- morning Australia – bike rack question
Sorting stuff to pack for move to Melbourne
Towbar mounted Thule bike rack
? legal in Australia
? will it mount ok – i know US ball size is different to Europe
(provokes question about how big are balls in Aus’)
? Will electrics work – not sure if towbar electrics are Europe only
thanksPosted 5 years ago
Have you looked on the Thule, website to see if they have info regarding this. As for the legality I reckon it will be, IIRC I read a review of one in a local bike mag recently.
The towbar’s here appear to be the box section ones like in the US and then you can add whatever attachment you require to it. Seems a good idea.Posted 5 years agofandangoMember
IIRC there is an Aussie law limiting how far a rear rack can extended the length of the car. I believe it is a fraction of the vehicle’s wheelbase… but for the life of me I cannot remember the rule. I’m sure it only becomes a problem if you have a short car and a multi-bike carrier.Posted 5 years agospannersMember
Hi from Adelaide, SA.Posted 5 years ago
My towball looks the same size as the one I had on my UK car but there are 2 differing electrical plugs. There is the round type as per UK and a flat type (approx 6cmx2cm). My car has the flat one but my trailer is round – you can get adaptors for around 15 bucks.
As per the UK, if your bike blocks the number plate then you’ll need one on the carrier. Assuming VIC is the same as SA, you can only get new plates from the Aus version of DVLA. The police are very strict about traffic laws so its worth getting a plate. There is a bike carrier specific size. I’ve never seen anyone with lights on their carrier.
Make sure your bike and any spare tyres are spotless before they are shipped.
Mike our stuff arrived this week. No bike but a couple of boxes of items that are important to us. It’s been fun opening them even tho I packed them I couldn’t remember what was in them!
Spanner, I’m based in Adelaide too, Woodville area “when” I get a MTB again we could head out for a ride if you like?
Scott.Posted 5 years ago
We shipped with 7seas. It left our UK house on the 30th March and arrived in with us Wednesday which is around the time frame we were given. Nothing was damaged including my golf clubs so I’m happy. Customs however charged me $176 for the privilege of inspecting a couple of the boxes. Cheers.
Anyway it’s like Christmas when it arrives and you’ll be smiling for days!Posted 5 years ago
From some previous threads on shipping etc. I air freighted the bikes (about £150 per bike box up to 32kg) here within 10 days. Quicker to the mainland I reckon.
Stick new tyres on took so long to try and clean mine I gave up
Air freight boxes were unopened by customs.Posted 5 years ago
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