- Tow ball mounted racks – Giving up on Thule – what now?
Another vote for Pendle racks herePosted 7 years agoStonerMember
following a chat with a guy from the roof box company while at the cycle show at NEC earlier this year, an Altera Strada is what Im going to go for soon. I have a Fiamma one on the back of the T4 but its too shandy poof. The struts have bent, the fittings weather badly and seize.Posted 7 years ago
So I shall fit a tow ball to the chassis and then stick a strada on it to cart 4x family bikes around for the next 15 years.rudedogMember
I’ve got the 2 bike version of your Thule and have found that if I rotate the cranks on the outermost bike so that its resting against the divider of the rack, there is much more clearance between the bikes and rubbing isn’t an issue.
I just make sure I strap both the crank and the downtube of the bike to the upright of the carrier for a bit more security.
I’d imagine the same would work for the 3 bike version – worth a try at least before shelling out on a new rack.Posted 7 years agocoolhandlukeMember
I can get three bikes onto my Thule ride on 3. Only £160 of course bikes need to be put on with thought so as to avoid handle bars and pedals clashing but I am yet to resort to use of an Allen key to sort that issue.
OK, its meant to tilt out the way so you can open the boot but it doesn’t tilt enough. ho hum.Posted 7 years agob rMember
Pendle very secure but boy does it trash fuel consumption
Never had a roof mounted rack c/w bikes? My Thule roof bars/rack took 3mpg off the car even without the bikes…
Tow bar racks seem to be variable on mpg impact, on previous Omega and Vectra no impact – current 5 series, about 3-4 mpg.Posted 7 years agobruneepSubscriber
I can do some pics later of Aiston rack, they don’t fit onto the tow ball you need this http://www.pendle-bike.co.uk/shopping/ta-bm-adapt.php. Again can do pics later.
Had no issues with either the Aiston or the TA to BM adaptor.
BPosted 7 years agostevehSubscriber
The bike wheels sit in a groove each side and these can be slid in and out depending on the size of the bike. Each bike position has a vertical pole as well (that can be fitted in two positions, approx. 6″ either side of centre). A coated u shaped bracket fits over this vertical pole and the U shape section fits over a frame tube, a single bolt then does this up securely to the upright. It’s super solid and much better than the pendle where the bikes are just strapped to an upright.Posted 7 years agowoots787Member
Hi Bruneep, I’ve used an Aiston rack happily for years (funnily enough recommended by Steve H – he must be on commission) but have recently changed to a car with a removable rather than flange mount towbar. While googling to work out which Thule to buy I found this thread.
The adapter you’ve linked to would save me £200 on a new rack so is very tempting, especially as I like the Aiston. What weight of bikes have you used with the adapter and what sort of pace of driving (i.e. it would give me loads of confidence if while driving with heavy dh bikes on you regularly hit the bumpstops through compressions but the rack doesn’t slip)! Cheers,
JohnPosted 7 years agoxcentricMember
sorry for slight thread hijack, but do people use lighting boards with these? need to get towbar etc on my car to fit a rack, and a towbar would be cheap but the lightng connection kit is expensive (S-Max uses canbus so makes it an expensive fitting). Can I just bolt the towbar on and get away with just that?Posted 7 years agobruneepSubscriber
I was in the same situation, new car with detachable. . New rack or £30 for adaptor.
I’ve had 2 DH bikes on it with no issues at all. Obviously I stay within the speed limits and drive very carefully on public roads. The adaptor has never slipped or moved once.
It is a a extra lump of metal on the tow ball, but I only use my tow bar for my bike rack I leave it on the detachable ball. If you want pics I can do some.
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