Carrying bike on car

Discussion in 'Bicycle Mechanics and Repairs' started by Reiver, 5 May 2010.

  1. Reiver

    Reiver Ribbit, Ribbit.

    How safe is carrying the bike on the car roof, anyone ever had a bike come off? I never feel that it is that secure and beef it up with a couple of guy ropes.
  2. amaferanga

    amaferanga Veteran

    Dunno, but you should turn the bike around so its facing backwards on the car - it'll save your headset.
  3. numbnuts

    numbnuts Legendary Member

    North Baddesley
    Watch out for those barriers at carparks that stop vans and trucks from going in
  4. MacB

    MacB Lover of things that come in 3's

    I'm curious about this, had a quick look on line and the designs seem to be similar. So, do you get a roof rack first then a bike rack/track per bike required? How many can you put on a car roof, are there set distances the bike racks need to be apart on the roof bars? I've never had a roof rack on a car, any recommended brands etc? and the same for the bike racks?

    It could do with a capacity of 5 bikes but accept I may need to go trailer for that many. But would a normal car accomodate 4 bikes on the roof?
  5. Globalti

    Globalti Legendary Member

    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!
  6. mr Mag00

    mr Mag00 rising member

    Deepest Dorset
    why would turning it around save the headset, save it from what. the strain will then be pushing from the rear as opposed to the front i see no benefit
  7. Globalti

    Globalti Legendary Member

    Maybe he meant road salt?

    Feck - I've just clocked the stem on that Giant. Was it built for a giant?

    Some decent knotting there as well, are you a professional driver, Reiver?
  8. mr Mag00

    mr Mag00 rising member

    Deepest Dorset
    and that only affects the front of the car? i dunno
  9. MacB

    MacB Lover of things that come in 3's

    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:evil:
  10. 4F

    4F Active member of Helmets Are Sh*t Lobby

    Have you considered one of those racks that mounts to the tow bar ? Whilst I do not have one myself I have seen a few in use and I think you can get 4 bikes on some of them.
  11. Globalti

    Globalti Legendary Member

    Oh, in answer to your question, if your car has permanent roof bars you need to buy a fitting kit to fit cross bars then buy the accessory kit - skis, boards, canoes, bikes or whatever. I've seen four bikes on roofs, maybe you'd need to do it forward/backward/forward/backward.

    If your car doesn't have roof bars you still need a fitting kit. Then you need the appropriate rubber feet for your car with clamps for the gutters or door frames or special fittings that screw into a threaded hole under a plastic trim. Once you've crossed that hurdle you can fit your cross bars and your accessories. It's all a bit of a minefield and the only manufacturer who I've ever found who has it all sorted is Thule. There are also retailers like who can set you up with the right kit. The most expensive way of doing it is by buying the bits as branded accessories from the car manufacturer.
  12. mr Mag00

    mr Mag00 rising member

    Deepest Dorset
    ...and thule aint cheap either, i understand ebay too as as ppl change cars they sell the unneeded kit
  13. Soltydog

    Soltydog Legendary Member

    near Hornsea
    I have two racks on the roof & wasn't sure how secure the bikes were initially, but they have never budged an inch. :biggrin: They are more secure than a rear mounted rack I have previously used. The tow bar mounted racks are ok, but you need a light board on too, otherwise it's likely your rear lights will be obscured.
    Your roof bars will have a max weight load which may restrict the amount of bikes you can carry. I bought some cheap bars from Argos & I think the weight limit is 50kg, so with the weight of the bike racks & then the bikes, you may be close to the limit.

    I have driven quite a few times with just myself in the car & my bike on the roof & although I drive an estate, why should i put it inside the car after a wet winter ride & ruin my upholstery? Why is it more exposed to salt, wet weather etc when it's on the top of a car rather than riding it in winter :sad:
  14. OP

    Reiver Ribbit, Ribbit.

    Here's another picture of it, completely feck'd up my back, bending too far forward is nae good hence the long stem.
  15. I've got exactly the same model Thule cycle carriers and have used them on numerous occasions to transport bikes to holiday locations and I have never worried about the bike coming off one. As long as they are correctly fitted and adjusted and your roof bars are secure, there's no reason why you should find any different to me.
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