Transporting bikes.....

Discussion in 'Bicycle Mechanics and Repairs' started by Stevie135, 21 Jul 2012.

  1. Stevie135

    Stevie135 Regular

    Location:
    Liverpool
    Hello
    This question may seem out of place perhaps however..... Does anyone have any experience of fitting a bike rack to an Audi A6 saloon?

    My wife and I are really getting into our cycling but want to be able to travel a little so we can experience different areas etc however no one seems to sell a carrier for my car - very frustrating.

    Any help/advice greatly appreciated.

    Many thanks
     
  2. Broadside

    Broadside Veteran

    Location:
    Fleet, Hants
    The boot mounted carriers are not useable with all cars especially if there is a lot of plastic trim.

    Have you looked getting roof bars and then putting bike carriers on top? Have a look at roofbox.co.uk

    Alternatively get a towbar and then put a Thule or Atera cycle rack on it, this is a great solution but can work out pricey if you also need to get a towbar fitted. I would have done this but for the cost, I went with Thule roofbars and Thule 591 bike carriers instead.
     
  3. tahir

    tahir Regular

    hi

    i have a an audi a6 saloon 2007 model

    i was recommended to go onto Thule website and it has a fitting guide for ur car

    select your car and it will give u an idea what u will need in terms of fixing kits and locks etc

    i have used that list and bought mine as and when they have come up cheap and local to me( best to shop around on net/ebay as items are pricey

    but my friend has the Thule system and it is good quality and easy to use

    i am hoping to put my roof rack on to my car in the next week so if ur car is same let me know and i will put photos up etc

    hope that helps

    tahir
    blackburn
     
  4. OP
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    Stevie135

    Stevie135 Regular

    Location:
    Liverpool
    Thanks for the advice - I think the roof bar option may be the way to go. I can get something for around £200 that way (halfords). The tow bar option whilst prefered would run to £600!
     
  5. Mr Finch

    Mr Finch Regular

    Location:
    Fareham, Hampshire
  6. Fnaar

    Fnaar Smutmaster General

    Location:
    Thumberland
    I got some roof bars from Halfords a couple of years ago. I was dithering over the Thule or Halfords own choice, when the (for once) experienced and trusty Halfords employee informed me that they were essentially the same model, and were in fact made for Halfords by Thule. No idea if this was true or not, but they've been fine, and were significantly cheaper:smile:

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  7. OP
    OP
    Stevie135

    Stevie135 Regular

    Location:
    Liverpool
    Many thanks for all the advice - I've just pleaced an order - thanks to Mr Finch (and his misplaced childhood) for the link. Only very slightly more than Halfords so I'm well pleased! Combination of Thule and Atera, fingers crossed they work as good as they look!

    Cheers

    Steve
     
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  8. Mr Finch

    Mr Finch Regular

    Location:
    Fareham, Hampshire
    Awesome! It's amazing how many people recognise that album cover. :smile:
     
  9. Falwheeler

    Falwheeler Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Falmouth Cornwall
    I used to use rear mounted carriers but never really liked them and my new car needed a special relay for the light board costing £90 so I bought roof bars and carrier, best bit of kit I've bought in a long time. Just don't forget the bikes are up there when going under barriers or in car parks
     
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