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Old 20 April 2011, 14:07   #1
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Tow ball cycle carriers

Anyone have experience with tow ball mounted cycle carriers? I am looking for one to carry 2 bikes on a discovery 4 with removable towballl.

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Remember if towing as well, by using the bike rack you could be overloading the Bracket and reducing the nose weight of the trailer to compensate is not a safe option.
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I had a Thule Euro Rack on a Discovery with a detachable tow ball, it worked really well and carried three bikes no problem. Two bike version also available.
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Most balls will be rated to 60 - 80 Kg load (for a disco sized car) so should take two bikes easy enough , is there one that lets you put on a trailer too ? .. I thought they all used the ball its self

Anyhoo , strikes me as a better idea rather than one that uses the plastic bumper to carry the weight, or hangs it off the boot lid
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Most balls will be rated to 60 - 80 Kg load (for a disco sized car) so should take two bikes easy enough , is there one that lets you put on a trailer too ? .. I thought they all used the ball its self

Anyhoo , strikes me as a better idea rather than one that uses the plastic bumper to carry the weight, or hangs it off the boot lid
Yes they are available to allow towing as well ! As you say brackets are rated at around the 75Kg mark which is around nose weight recommended on those vehicles so could be marginal. But of course if it is the type that does not allow towing, then problem solved!!
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I've used roof ones and towball ones - of the towball- i liked the witter ones-didnt block the towball, and after buying 2 mounts, the actual rack could swop easily between our 2 cars- but they needed the type of towball that fastened onto a towbar bracket- there was a version to go on a 4/4 with spare wheel on the back, - i'm currently using a thule 3 bike carrier, great/amazing, and with the lights built in- but expensive, and i'm not sure if you need a slightly different one with a 4/4, but I know a friend had one on his disco. much more secure than the 'strap mounted' ones seen on the back of lots of cars, but it does, as others have said stop you towing (where the roof ones came in )
or try a 'mont blanc' - looks like the thule, but maybe?? not as expensive

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I use a Tow ball mounted carrier regularly on my D3, which is fitted with the adjustable 'fixed' towball instead of the removeable one.

We now fit three adult and one slightly smaller bike on it with ease, and it's far more stable than I ever thought it would be.

New Bike Rack

I find it very good, although you obviously can't tow anything at the same time. I understand the newer ones are lighter etc, but being a flat platform I could carry all sorts on mine.

I do however run a chain around it and the towbar mounts when we leave the car whilst off on the bikes.

There is a lot of discussion and useful information about them over on www.disco3.co.uk

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I have used the clipper type from Towsure 46 and it has done the job for 5 years with no probs.
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Old 20 April 2011, 17:38   #9
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I have used the clipper type from Towsure 46 and it has done the job for 5 years with no probs.
Me too - around 10 years now without a problem. It's the type that fits onto a heavy steel plate between the towball & towbar, which means you can carry bikes & tow at the same time.

http://www.towsure.com/product/Clipp..._Cycle_Carrier

They also do a version which fits directly onto the towball for 31.95 which may suit a disco with removable towball:

http://www.towsure.com/product/Clipp..._Cycle_Carrier
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For a removeable tow bar the only one that will let you carry bikes and tow at the same time (as far as I can find) is Maxxraxx
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