A recent change of car has meant a rethink for our bike transport. Our previous car had roof rails and so we used the Thule 591 roof carrier- a great bit of kit. Quick, easy and a secure way to carry 2 bikes. Now our 5 year old's bike is too big for the boot with any luggage, on our last trip I added a 3rd 591 carrier: quite tricky to get the middle bike loaded on a tall car. With a bigger bike coming for his 3 year old brother and I new car with a roof I can hardly reach with a sponge, 4 bikes on the tow bar seems an easier solution!
We need to carry 3 bikes at the moment but would require 4 bikes in the future. I'd want the bikes to have 'gutter' wheel supports rather than swing off their top tubes, and I'd like to be able to tilt the rack when loaded to enable us to open the splint rear hatch. I'd also want to be able to easily lock the bikes to the rack and the rack to the tow bar.
The Thule range seems pretty good. The Thule 9403 seems very good value at about £160 although I think locks are extra and it looks to only carry 3 bikes. The Thule Euroclassic 929 does everything we need and carries 4 bikes but comes in at over £500. Is it worth the difference?(ignoring our future need to carry 4 bikes).
Are there any other contenders I've overlooked?
Any advice from owners would be really helpful...