Cycle carrier .

Discussion in 'Components, Accessories and Clothing' started by Trigger369, 13 Jun 2018.

  1. Trigger369

    Trigger369 Well-Known Member

    Can anyone recommend a decent cycle carrier ?
    Was looking one for taking bike on holidays . I'm looking more toward a roof carrier tho I will still need to buy roof bars first at around £75 . What's better or easier to use, one that uses the front wheel quick release or fixed on the down tube .
    Don't really fancy the rear mounted carrier as i hear they scratch the car or they block the car plates or lights ?
    What's ur experiences please
     
  2. Drago

    Drago Guru

    Location:
    Poshamptonshire.
    Thule 532. The sweet sport for price, usefulness, and sturdy finish. You can spend less and would likely regret it eventually, and you could spend more but won't be brining anything else useful to the party.

    It's the bears porridge...just right.
     
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  3. OP
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    Trigger369

    Trigger369 Well-Known Member

    Just the one bike
     
  4. OP
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    Trigger369

    Trigger369 Well-Known Member

    Didn't say but the car is a hyaundi Tuscon
     
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  5. NorthernDave

    NorthernDave Never used Über Member

    I've got a Thule 598 and it's spot on for what I need.
     
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  6. Drago

    Drago Guru

    Location:
    Poshamptonshire.
    I use the 532 on its sister car, the new Sportage.
     
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    Trigger369

    Trigger369 Well-Known Member

    That's another thing I might only use it now and agian and not regular use . So I don't want to be spending big money fitting roof bars would be cheaper than a towbar
     
  8. Broadside

    Broadside Veteran

    Location:
    Fleet, Hants
    Thule 591 here which clamps the Downtube, very easy to use and great for occasional use.

    These days I transport 3-5 bikes every weekend for cycle club and going out on family rides so I have a towbar Thule Rack as well which is brilliant but is a very expensive option for just one bike.
     
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  9. 13 rider

    13 rider Guru

    Location:
    leicester
    I use a Thule one that you remove the front wheel and lock on like a quick release very stable . If your bikes carbon I would not want to clamp the downtube that's why I went with the front wheel removed one . Have carried a steel bike with a borrowed carrier that clamped the downtube but I feel the wheel removed one folds the bike more firmly
     
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  10. 13 rider

    13 rider Guru

    Location:
    leicester
    Looked up model number thule 561
    There seems to be Thule theme here . My cousin used to work in Halfords (car side )and rates Thule products very highly they virutaly never had any faulty returns .
     
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  11. OP
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    Trigger369

    Trigger369 Well-Known Member

    Does the Thule 532 clamp on either side of the down tube or wrap around the tube. Just wondering as I've 2 bottle cages on the bike and not much room inbetween?
     
  12. Drago

    Drago Guru

    Location:
    Poshamptonshire.
    It's clamps the sides, but it has a slight wedge shape and a very grippy rubber face on the jaws so it's very secure. Bottle cages, nae problem. It's very good on odd shaped tube profiles too, like my full squidge MTB.
     
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  13. furball

    furball Veteran

    As well as the roof bars and the bike clamp you will need the correct fixtures to secure the bars to your car. Total cost of all the parts between £250 and £300.
     
  14. the stupid one

    the stupid one Senior Member

    Location:
    NWUK
    Oh dear, a friend of mine (genuinely, not me) fell for this a couple of weeks ago. His wife, instead of shouting STOP!, just quietly asked him what he was doing as he blithely covered the last few metres before impact.

    He has some wheels waiting to be trued.
     
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  15. Spiderweb

    Spiderweb Über Member

    Location:
    North Yorkshire
    Thule 591 for me.
     
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