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  1. Good day all, I'd appreciate your feedback on loading bikes onto a rack, specifically a 3 bike hanging rack, Thule raceway 3, with one adult, one junior and one kiddies bike, without any bikes touching. Additionally, how safe is the Thule frame adapter, and has it ever come loose? I have found that resting the junior bike on it's bottom tube of the triangle effectively raising it above the rack, with the adult bike on the frame adapter, assists in keeping spacing between the bikes, though the junior bike is then not 'hanging'. Is this recommended for loading or with that much of weight above the rack, does it cause the bike to sway or fall over? Additionally, is it common practice to turn the bar to align with the top tube, to avoid the bar going through the spokes of the next bike? And do I remove the pedals to avoid them knocking into the vehicle or the next bike? I'm welcome to suggestions for short, 50km, or 1000km journeys. Trust my explanation is clear. edit- pic attached. the kiddies bike will have the bar turned so as to keep the wheel flush and not protruding. Ideally, I would like all bikes to be only as high as the first bike, though the wheels rub against the gear selector and levers. Will play around with a few more setups, with pool noodles or try 'wrapping' the bikes in foam to avoid contact.
  2. Hi Does anyone know what mounting kit is needed to fit Thule bars in Securi lid? or is it a custom made thing?
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  4. Hi guys. Has anyone got any suggestions on a roof rack carrier for a tandem? I know Thule make one but it is prohibitively expensive, R8k to R10K. Any thoughts, comments or suggestions would be welcome. Matt
  5. A TreeFrog bike carrier is quite literally the last bike carrier you will ever need to buy. Whether you change cars often, like to switch between several household cars, or simply cannot justify the cost of a tow bar or roof racks plus a bike rack to transport your bike, a TreeFrog bike carrier is your final solution. Any bike, and car, any time. No tow bar or roof racks required. Fits and removes in under 1 minute without the need for a single tool!
  6. Anyone us this ugly duckling that can give me some feedback? Seems like good value for a two-bike carrier. How does bikes actually secure to the upright part? Easy to use? Solid quality? Any security - bike lock etc? How does it look folded - semi neat? Thanks
  7. Hi Hubbers, Just looking to find out if anyone has installed an aftermarket Thule Fixed Towbar on a VW Golf (GTI) or any other car for that matter, & what is your thoughts on the product. I am looking for a solution to carry 2 bikes, and am against the roof racks & was advised against the hatch back carriers because the boot spoiler could get damaged. The Thule fitment center quoted me R3100 for the fixed tow bar & then R1200 for the 2 bike carrier, so all fitted R4300. My only concern was how it will look on the vehicle, as they would need to cut into the bottom of the bumper to install the tow bar. I've been told that I should maybe visit a Kwik fit etc, as it might be cheaper & they do the Bosal tow bars, but not sure as those ones may not look as good as the thule ones. Any thoughts, ideas, advise for me on this one. Thanks guys...
  8. Does anyone here have experience or know some that used a cash crusaders bike rack?
  9. I need some advise when mounting a Buzz Rack - Buzzybee 2, the rack get tightened using a bolt nut, I've noticed on some occasions the rack sways slightly either to the left or right even though I securely mounted and tightened the rack to the towbar. Is there a way I can prevent this? I can tighten the bolt but feel that if I make it too tight, something might snap or break
  10. The Saris Bones is a boot mounted design which has been around for some time and claims to offer a sturdy tow bar free solution with bike protection in-mind. Although convenient and generally less pricey, boot mounted bicycle racks are notoriously unstable, often rubbing and scratching their precious cargo. We were interested to see just how well Saris' three bike version, the Saris Bones 3, would fair. Click here to view the article
  11. FeaturesCarries 3 bikes (16 kg/bike). Spring buckle straps with vinyl-coated hooks. Strongest frame on the market. Built with 100% recyclable materials. Rust-free injection molded plastic. Articulated rubber feet to protect paint. Ratcheting anti-sway straps for a secure hold. Arc–based design separates bikes on different levels. Frame fits over most spoilers. Available in grey, yellow, blue, orange, black, green, red and pink. Compatible with most vehicles—consult the Saris Fit Guide for approved fits. Meets European Union regulations. View this product's European certification. Lightweight at 5 kgs. Price: RRP R 2,995.00 for the Bones 3 and RRP R 2,495.00 for the Bones 2. Assembly Out of the box no tools are required for this one as the Bones 3 arrived completely assembled. The bracing arms are plastic with articulated rubber feet and attach to a central aluminium shaft. It arrived with all arms folded up in a very compact and impressively lightweight