Bike Rack Help

ShaneWBA

Active Member
After some help please on the best bike rack to get for my vehicle

So currently I've ordered this - https://www.thule.com/en-lt/bike-rack/trunk-bike-racks/thule-outway-hanging-2-_-994001

I was planning on getting a light board as my vehicle reg and lights would be obscured, however I the below is similar to my vehicle and I don't have a tow bar to plug a light board in
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I believe my vehicle can accommodate a roof rack, however I was hoping to avoid that type of rack

Is a light board connecting to a tow bar the only viable option to having a boot mounted rack? Or are there an other racks people would recommend for my vehicle or experience they have had with one?

Thanks in advance
 

fossyant

Ride It Like You Stole It!
Location
South Manchester
I don't like boot mounted racks - they can dent the car. Tow bar or roof rack.
 

D_97_goodtimes

Active Member
Location
Here and there
After some help please on the best bike rack to get for my vehicle

So currently I've ordered this - https://www.thule.com/en-lt/bike-rack/trunk-bike-racks/thule-outway-hanging-2-_-994001

I was planning on getting a light board as my vehicle reg and lights would be obscured, however I the below is similar to my vehicle and I don't have a tow bar to plug a light board in
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I believe my vehicle can accommodate a roof rack, however I was hoping to avoid that type of rack

Is a light board connecting to a tow bar the only viable option to having a boot mounted rack? Or are there an other racks people would recommend for my vehicle or experience they have had with one?

Thanks in advance
I use The Thule towbar mounted bike carrier. It is secure and reliable. Easy to use. Needed a new bumper to fit the tow ball. Bike carrier was a third of the cost to fit new bumper and electrics.
I have a Saris bones - also secure and reliable. Also easy to use.
 

Dogtrousers

Kilometre nibbler
You could get a tow ball fitted and have a tow ball mounted carrier. The electrics for the light board come with the tow ball. Or you could use a roof carrier.

I prefer those two to door mounted ones, but I have to say I've never actually owned a door mounted one, and I have owned the other two. So it could just be personal bias on my part.
 

Drago

Flouncing Nobber
Location
Poshshire
Tow bar electrics are most likely plug and play on a fairly modern car like that, so probably straightforard to have fitted.

As above, towball or roof mount. Hatch mounts present too much scope for damaging the car, or losing the load entirely if the glass breaks with some.

With that plastic spoiler up top you have nothing to safely clip the mount to that you have purchased. If you did manage to fit it the straps will then lay over the training edge of the plastic spoiler, which isn't designed to be load bearing and almost inevitably will break. If you possibly can I would cancel the order.

What accessories do MB sell in their catalogue for this eventuality? Although probably expensive they are liable to be the neatest and most secure method.
 
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Gillstay

Senior Member
Buy a Berlingo, take passengers and camping gear and bikes inside.
 

vickster

Legendary Member
I have an estate, I can fold the small side of the back seat down and fit two bikes in vertically front wheels & seat posts removed
I have a small estate, with seats down I don’t need to remove anything to put in boot
 
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ShaneWBA

Active Member
Thanks for the replies all

Main reason I wasn't going for a tow bar option is due to the cost of having one fitted as my vehicle doesn't have one

I was thinking of a boot rack as no issues with things like low parking barriers which I have experienced a few times at some locations I go to
 

Dogtrousers

Kilometre nibbler
By the way, when I bought my last bike carriers (coincidentally, for an ancient model of the A Class above) I got them from https://www.roofbox.co.uk/

It's worth looking at their website as IIRC there was a ton of compatibility information there. They were quite helpful when I contacted them too.
 

13 rider

Guru
Location
leicester
I'd guess there are roof bar mounting points under the plastic trim on the roof . I'd just a Thule carrier where you remove the front wheel and clamp using the axle very secure . Just remember you have a bike on the roof if you go this way
 
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