Roof Bars – Thule or something cheaper?
I’d always used Thule but went for Atera this time round – they do an aerobar that has a permanent rubber strip in front of the T-track rather than a removable one inside it. Much more convenient and quieter when you’ve got a bike rack fitted compared to Thules without the strip. Quite a bit cheaper too.
What is in Thule’s favour is that the bars are generic (just a few different lengths), then a few types of feet, then the car-specific part is a fairly cheap fitting kit. So often when you change cars it’s just a new fitting kit and you’re good to go.Posted 2 months agopocpocSubscriber
I recently splashed out on some thule bars for a Peugeot 5008. I could have got some cheaper ones, but when you looked at the instructions all of the other ones had ridiculously complicated fixing systems that involved dismantling various components one each foot and looked a right faff. The Thule ones are a simple loosening of a single bolt of each foot and have clearly been well thought out and actually designed and considered for usability.Posted 2 months agowwpaddlerMember
If money is tight look on gumtree for 2nd hand bars and feet / fitting kits. Bars are normally $10-$25 and the feet / fitting kits as little as $15-$20. They’re often in really good condition as they’ve been used so little before a car has been changed. (Few people use them every week like mountain bikers and other sports people – most are used for a couple of holidays)Posted 2 months agoflannolMember
I bought the aerobars myself
Since having an interest in roofbars I have actually noticed them sometimes coming up on fb buy/sell cycling marketplace groups second hand and thought I should’ve thought to look beforehand. They will be good forever so second hand could save some cash
Definitely a purchase for lifePosted 2 months agostumpy01Member
I’ve borrowed the Thule aerobars for my car that use the heavy rubber strap to fix to the roof rails and found them a bit of a faff.
They were ok, but because the rubber is so grippy, getting them in place and removing them afterwards was a bit of a struggle.
When I decided to get my own bars, I considered the Thule ones but ended up with the Atera Signo bars from roofbox.co.uk – they were reduced from £300 to £135.
They fit much easier to the rails and feel just as secure. They were also quieter than the Thule ones.
But, you can’t buy a longer rail with the same feet if you get a bigger car for example, which you can do with the Thule ones. So, if it turns out in the future they are not compatible with a new car, there is no way of making them fit.Posted 2 months ago
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