package. Overall the construction of the rack gave the impression of good quality materials and a solid design. Fitment to vehicleSetting up the Bones 3 to fit my car was a little overwhelming at first but after a few minutes of playing around I managed to get head around the Bones design, which turned out to be pretty smart and straightforward. I had the Bones 3 adjusted for my car and attached in 10 minutes. Setup is done by rotating the arms of the Bones 3 around the central shaft. The four arms that connect with car need to be adjusted to fit the shape of your boot while the two arms holding the bikes need to be set to an angle that will hold them level. The feet on the arms contacting the car are made of a soft rubber and shouldn’t cause any scratching or scuffs. The rack is secured by straps which connect above, to the side and below the rack on the rear door edges or underside of the vehicle. The straps felt strong and the latches are metal with a thick coating of paint to attempt to prevent scratching to the car. The straps are tightened using a familiar ratchet. Once all properly tensioned, trying to dislodge the Bones only resulted in shaking the car. Attaching bikesThe straps holding the bikes in place are plastic with a ratchet clip to fasten. There is softer inner layer which appears to well suited to protecting the frame. I found that bikes with small front triangles, either due to frame size or a simply snug design, were a bit of a squeeze. The combination of the top buckle straps and anti-sway straps underneath did leave too much room to work with. During testing the Bones 3 was mostly used with two bikes and it excelled at this. When testing with 3 bikes it was a very tight fit requiring a fair amount of alignment of pedals, handlebars and saddles was required to get the bikes secured safely. Given the compact design and snug fit with three bikes some additional padding between them would be advised. On the roadOnce the bikes were attached, the Bones felt secure on the car and bike movement was kept under wraps by the anti-sway straps. An additional strap may be needed though to keep the front wheel and handlebars in place. ConclusionThe Saris Bones 3 proved to be solid boot mounted rack. It feels like it is build last and secures the bikes to the car as good if not better than most other boot mounted racks we've used. Although the setup was a little overwhelming at first, once you get the design fitment is simple and intuitive. The Saris Bones 3 is available from Bicycle Power Trading either via their dealers in your area or direct on their website.
  12. Whether just a short drive to your local trail or a weekend road trip, a bike rack is a likely essential in your cycling travels. The Saris Thelma-3 is a tow ball mounted bike carrier which, as the name suggests, holds up to three bikes. Click here to view the article
  13. FeaturesCarries 3 bikes, up to 16kg each Rack does not touch the bike frame making it safe for all frame materials Unique wheel tray design holds MTB and road bikes safely and securely Tilts down for fast access to rear of vehicle Fits 26” to 29” MTB wheels. Fits ISO 50mm tow balls Tow ball clamp locks rack to vehicle Lightboard and license plate holder included Weight: 18kg Made in Italy, TUV GS certified Price: RRP R 6,995.00 (on special for R 5,595.00 at the time of publishing) AssemblyOur Thelma arrived flat packed and did require some assembly to get up and running. Almost everything you need is inside the box with the exception of a shifting spanner required to secure the tow ball clamp to the rack’s frame. The assembly is fairly straightforward and instructions easy to follow. The only snag we encountered was the Euro standard 13 pin plug fitted was not compatible with the 7 pin variety found on most South African vehicles. However, adapters are available and, if you’re feeling handy, rewiring to fit a 7 pin plug is a quick job. Fitment to the vehicle The 3-bike version of the rack is quite large, and although not overly heavy, it was somewhat awkward to attach to the vehicle on your own. Those with shorter reach may require a helper to lift and align the rack on the tow ball. Additionally, the added length of the 3-bike version might present some parking challenges, especially if you own an already lengthy vehicle. The clamp, which secures the rack to the tow ball and base frame of the rack, feels quite solid and almost industrial. Both give confidence that the rack is fit to do the job. Lowering the lever grips the clamp onto the tow ball and a definitive click lets you know that it is snug. The clamp also features a key lock which prevents the lever from lifting, leaving the rack a little more secure on your vehicle. The Thelma features a light board with the standard array of lights and an all important number plate mount to avoid you falling foul of any traffic regulations. The rack also sports a simple quick release mechanism which tilts the rack down providing access to the boot even with bikes attached. Although depending on the weight of those bikes the tilt can be tricky. The wheel mounts fold flat allowing for easier storage of the Saris Thelma when not on the vehicle. Attaching