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Old 29 June 2007, 20:31   #1
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towball bike rack

anybody had any experience of these? (or know of a better/cheaper alternative) they seem a brilliant idea... just like to hear if anyones had one snap off on the M1 or something before I buy?!

http://www.maxxraxx.co.uk/Benefits/c...bike_rack.html

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Old 30 June 2007, 01:51   #2
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I've used a pendle bike rack for years, heavy but reasonably engineered. Just have to keep remembering that you cant fully open the rear door on my Land Rover once it's on.
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I had a Witter equivalent for a while. Worked fine with no issues I can remember. Also used a "bent" one on a Freelander that curved up around the spare - again no problems.

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I have the 5 bike MAXXRAXX fitted to my D3 with the swan neck hitch fitting!
Works well but you need to have a cross bar or fit a bar from seat post to handle bars! Good bit of kit & you can tilt it away from the car which allows me to open the top back door!
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If you plan to tow at the same time do you need to carefully consider the tow-hitch weight?

For example does the weight of this and the bikes become part of the recommended towhitch load?

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If you plan to tow at the same time do you need to carefully consider the tow-hitch weight?

For example does the weight of this and the bikes become part of the recommended towhitch load?

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I'd assume it must as it adds to the weight going through the bar into the car.
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Thanks for those - I wasn't aware there were so many companies doing towball mounted carriers.

decided to go with a Thule as it is pretty compact and supports the bikes by the wheels and the frames in the middle via padded post - it also tilts to allow access to the boot.

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Thule-Rideon-9...QQcmdZViewItem


now, just have to wait for my new frame to turn up and I'll have something to hang on it!
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Yep mine's great, door opening is a pain as already stated. Don't forget to use a number plate on the last bike or lighting board otherwise the boys in blue will have you, happy biking.
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These devices are a pain IMHO. My father has (a witter towbar mounted) one; its a pain because you can't get into the boot. I've taken to just putting the bikes in the rib well strapped down; much easier!
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These devices are a pain IMHO. My father has (a witter towbar mounted) one; its a pain because you can't get into the boot. I've taken to just putting the bikes in the rib well strapped down; much easier!
Its a bit much towing a boat around just to carry your bikes!!
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