Yesterday we had set aside the day to do a bike ride with the kids... chosen our destination - The Strawberry Line in Somerset, and all we had to do was put the bikes on and off we go.................. or not. It took 1 and half hours to get 4 bikes on the towbar rack ... we have done it before in a shorter time than that. Mr Summerdays also managed to brake the light fitting on the bike rack and the light casing on the car. Neighbours felt the need to come by and make comments about how long he had been trying so we were obviously providing the entertainment for the surrounding houses. Is there a special nack of putting the bikes on ... there were loads of other cars with bike racks in the car park but mostly the ones mounted on the back of the car, although I saw some removing the front wheel. I wondered if it would help to remove a pedal (not that I've ever done that to know if it was easy). And the Strawberry Line - well not over crowded despite being a Bank Holiday, good car park, but a couple of sections of road - one quite busy for the smallest on a 16" bike, and worst of all - its the first time I have come across a particular type of gate in which the handlebars don't fit, so a bit of a struggle to get the adult bikes through. We didn't do the whole line as it started to spot with rain just as we reached the tunnel (and guess who decided to leave all the waterproofs in the car). We turned back, loaded the rack up - quicker to come home, got in the car and the heavens opened ... so good timing by us at that point.