bikesOne of the key features of the Saris Thelma 3 is that it does not make contact with your bicycle frame. Many other racks we’ve tried use the frame as a key point to secure the bike which can often result in scuffs and scratches, especially when mud or dirt is involved. The Thelma features large plastic wheel mounts for the front wheel and a much smaller U shaped wheel mount for the rear. On both mounts the wheel is secured using plastic adjuster straps. The mounts are adjustable to fit 26” or 29” wheels and in our tests 650b fitted quite comfortably in the 29” mode. Mounting bikes to the rack is a breeze. Simply pop the front wheel in, then the rear, secure the straps and you’re good to go. With wider bars on the mountain bikes tested we did have some contact between the adjacent bikes (bar and saddle / seatpost) and did need to lower the seatpost. On the roadUpon first inspection we were somewhat sceptical of how well the mounts would work, but out on the road we were impressed by the stability of the individual bikes. You do notice some bob due to the length of the 3 bike version, especially with heavier bikes mounted on the end. However, speed bumps and potholes aside, there was little movement of the bikes while driving on the open road. And when the road did get bumpy any movement was well clear of the back of the vehicle thanks to the good clearance from the boot. VerdictAt a price well below competitor offerings, the Saris Thelma 3 is a solid, reliable option for transporting your beloved bikes. While the length of the rack might cause issues on already long vehicles, the added room and zero frame contact do well to minimise damage to the bikes or car during transport. We are also testing the Saris Freedom 2-bike (a smaller tow bar carrier) and the Saris Bones 3 (a three bike boot rack). Keep an eye on The Hub for the full reviews.The Saris Thelma 3 is available from Bicycle Power Trading either via their dealers in your area or direct on their website.
  14. I'm looking for a plug and play bike rack for my Audi A1. I was told that Thule don't make a rack for my car. I really don't want to put a tow bar on my car just for my bike and also can't fit my 29" bike in the car even with the seats down. Any one got a solution? or anyone with an A1 got a bike rack that worked for them?
  15. Hi all I am looking for a clip on bike rack that fits a Polo GTi. Any suggestions is appreciated? Thanks ML
  16. A group of passionate riders and engineers have turned the bike rack on its head with a simple yet ingenious idea. Meet the Upside Rack. Click here to view the article
  17. This innovative design fixes all bike types on normal roof racks in just seconds, with no pre-assembly required and no need to leave it on your car between rides. It’s so small and portable that you can even ride to work with it in your pack (or strapped to your bike frame) and catch a lift home. In seconds, the Upside Rack is open and on your bike. From there, it’s onto your roof racks. Then one simple, strong clamping mechanism finishes the job and has you ready to go. Its secure but soft grip promises to safely hold your bike no matter the shape of the frame or the size of the tyres. It’s the only rack that fits your road bike, mountain bike, fat bike, kids bikes or commuter without adapters, wheel removal or frame contact. Once you arrive at your riding destination, your bike is off in seconds and you are ready to ride. It can easily be switched between vehicles. And - not being a permanent fixture on your car’s roof - the Upside Rack saves you from wind noise and extra fuel consumption. “The unique design of our bike rack brings portability and the ability to carry nearly any type of bike,” says Sean Stoney, co-founder of Upside Racks. “It solved a problem that most avid bike riders have faced at one point or another, quickly installing a second or third bike on your roof. I also see non-riders owning one, be it parents or even grandparents, without having a permanent installation.” “We really went back to first principles with the design, threw out all our preconceived ideas of what a bike rack should be capable of, how it holds the bike and especially how it should look,” says Stefan Wrobel, co-founder of Upside Racks. “The user is always front of mind for us, whether it how easily it can be used, how after-sales care will work, how will it be stored and especially, can I trust this rack for durability and safety.” The Upside Rack team is obsessed about quality. Having worked for companies like Siemens, GM, Nissan, BMW and Tesla, the Upside Rack’s creators know all about speed, innovative design and engineering. Having managed major operations and programs they also know how to deliver multi-million dollar projects on time. After months of refinement, the concept is ready to go and the highest quality suppliers have been sourced to craft this exceptionally strong, clean and easy-to-use solution. The Upside Rack team are taking their product to Kickstarter now, offering supporters the chance to get their hands on the newest and most revolutionary bike rack the market has ever seen with limited edition models, discounted early-bird pricing and prizes.
