Thule RideOn 9403 towbar car rack review£114.99

Easy to use three-cycle carrier

BikeRadar score4/5

Thule’s RideOn towbar cycle carrier is suitable for three bikes, is easy to fit and stable in use. Out of the box it needs a fair bit of assembly, but as long as you can follow some simple instructions, it shouldn’t be a worry.

The rack will obscure your number plate, so you’ll need to get hold of an extra plate and fit the lighting board provided. Once that's done, everything’s plain sailing.

To attach to your car you just drop the tow bar coupler onto the towball, screw up the bolt by hand and tighten with the included long spanner – which gives plenty of leverage for a tight fit. Plug in the lighting cable and you’re done.

We’ve had all kind of machines on the RideOn, from 40lb+ downhill rigs to lightweight road bikes, with no trouble. We had previously tried the two-bike version and found it lacking in stability, but, surprisingly, this three-bike model fared much better.

The included straps provide a secure anchor and strap to both wheels as well as the ‘arm’ which unfolds from the main body of the rack.

A tilt function, where you unscrew two handles at the back of the rack, allows you to angle the bikes away from the car boot for easy access.

If you have a towbar, or are thinking of adding one to your vehicle for transporting your bikes around, we’d definitely recommend the Thule RideOn 9403.

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