Bike Racks

Take the tension out of transporting your bike with a useful bike rack


Posted: 23 November 2009

 Pendle Wheel Support Bike Rack, £181.70

This system requires your full concentration for the initial build but once constructed it's a no-fuss rack that will fit most vehicles with a tow bar. The wheels of your bike sit into D-loops, which are part of the main frame, while a vertical bar separates the bikes and provides a fixing point for the seat tube. Three straps per bike hold everything securely in place and a light and number-plate board are part of the basic setup. The real beauty of this system, however, is its versatility: the basic package comes with D-loops for two bikes but this can be converted to take three or four bikes, and you can also buy different D-loops for children's bikes or to fit wider mountain bike tyres.

Contact: www.pendle-bike.co.uk

Twinny Load, £373.99

For instant fit and removal, it's hard to beat Twinny's luxurious and robust system that easily slots and locks onto your tow bar system. Even with the bike rack fitted you can access the boot so it could stay permanently on your vehicle. It also comes with its own lighting board and number plate. Slipping and securing the bikes onto the rack is easy; the wheels sit in rails
and are secured with straps, and an adjustable arm locks onto the down tube of the bike's
main frame to hold everything in place. On the move everything is secure and because the bikes sit low they don't rattle and you can still see out of the back window.

Contact www.fisheroutdoor.co.uk

Mont Blanc EasyGrip S2, £135

If you don't have a tow bar fitted to your car and you are looking for a temporary bike carrier this is a good option. It takes a little time to set up out of the box but once built it's relatively quick to fit to the boot and over the back window. It'll hold two bikes and they both sit partially above the car with the wheels over the back window but clear of the registration plate. That said, you can't access the boot when the rack is fitted. Although bikes are easy to fit into the frame and are securely held by arms that swing down and clamp on the crossbar it doesn't always feel that way and there is some buffeting from the wind, particularly at motorway speeds.

Contact www.montblancuk.co.uk



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