  18. Hi there, With the Rand currency in the proverbial "flushing meadows", the price of bike racks has been going in the wrong direction. I'm looking for something that offers value but does rip my wallet through my heart. To be frank, I cannot afford a new Buzzrack or Thule at these prices (sorry). I see that Fishrax is advertising a 3-bike towbar mounted rack for about R5,200 plus R150 shipping to Jhb. It looks okay and it's less expensive than the more established brands but I'd like to know: Does anybody own such a Fishrax unit? If so, what's you unbiased view on it? Should I rather wait for a better-established brand to come onto the resale market?Some advice/comments here would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
  19. FeaturesCarries 2 bikes, up to 16kg each Unique wheel trays fit road, MTB and kid’s bikes of all sizes Fits ISO 50mm tow balls Rack tilts down for fast access to rear of vehicle Tow ball clamp locks rack to vehicle Lightboard and license plate holder included Made in Italy Weight: 15kg TUV GS certified Price: RRP R 5,195.00 (on special for R 4,155.00 at the time of publishing) AssemblyAs with the Saris Thelma we reviewed in April, the Freedom arrived flat packed and required some assembly to get up and running. Fortunately just about everything you need is inside the box, with the exception of a size 17 spanner that is required to secure the tow ball clamp to the rack’s frame. The rack arrives just about 90% assembled and only needs the last bits put in place and secured. The assembly is fairly straightforward with the included instructions easy to follow and it only took me 10 - 15 minutes from start to finish. A Euro 13 pin plug comes standard and requires an adapter to fit the 7 pin female plug that is standard locally. Fortunately I had one in the cupboard, but something to keep in mind with your purchase. If you’re feeling handy, rewiring to fit a 7 pin plug is a quick job. Fitment to the vehicleThe rack is secured to the tow ball by lifting a yellow lever while the securing arm is in the open position. All you have to do is push it down on the tow ball and then pull the arm down. The clamp, which secures the rack to the tow ball and base frame of the rack, feels solid and locks in place with a reassuring clunk. Both give confidence that the rack is fit to do the job. The clamp also features a key lock which prevents the lever from lifting, leaving the rack a little more secure on your vehicle. As with the Thelma, the Freedom rack features a light board with the standard array of lights and a number plate mount. The rack also sports a simple quick release mechanism which tilts the rack down providing access to the boot even with bikes attached. Attaching BikesThe Freedom uses two small cradles and an arm to support each bike. Two ratcheting straps secure your bike's wheels to the cradles and one strap on the arm that goes around your bikes down tube to keep your bike upright. The 4 cradles are adjustable, sliding left and right. Loading your bikes for the first time does take a little patience. To keep the bikes from touching you need to slide one bike to far left and the other far right. This is done by loosening a plastic screw-down and sliding the cradles over. The next step is to to adjust the second cradle to fit your bike's wheelbase before you will be able to strap it down. It's an easy job, but takes some time to get it 100% right. I prefer to load my bikes with the front wheel as far behind the vehicle as possible to keep it from moving around in the wind and with the heavier bike closest to the vehicle. The hitch arm is a good length, leaving plenty of room for bikes with wide handlebars. On a hatchback with a rounded back or sedan this almost seems too long, but some SUV's or people carriers with a flatter rear (think VW Kombi or Jeep Wrangler) the extra space is welcome. The rack features what Saris call Cuscino (Italian for pillow) straps. In short, the straps have a rubber cushion to add an extra layer of protection to your bike's frame. The cradle that attaches to the bike's down-tube has slots for cables to keep them from rubbing against the frame. It shows Saris' attention to detail and carries a lifetime warranty. Longer straps for the wheel cradles as well as special fatbike cradles are available aftermarket for those who will need them. On the RoadOnce set up and bikes loaded for your vacation or trip to your favourite trail, the rack does exactly what it's supposed to do. Bikes are kept in place and where they do make contact with the rack they are protected against scuffing. The Cuscino straps do a great job of keeping your bike scratch free (as long as it's clean when you strap it down) and the fact that it's adjustable to match the angle of your bike's down tube means there's little leeway for your bike to move around - the biggest culprit of bike rack damage When not in use, the Freedom’s arm can be released and lowered to allow easy access to the rear of your car without having to tilt the rack down. Another nice touch and one that's unique to the Freedom range of racks. Although the rack locks to your vehicle, the rack does not come with a bicycle lock as standard. I would strongly suggest you invest in a good cable lock or two to protect your investment. VerdictAll contact points have a quality feel to them and everything that needs to lock down or click into place leaves you in no doubt that your bikes and the bike rack is secure. The Freedom is competitively priced and doesn't stand back in terms of quality and features. The range of adjustments available make it a versatile and well-priced offering, certainly worth looking in to. The Saris Freedom is available from Bicycle Power Trading either via their dealers in your area or direct on their website. From the Manufacturer:Kids' bikes. Women's frames. Tri-bikes. Small recumbents. The list goes on. Basically, if you've got it, chances are the Freedom can move it. The ratcheting straps keep your bike in place, while our Cuscino hold downs are gentle enough for a carbon frame. Say goodbye to worry and hello to peace of mind.
