- Thule Freeride 530, roof rack interface issues…
I’ve just bought a couple of Thule Freeride 530 roof mounted cycle carriers to replace my wobbly old Halfords jobbies.
Did a trial fit up last night and although I’m happy with the way the carrier holds the bike, there’s a bit of an issue with the way the carrier mounts to my roof rack.
Because the two bars on my roof rack are very close together (less than 2’ apart) and the front mount of the carrier is fixed, the whole thing sits too far back on the car with the centre of gravity slightly behind the rear roof rack bar.
I’ve noticed the front mount of the carrier is clamped tight with a couple of rivets and was hoping I could just chop these off, re-position the mount and re-clamp with nuts and bolts.
Has anyone had similar issues and is this ^^^ likely to work?
Thanks in advance.Posted 6 years ago
Same basic design but the Thule seems much more solid.
With the Halfords one, the tyres sit on a single beam (which allows the front wheel to wobble about) whereas with the Thule, there’s 2 rails that the tyre sits in between.
My Halford one also seemed to have a lot of play in the downtube support so the whole bike would lean from side to side.
I’ve had it a long time and nothing’s ever actually fallen off but it’s not great for confidence looking up and seeing so much movement!Posted 6 years ago
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