- Oh no you didn't. Oh yes I did and I hope I'm not the only one this thick.
Coming back from the Wyre today. Missus says she wants to stop off at the tesco express for some GOT popcorn. ??Posted 5 years ago
I’m my usual compliant self and head for it. At the last minute she says. Oh! Just go to the main tesco. It should still be open.
Dutifully and blindly, I make a B line for it and head straight down the ramp to the parking lot.
Needless to say, I quickly stopped as my canondale ripped down the low height swinging board thingy.
What made it worse is that it wrecked the front wheel and snapped off my seat pin.
I’m feeling pretty dumb about the whole thing and after providing my details to the store manager, I slinked off to mope and ponder the financial consequences. No doubt they will be huge and enduring.Garry_LagerSubscriber
Damn – that’s bad. I would easily do the same thing which is why I wouldn’t trust myself with a bike up top.
Sounds like you might have got away with it, to an extent, if the frame is OK? Or are you concerned that Tesco man’s swinging board is going to dent your insurance premium?Posted 5 years agomuggomagicSubscriber
A few years back I went Evans in Gatwick to “take a look”. The mrs and kids decided they all wanted to come too.Posted 5 years ago
While I was there I was taken by a trek remedy 9, took it for a little spin and decided I had to have it and bought the bike. I then realised that it wouldn’t fit in the car as the family had come with me and it’s a good 1.5 hours round trip at that time of the day, so I bought a Thule roof mounted bike rack too.
Got out to the car park fitted the bike rack and loaded up the bike. Drove off just thinking I cannot wait to get out on the new bike, when I noticed a couple of the staff waving as a car behind tooted me. I pulled up thinking I must have forgotten something, when I got out I heard them shouting “watch out for the barrier!” 😳
I was very embarrassed, but far more grateful.bolMember
Yep, I’ve done it. Hit a fixed hight barrier pulling into a forest car park that I hadn’t been to before. It peeled the roof rack off the top of my new car, but did surprisingly little damage to my bike, other than trashing the forks and a shifter. Theorist it was seeing it all happen in slow motion in the rear view mirror. Easily done. Haven’t done it since.Posted 5 years agoglobaltiMember
OK when there are people in the car you’ve no choice but I often see cyclists in EMPTY cars with bikes displayed like trophies on the roof where they can be seen by thieves, stolen, hit by barriers and soaked in salty water. Not to mention the increase in fuel consumption. Mad. We regularly get 3 bikes plus 3 people safely inside our Passat estate and we’ve even had 4+4 on occasions.Posted 5 years agohonourablegeorgeMember
I’ve done that with me mate’s bike on the roof. The barrier was one that hangs from posts on two chains. We heard the bang thought “Oh no” and got out of the car. We had hit the barrier, it swung up, cleared the bike and came down the other side. No damage to anything.
Was a pretty effective warning, not done it since.Posted 5 years agoMarkSubscriber
One of these helps.Posted 5 years ago
Did something similar. Was with canoes tho rather than bikes.
We have a courtyard sort of driveway with the garage opposite the house. Have a couple of washing lines strung between the two. Started reversing out. Line was left hanging down and heard a bang.
Thought “bugger, just pulled the washing line out the wall.” Got out and it had ripped one roof bar completely off the car and bent the other one at the attachment points.
TLDR… Washing lines are actually quite strong. Don’t drive at them.Posted 5 years agocardoSubscriber
Nearly done this but without the bike, my faux pas was with our old camper van with the plastic pop top. We left the campsite, had a bite to eat came back to site quite late not realising they had pulled across a barrier to stop people nicking caravans… The noise of barrier hitting plastic roof and ripping off the skylight was pretty horrible and made a bit of a mess…. my how we laughed.Posted 5 years agoprojectMember
Tesco Chester a woman tesco driver drove one of their delivery vans up the ramp and destroyed the whole overhanging roof of the car park.
Male Asda delivery van driver reversed under our low arch smashed the back of his van then blamed us,despite signs, large steel scalping bar and hi viz tape on bar.
Get a mirror from halfords and fix to dash board with blue tack pointing towards roof, youll know whats happening oop there then.Posted 5 years agoDeveron53Member
Somewhere online I saw a hinged, spring loaded sign that sticks on the bonnet with magnets. As you drive along, the wind blows it flat, but as you slow down, it pops up and warns you about ‘toys on top’. looked very handy.Posted 5 years ago
I always buy a car that will get at least 2 people and 2 bikes in. My car is a motorised bike storage shed.hjghg5Member
Motorised bike storage shed pretty much describes my car too. Except sometimes it’s filled with other stuff and the bikes don’t fit in (mainly camping stuff) so we pondered roof or tow bar. I ended up going for the tow bar option for precisely this reason. If there’s room they’ll still go inside, but it’s nice to have another option if the car’s full or they’re stupidly muddy.Posted 5 years agopedladMember
Done it on a barrier over bridge in own village 😳Posted 5 years ago
Bike fine but roof bars pulled backwards along car so it looked like someone had tried to open the roof with a giant can opener…..and it trashed the boot…..and the rear lights……and the back window. I may have said a rude word.
4 weeks in body shop.
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