  20. Bike racks are an essential part of cycling. With some costing more than an basic bicycle, it is important to weigh up your options and be honest with what it is you need. I have always been a fan of tow ball bike racks with a "load on" design. They keep your bike safe and secure and stop it from getting damaged from dangling around. The Freedom was my first experience with a bike rack from Saris and I was keen to see what they had to offer. Click here to view the article
  21. Guys, I would like a bike rack for my car (Polo hatchback). I don't have a tow bar. A good friend mentioned that the Thule rear mounted bike rack with the straps (note with the straps, Thule 910XT) scratches the car paint. He suggested I get the solid frame (eg: https://www.bikehub.co.za/classifieds/173185-thule-clip-on-3-bike-rack/). Please advise?
  22. Hi folks I'm considering buying a towbar mounted 2 bike carrier, as they are much simpler to use than fiddling with the straps on the boot/hatch carriers. The price I've been quoted (for the towbar) is R6k upwards which is a bit steep as I only need it when I want to carry 2 bikes (when solo, I just put the bike in the hatchback). Can anyone recommend a reasonably priced tow bar place in Cape Town area? Thanks.
  23. Hello Hubbers, I need some help please. I bought a second-hand Thule ClipOn 9104 a couple days ago to attach to the back of my Toyota Auris (2010 or 2011 model I think). Although it says on the Thule website that the bike rack should be compatible with my car, I’ve been having trouble with getting it to fit properly. Basically, the rear spoiler (stock part) is being pulled down a centimetre or two by the 2 metal hooks at the top when I lower the handles to tighten the rack. I’m worried that the carrier will damage the spoiler or even snap it off completely. I’ve tried bending the hooks as much as possible but that hasn’t helped. Has anyone else had problems with this? If so, has it damaged your car or have you done anything to fix it? I would even consider taking the rear spoiler off as a last resort (if that’s even possible!). Any advice/suggestions would be greatly appreciated! Thanks for reading. These are the hooks I'm referring to:
  24. Hi All, It might be something or it may be nothing at all, but today while traveling on the N2 inbound from Gordon's Bay side towards Cape Town. I saw a white polo, with what looked like a lot of anti Rhino poaching signage, travelling into Nomzamo. What triggered my alarm was that there were two bikes on the bike carrier the were basically dragging on the ground as if it hadn't been locked properly and the drivers looked like they were unconcerned and in no hurry to stop. They turned right at the robot after the BP on the N2 as you go through somerset business park, and then turned left into the township, shortly afterwards there was a police vehicle which looked like to was in hot pursuit of something, sirens blazing. I may be guilty here of stereotyping in the worst fashion, however if I had what looked like pretty expensive gear on the bike rack and it was pretty much falling off the back, I would be stopping as quickly as possible to correct and fix. Hope this helps someone, and doesn't get any wrath laid down on me.
  25. So about 6 months ago I took the plunge and bought a tow bar and a Thule 914 2 bike rack. As you all know these racks aren't cheap, but thought at least I wont go wrong with a Thule.. Well this weekend I attempted to Load a second bike for the first time.... I could not for the life of me get 2 MTB's on my bike rack designed to hold 2 bikes... at lease not without them both getting scratched to $#$%#^ Am I being a moron? is there a trick to this? or should I have bought a 3 bike version ??
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