Cycle carriers

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Cycle carriers

Postby boxxer750 » Sun Dec 30, 2012 09:35 am

Hi

Looking at getting some sort of cycle carrier so i can take by bike to more scenic places to ride. Can anyone recommend a descent carrier that is safe and wont break the bank?

Ive had a thule roof rack in the past and it was very good! Priced one up for the current car (Seat Leon) and it comes to £230 which is a bit more than i can afford at the mo.

Thanks

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Re: Cycle carriers

Postby TheFD » Sun Dec 30, 2012 09:49 am

If you have roof bars then get the Thule 591 carriers. They are about £90 each - very sturdy and good!
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Re: Cycle carriers

Postby Paul_Smith SRCC » Sun Dec 30, 2012 12:26 pm

If it's just one bike the Saris solo is a for a boot/hatch rack quite simple, a few of the local racers really like them.

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Re: Cycle carriers

Postby Paul_Smith SRCC » Sun Dec 30, 2012 12:26 pm

If it's just one bike the Saris solo is a for a boot/hatch rack quite simple, a few of the local racers really like them.

Paul
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Re: Cycle carriers

Postby Danlikesbikes » Sun Dec 30, 2012 14:32 pm

Paul_Smith SRCC wrote:If it's just one bike the Saris solo is a for a boot/hatch rack quite simple, a few of the local racers really like them.

Paul
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Re: Cycle carriers

Postby Greywheeler » Sun Dec 30, 2012 15:00 pm

This months Cycling Active magazine has a comparison of the various types and marks out of 10

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Re: Cycle carriers

Postby boxxer750 » Sun Dec 30, 2012 16:30 pm

Thanks for the replies! Ive had a look into the Saris Solo one and reviews say its good however you need extra straps and Saris recommend you go no faster than 50mph with it on. Ill be doing a lot of motorway miles so its not an ideal option.

I might just bite the bullet and go for the thule system. At least i know the bike will be secure. Couldnt bare my pride and joy bouncing down the M62 :?

Thanks again!

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Re: Cycle carriers

Postby adowling92 » Sun Dec 30, 2012 16:56 pm

Get these.. http://www.fordonlineparts.co.uk/produc ... 698518-450 £56.85 (was £85)
They're good and easy to use! just gotta be able to lift your bike.

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Re: Cycle carriers

Postby Scotty-Gee » Sun Dec 30, 2012 18:14 pm

Going to keep an eye on this thread.

I like the idea of putting my bike on a Thule roof rack but then I need the roof bars etc and it all adds up.

Not sure on rear carriers- does anyone have experience with these? How fiddly to install are they?

At the moment I just fold down my seats and through it in the back, but when its winter that isn't such an attractive proposition.

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Re: Cycle carriers

Postby Bustacapp » Sun Dec 30, 2012 18:27 pm

I was after the strapless thule clip-on until I discovered it won't fit my car. :(

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Re: Cycle carriers

Postby grony » Mon Dec 31, 2012 12:47 pm

"Thanks for the replies! Ive had a look into the Saris Solo one and reviews say its good however you need extra straps and Saris recommend you go no faster than 50mph with it on. Ill be doing a lot of motorway miles so its not an ideal option."


For these reasons I went for the Saris Bones. Excellent piece of kit, easy to fit and folds to a compact size for storage, bit more £ than the Solo but well worth it IMO.

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Re: Cycle carriers

Postby Bustacapp » Mon Dec 31, 2012 13:33 pm

grony wrote:For these reasons I went for the Saris Bones. Excellent piece of kit, easy to fit and folds to a compact size for storage, bit more £ than the Solo but well worth it IMO.


How quick and easy is it to fit the bones? I've looked at them before and speed and ease (the less straps the better) is my main concern as I am bad tempered and hate faffing around with things. I just want to lob it on the back of the car and throw the bikes on without any effort. I also noted that they mentioned I would need some special clip or other because of my rear window. Do you know if this clip comes supplied or do you have to get them seperate?

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Re: Cycle carriers

Postby grony » Mon Dec 31, 2012 13:40 pm

I am massively impatient and hate anything that requires faffing around. The bones took 10 mins to fit first time, but now can be put on in a couple of minutes. If I go anywhere with my mtb, I park up take the bike off, lob the bones in the boot, go for a ride, then stick it back on again, it really is very easy. As for extra clips and stuff, I've no idea, check the vehicle selector on the Saris site, I didn't need anything extra for my boring Astra.

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Re: Cycle carriers

Postby Bustacapp » Mon Dec 31, 2012 13:43 pm

grony wrote:I am massively impatient and hate anything that requires faffing around. The bones took 10 mins to fit first time, but now can be put on in a couple of minutes. If I go anywhere with my mtb, I park up take the bike off, lob the bones in the boot, go for a ride, then stick it back on again, it really is very easy. As for extra clips and stuff, I've no idea, check the vehicle selector on the Saris site, I didn't need anything extra for my boring Astra.


Hmmm thanks. Sounds good. Do you have to squat down and fit any straps underneath the rear bumper? I really can't be arsed with that caper.

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Re: Cycle carriers

Postby grony » Mon Dec 31, 2012 13:48 pm


Hmmm thanks. Sounds good. Do you have to squat down and fit any straps underneath the rear bumper? I really can't be arsed with that caper.


Nope, clips to the bottom of the boot. Bought mine on the basis of loads of recommendations on here, must be plenty of threads on it.

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Re: Cycle carriers

Postby Scotty-Gee » Mon Dec 31, 2012 18:59 pm

The bones was the other unit I was looking at, however my focus has a stupid spoiler which the straps would have to go over, or alternatively through.

I'm sure our more than friendly local halfords store will know more :roll:


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