The best way to carry bikes by car is inside: they’re protected from the weather, thieves and accidents, and your mileage per gallon is barely affected. But passengers or luggage can make that impractical.
Towbar racks are the next best option. They’re more secure than boot racks and offer better fuel efﬁciency than roof racks. They’re not cheap, however, especially if you need to ﬁt a towbar ﬁrst.
Like most towbar racks this Thule one comes with a lighting board but you’ll need to add your own number plate. The three-bike EuroWay 946 – there’s also a two-bike 944 – ﬁts onto the towbar in a couple of minutes.
Once you’ve tightened the ‘socket’ over the towbar, there’s a lever to ratchet it in place. A lock on this lever means the rack can’t be removed from the car without the key. There’s a quick release to tilt the whole rack backwards, bikes and all, to give access to the boot. It didn’t tilt far enough for our MPV but will work with most cars.
The bikes are supported by wheel trays with straps and top tube clamping arms. The clamps ﬁt 22-70mm tubes and are secure but don’t lock. We’d recommend lockable knobs (£12 each) for peace of mind. Bikes without top tubes will need adapter 981 or 982 (£20/£19).
The rack folds ﬂat and is narrow enough to ﬁt in a car boot but its solid build means it’s a fairly hefty 18kg. Maximum capacity is 45kg.
|Name||Euroway 946 (10)|
|Features||* Strong coupling suits most types of towbars, no adjustment necessary. * The bike carrier tilts back, giving trunk access without off-loading the bikes. * With unique, detachable bike frame holders that can easily be removed, then returned in position after the bikes are loaded. A feature that makes loading of bikes faster and much more convenient. With rubber surface for protecting the bike frames. Fits all bike frames up to 80mm. * With quick-release wheel straps for quick and convenient loading and unloading of bikes, adjustable for different wheel sizes up to 2,5 inches, the wheels are securely fastened. * Folds flat for easy storage, compact enough to be kept in the trunk of the car. * The 25 cm distance between the mounted bikes makes it easier to position the bikes without interference. A must for loading Electrical Bikes. * Locks bikes to the carrier and the carrier to car * Product uses a 13-pin power plug, for having a full set of lights on the carrier.|
|Load Capacity (kg)||45|
|Bike Capacity||3 Bikes|