Globalti said:I've said it before and I'll say it again: unless the car is full of people and luggage I see no reason to carry a single bike or even two on the roof or the boot like a trophy. It's exposed to road salt, theft and damage; I have seen bikes wrecked by falling off boot racks. I once tried a roof rack with the bike upright and was horribly aware of the exposure not to mention the extra fuel consumption.
We can get 3 people plus 3 bikes inside our estate car comfortably and we've even managed 4+4 on one occasion with two kids on the 2/3 part of the rear seat. We can get 2 bikes inside Mrs Gti's Citroen C1, dismantled.
It makes me laugh when I see single drivers or couples with bikes on boot racks - I really do think there's an element of posing in it. I've even seen vans with towbar racks, FFS!
MacB said:think calm and happy thoughts, if it was two people in the car then I'd fold down the back seats. I had a boot rack that strapped on, and actually turned back from a drive to Scotland, after about an hour. Bikes and rack were returned to garage as I wasn't happy with the amount of bounce I was seeing in my rearview mirror. Rack was never used again and flogged at a car boot.
I was seeking information and, useful as your rant was, I was kind of hoping for a bit more in the way of constructive