Cycle rack

Dishy

Active Member
Location
Coventry
I'm looking to buy a cycle rack for the back of my ford kuga and wondered what people reccomend? I dont want roof bars as I chance my car regularly so looking for something that can be used on more than 1 model of car. Looking to ideally carry 2 bikes
 

PeteXXX

Cake or ice cream? The choice is endless ...
Location
Hamtun
Saris Bones.. Job done! :okay:
 
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Dishy

Dishy

Active Member
Location
Coventry
That's what I was looking at, when I look at car type it doesn't recommend mounting on the boot? Is that just a myth?
 

Drago

Flouncing Nobber
Location
Poshshire
Avoid anything that rests on the glass, unless you like buying new glass and retrieving squashed bicycles from the carriageway. Most coppers have been to a few of those.
 
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Dishy

Dishy

Active Member
Location
Coventry
If that's the case would have to be tow bar mount which I haven't got. Or roof mount but have to buy roof bars! Didnt want to fo this route as had roof bars before but only fit that car so useless when I swapped
 

Drago

Flouncing Nobber
Location
Poshshire
Does your car have roof rails? Then bars should be easy to swap on to your next car. Buy some of the decent multi fitment ones, not application specific ones.
 

guitarpete247

Just about surviving
Location
Leicestershire
Thule bars are easily sold on via Ebay. You might even keep the bars and just need to swap the fitting kit.
 
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Dishy

Dishy

Active Member
Location
Coventry
Yes have roof rails but no roof bars, which roof bars do u recommend? Had official ford ones on my focus but they dont fit the kuga so sold them
 

Pedropete

Über Member
Location
West Sussex, UK
In a similar vein to others here, I wouldn't touch a tailgate mounted rack. Even the 'good' ones can be a right pain in the backside and it's too easy to think they're secure when they're not. Getting harder than ever to mount them on modern cars too. Would only consider roof or towbar mounted options, with preference being towbar.
 

KneesUp

Guru
I had a Saris bones on a hire car once (own car written off, not my fault, couldn't use car for planned trip as it had no tow bar, insurance co. paid for a strap on rack on proviso I sent it to them when I was done) I didn't like it at all. I felt the need to check and tighten the straps every hour or so, and it still felt only semi-attached. In comparison I drove to Bordeaux and back with my own tow bar mounted rack and didn't worry about the bikes at all.

A tow bar needn't be too expensive if you get an indie specialist to fit it - I got mine fitted for £60 by a guy who is a mobile tow bar fitter. You do need to declare it as a 'mod' to the insurance, although it shouldn't affect the cost.
 

GuyBoden

Fat bloke, pedalling slowly and enjoying the ride.
Location
Warrington
I've never used my rack, because I'm not convinced of it's safety, but I did buy two additional car tow straps (Home Bargains), which tie completely around the bike, the rack, the car's boot/hatch and then lock.
 
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