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     bradbrad updated 7 years, 3 months ago 6 Members · 15 Posts
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  • bradbrad

    Member
    1 January 2014 at 9:18 pm

    Hi all

    Im looking for a bike rack for me car a 54plate Ford focus 5 door, I would really like one that detachable, I don’t have roof racks or a tow bar, so I was thinking boot mounted.

    Ive looked around the net but my search has come up with some cheap look gear I don’t think I could trust.

    Thanks

    Brad

  • Steve Kish

    Member
    1 January 2014 at 9:36 pm

    The favoured new one seems to be the Saris Bones. Wish I could afford one.

  • bradbrad

    Member
    1 January 2014 at 9:45 pm

    The favoured new one seems to be the Saris Bones. Wish I could afford one.

    wow thats a pretty penny, I was think something a tad cheaper, they do a 1 bike Saris for £40 (just had a google) but then I have to go alone ( I have been going alone but you never know when someone will want to join me in the summer- I live in hope)

  • Anonymous

    Member
    4 January 2014 at 8:28 am

    this was £15 off ebay,takes two xc bikes easily. carries them high enough not to obscure lights or number plate. I use about 6 cam buckle straps to fasten bike to rack and check the straps that fasten rack to car regularly. I can`t understand these halfwits who put mums,dads and 2 kids bikes on a rack like this, put one bungee strap on and then wonder why the bikes fell off while doing 80 mph on motorway 🙄

    fasten bikes securely,check straps regularly,drive sensibly, no probs 😉

    20131228_091346 by firebrace, on Flickr

  • merida cornwall

    Member
    4 January 2014 at 1:06 pm

    i bought my 3 bike rack from tesco at £35 and have used it lots of times and have had no issues at all,i carry 3 bikes on it at a time and as long as its strapped on well it seams all good.however i fit it to my bmw 3 series coupe and it does cover the lights and no plate,so am going to have to put a trailer board on to be safe i usually take the wheels off the bikes which is a lot better im hoping to get a vw van later this year as thatll be a lot easier.

  • bradbrad

    Member
    5 January 2014 at 3:27 pm

    Cheers guys, I was just a tad concerned with the cheaper ones as they don’t look as stable in pictures- but they must be good or they wouldn’t make them.

    Do you know the deal with a bike covering plates and lights ? I take it that’s points on the licence ?

  • lloydie63

    Member
    5 January 2014 at 4:54 pm

    Hi, I bought a Saris Bones 2 several months ago to fit my Scirocco as it’s adjustable it also fits my girlfriends Hyundai. Pricier than most but very light, fits in the boot space when I’m off for a ride and has left no marks on my car (although I have covered the hooks that go on the tailgate with old inner tubes)

  • Anonymous

    Member
    5 January 2014 at 5:47 pm
  • Anonymous

    Member
    5 January 2014 at 6:15 pm

    What about this?

    http://www.mtbe.co.uk/saris-bones-2-bike-rack-for-sale-t43586.html

    Can’t see any new ones for less than £100,if i was after one i’d be making an offer for this one.

  • lloydie63

    Member
    5 January 2014 at 8:09 pm
  • joshpatto

    Member
    15 January 2014 at 3:42 pm

    I also have BMW 3 series coupe and was looking at this…

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B000QJ8BV0/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=A18E5MZOG2TOL4

    …seems reasonably priced but has anyone heard of this make before? Reckon I should bite the bullet?

  • Steve Kish

    Member
    15 January 2014 at 7:35 pm

    Do you know the deal with a bike covering plates and lights ? I take it that’s points on the licence ?

    I think that they must ‘show’ but TBH, it would have to be a real cop-pig that stops you to make the point.

    My rack hangs over the boot of my Rover 620ti saloon and covers the rear number plate. I had another rear no. plate made up and just stick it on the back outside the bikes. Although the lights are partially obscured, you can still see brake and indicator lights working when the rack is fully loaded.

    I’ve never been stopped for this.

  • bradbrad

    Member
    23 January 2014 at 6:42 pm

    Do you know the deal with a bike covering plates and lights ? I take it that’s points on the licence ?

    I think that they must ‘show’ but TBH, it would have to be a real cop-pig that stops you to make the point.

    My rack hangs over the boot of my Rover 620ti saloon and covers the rear number plate. I had another rear no. plate made up and just stick it on the back outside the bikes. Although the lights are partially obscured, you can still see brake and indicator lights working when the rack is fully loaded.

    I’ve never been stopped for this.

    Cheers mate.

    So I went with a saris bones 2 just been dropped off, now when I try it out tomorrow evening I have a question when the bike is on the rack will the front end “move about” ? If so how would I combat this ?

  • lloydie63

    Member
    24 January 2014 at 2:57 pm

    Front end of the bike? I have the Saris bones 2, to stop the front wheel from turning whilst I drive a bought a £3.00 cargo strap from a local DIY shop and just thread it through the front wheel and around the frame.

  • bradbrad

    Member
    24 January 2014 at 3:08 pm

    Front end of the bike? I have the Saris bones 2, to stop the front wheel from turning whilst I drive a bought a £3.00 cargo strap from a local DIY shop and just thread it through the front wheel and around the frame.

    That’s it the front end, cool I have some straps at home I’ll give them a try

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