want the straps damaging the car

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PostPosted: Wed May 28, 2014 9:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

^^LAD!
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PostPosted: Wed May 28, 2014 10:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Keep an eye out on eBay , I picked my roof bars up for 20 notes and the Thule rack for 50


But don't do wot I did the other weekend up at Cannock drive under a very low tree the shame of it Embarassed Cool Rolling Eyes
No damage done just to my pride ... And I'm a lorry driver Embarassed Rolling Eyes Laughing
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Steve Kish



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PostPosted: Wed May 28, 2014 10:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The BMW is the second flashest car I've seen with a bike on the roof.

Here's the first ....


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Autosri



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PostPosted: Wed May 28, 2014 10:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Least with the Ferrari it's nice and low to load the bikes on lol and il take second best lol
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PostPosted: Wed May 28, 2014 10:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yebbut it blatantly breaks Rule # 25 Wink Very Happy
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Autosri



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PostPosted: Wed May 28, 2014 10:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Do I dare ask what rule 25 is lol
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Powell7



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PostPosted: Thu May 29, 2014 7:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks guys

I think I'll go for a roof carrier.

Has anyone noticed a differance is mpg ?

Do you get a lot of wind noise as I'll be on the motorway most of the time when I'll be using this.

Has anyone got this model http://www.halfords.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductMobileDisplay  ?catalogId=10151&storeId=10001&productId=818081&langId=-1&categoryId= 165477 ???
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PostPosted: Thu May 29, 2014 7:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I loose 2-3mpg with the bikes on and 1-2 with just the rack on but it is a 3litre petrol so not the most fuel efficient anyway so may be better with a more fuel efficient start

Wind noise is lots with just a normal rack but with the fairing like mine it's not much different to with out a rack
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