Cycle rack for cars

Discussion in 'Components, Accessories and Clothing' started by Swanage53, 16 Sep 2018.

  1. Swanage53

    Swanage53 Regular

    Location:
    North Hampshire
    Ladies and Gentlemen,
    I am fairly new to this cycling world and even newer to this forum - see yesterday's introduction, so apologies if this has been asked before or even if I am asking in the wrong place.
    Up until about a year ago I had an estate car which was great for loading bikes in ghe back, however we sold that on and we currently have a 4 door mini cooperon a 17 plate ( I know it's not a real mini and is a BMW in disguise) and an 07 Vauxhall Tigra convertible, which I know is a totally silly car but loads of fun and we enjoy it immensely. Obviously with 2 silly little cars neither of which has a towbar, transporting bikes is not easy! Taking into consideration that the mini is a lease car and therefore I assume we are restricted on what we can fit to it and the Tigra has a curious hydraulic affair to allow the boot to open both as a boot and to drop the roof down, can anybody suggest any cost-effective(aka cheap) racks etc?
    Thanks in advance for suggestions/advice.
     
  2. steven1988

    steven1988 Senior Member

    Location:
    Sheffield
    I think your options are limited to something like this https://www.seasucker.com/collections/bike

    Ive never used one so can not comment on quality or sturdyness
     
  3. Slick

    Slick Veteran

    If weight isn't an issue, I found the 3 bike carrier from Halfords to be perfect and can be adjusted to suit most rear ends including saloons.
     
  4. OP
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    Swanage53

    Swanage53 Regular

    Location:
    North Hampshire
    I have had good reports about these, although a tad pricey for ocvasional use.
     
  5. OP
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    Swanage53

    Swanage53 Regular

    Location:
    North Hampshire
    Can you clarify about weight? I am only going to move 1 bike at a time. Either a Trek Domane AL3 or Giant Defy, so I assume that carrying one of these at a a time will be fine?
     
  6. vickster

    vickster Legendary Member

    Surely you could put it in the mini? Seats down. Front wheel off if needed. I used to get a bike in my Mk 1 3 door Cooper S Works (sluggish car though :whistle:)
     
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  7. Slick

    Slick Veteran

    Yes, one or even both together would be fine. I regularly carried 2 bikes using one of these racks but the only mention of weight was because once Mrs Slick decided she wanted an ebike, I had to upgrade to a tow bar rack.
     
  8. NorthernDave

    NorthernDave Never used Über Member

    I used to have one of the Halfords 3 bike racks and it was perfectly acceptable for what it was (although we only ever carried a maximum of two bikes on it) - it might complicate matters if it obscures the lights / number plate on your car(s), but that wasn't an issue on mine.

    A friend has a Fiesta on lease and specified it with roof bars and bike carrier as part of the package, which might not be much use to you now but something to consider in the future?
     
  9. CarlP

    CarlP Guru

    Does your MINI Clubman have roof rails?
     
  10. The OP doesn't say it's a Clubman, just referred to it as a Cooper.

    To the OP, roof bars don't have to cost a lot, (plenty on eBay etc). Then a couple of Thule racks would sort you out. When you change the Mini you may be able to get new feet for the roof bars, if not you won't have a pro Len selling them and getting new ones for the new car, the Thule racks wilw fit on any bars so you simply transfer those.

    Anything is possible no matter how impractical a car is ^_^

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  11. CarlP

    CarlP Guru

    Ah yes, I mis-read the post. Ignore me. As you were.
     
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  12. OP
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    Swanage53

    Swanage53 Regular

    Location:
    North Hampshire
    Unfortunately not, it is a Cooper. But that would have been an ideal solution.
     
  13. OP
    OP
    Swanage53

    Swanage53 Regular

    Location:
    North Hampshire
    Didn't the Sky team use the F type jag for a while?
     
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  14. Sure did :okay:

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