Halfords Value Roof Carrier bike rack£19.99

Budget travel solution

BikeRadar score2/5

Yes, here’s proof that you really can get a roof carrier for under £20! For a seemingly simple rack, this required quite a lot of assembly work, and corners have clearly been cut in design and manufacture. For example, the large, plastic-covered nuts for securing the rack to the roof bars interfere with the tyres when the bike is mounted, and will also collect water.

Elsewhere, the supporting arm pivot consists of two thin pieces of flattened steel tube, a washer and large rivet, and is quite flexible. Up top, the hard plastic clamp is quite small and only held the sides of an averagely fat down-tube, though its stated limit is 45mm. 

Robin Wilmott

Tech Writer, Tech Hub, UK
Robin began road cycling in 1988, and with mountain bikes in their infancy, mixed experimental off-road adventures with club time trials and road races. Cyclocross soon became a winter staple, and has remained his favourite form of competition. Robin has always loved the technical aspect of building and maintaining bikes, and several years working in a good bike shop only amplified that. Ten years as a Forensic Photographer followed, honing his eye for detail in pictures and words. He has shot at the biggest pro events since the '90s, and now he's here, drawing on all those experiences to figure out what makes a bike or component tick.
  • Age: 43
  • Height: 178cm / 5'10"
  • Weight: 75kg / 165lb
  • Discipline: Road, cyclocross, time trials
  • Beer of Choice: Sierra Nevada Pale Ale

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