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Old 02 July 2007, 07:35   #11
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Its a bit much towing a boat around just to carry your bikes!!
although probably not a bad idea in some parts of the country at the moment
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Old 03 July 2007, 17:45   #12
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Like Simon B I have a Pendle rack http://www.pendle-bike.co.uk/nulldet...Support%20Rack which is very well designed, well made, and easy to load the bikes on to. Yes it's a pain that you can't open the boot, but at least it's 100% safe. Have transported bikes hundreds of miles on it, and you can get away with no surcharge on cross channel ferries with most cars (depends on the length).
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Old 04 July 2007, 08:34   #13
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I have used one of these for years with no problems. Mine doesn't actually sit on the ball though. It slides into the hitch receiver and is very stable. I used to usea roof rack, but the height of my truck makes it a pain to load.

Of course I can't pull the boat when I'm using the hitch, but that doesn't tend to be a problem... The odd time when I wanted both, I just put the bikes in the boat... (making certain that they aren't rubbing on anything!)
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got the Thule last night - built it in about 30mins - result was very good. Very well finished, sturdy and once fitted on the towball, considering it literally only attaches to the towball I was amazed how rigid it was. Felt like I could have lifted the car up by it (sometimes i don't know my own strength!!)

Also comes with a nice light board and Ive ordered a couple of plates to use on it. The release mech for dropping the bikes forward and getting into the boot is great - two knobs which undo fully in about 30secs. It also takes about a minute to hang on the towball too.

Haven't actually tried a bike on the back yet because mines somewhere in america! - but will borrow one from someone at the weekend.

Very good VFM for 70quid delivered off ebay.
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