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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. Get your bike to your next adventure safely and securely View full article
  3. You’ve spent a lot of your money on your bike, and it too deserves a safe ride if you’re travelling to your next race or heading off on a weekend cycling adventure. After all, you don’t want to arrive at your destination and your dream ride is damaged. Fortunately the team at Thule has a range of bike rack options that give you a full choice of options when transporting one of your most precious possessions. The Thule Rack For You The roof bike rack range from Thule gives you a full choice of different mounting and loading/unloading options, with everything from fork-mounted carriers that include thru-axle options to frame or wheel mounted roof bike racks. If you already have a car roof rack, it may be a more convenient choice as you only need to add the Roof mounted bike carrier. A towbar bike rack is a great choice if you and your friends or family want to head out on new adventures with your bikes. Finding the towbar bike rack that’s perfect for you and your car couldn’t be simpler by using the Thule Buyers Guide. First, specify the number of bikes you want to carry. Then you can choose a platform for easier loading and unloading or a tiltable carrier that swings away to give you access to the trunk of the car. A trunk bike rack lets you and your friends or family take your bikes with you wherever you go – and still leave space for carrying gear on the roof if space is tight. Rear door mounted bike carriers don’t require a tow bar and are able to carry up to 3 bikes. Check the Thule buyers guide to find the correct carrier to fit your vehicle. Tips For Transporting Your Bikes Safely Jamie Owen, Thule’s marketing manager, offers these top tips to consider when you’re transporting your bike and things to to consider to ensure the best protection at all times: If your bikes or bike carrier line up with your exhaust then use a heat shield to avoid the bike tyres and bike rack wheel holders getting burnt whilst driving Make sure there is no movement between bikes on a hangon carrier – an Imbi bike protector can help here Use a Thule Carbon Frame adapter to ensure your carbon frame doesn’t get damaged Use rim protectors on the wheel straps to avoid scratching the rims Use a ladies frame adapter if you have an oddly shaped frame that doesn’t fit the bike carrier properly Always use a cable lock on hangon carriers and as an added safety measure on platform carriers Always fit the larger and heavier bikes closer to the vehicle with lighter bikes on the outside Check lights before a long trip and use a Thule lightboard if the lights and number plate are obstructed when using a hangon carrier – this will avoid getting traffic fines If you are using a roof mounted carrier place your garage remote in the back of the vehicle so that you need to get out the car to open the garage, this way you wont forget that the bikes are mounted to the vehicle. You can be confident that your Thule bike rack will carry your bike safely and securely wherever you want to go and you’ll be in the saddle as quickly and easily as possible! For more information: www.thulestore.co.za
  4. Hi Does anyone know what mounting kit is needed to fit Thule bars in Securi lid? or is it a custom made thing?
  5. How to pack for your family bike adventure: View full article
  6. With international travel on hold, local road trips and holidays are on the up. With our beautiful scenery, cultural history and unique flora, biking holidays and exploring on two wheels is fast becoming a popular choice amongst families as a way to enjoy the great outdoors together. Once you’ve done the research and found the perfect destination for your next family bike vacation, the hardest part is out the way, next is to line up all your family’s gear and get packing! It starts with the helmets, rain jackets, shoes and then the next thing you know, you’ve packed way too many outfits and loads of stuff that your kids will never need. Let’s be honest, packing for a week away or just one night with your family often means the same number of bags. Fortunately, the team from Thule is here to help trim down your packing list and more importantly, make a checklist that’s right for your family. Start with a duffel for essentials A bike trip can go downhill fast – and not in a good way – by forgetting to pack helmets and riding gear. Stick to the basics and set aside one go-to duffel for all the gear you can’t live without. Then you can use other bags, like rolling suitcases or backpacks, for clothes, shoes, and activities for the kids. But you can’t have a great bike trip without the essentials, so find a spacious, durable duffel bag to store all your must-have items. Your kids deserve the best ride When you’re away with your family, making sure you can explore everything on your list means pedaling for plenty of miles. For the little ones, just coming along for the ride can be fun for them and you’ll be happy knowing they are safe, cosy and not missing a moment while riding around in a new place. A multisport bike trailer is the perfect addition to any young family’s vacation with bikes and is the best way to ensure you see all the sights with the kids on board. They will be happy and comfortable in their spacious cockpit with plenty of windows, pockets for the snacks, and a five-point harness to keep them safe. The good news is that when you finally reach a spot for lunch or decide to lock up the bikes and walk around, some trailers conveniently convert from a bike trailer to a stroller and you can keep the family smiling as you never miss a beat. An alternative is to invest in a good child bike seat that will allow you and your most treasured cargo an opportunity to enjoy the everyday bike rides, safely, easily and in style. With front and rear seats available it’s a great choice for letting your child see the world from your bike. Keep hydrated A good pack is not only a great way to stay hydrated, but it’s also an easy way to carry many of the essential items on this list. A hip belt is also a convenient way to access phones safe and is added storage for for essential tools or nutrition. Packing up the cargo box The car ride can be challenging enough; so why cram every single bag between the seats while your kids sit squeezed in the back questioning your packing skills? Adding a spacious cargo box onto the roof rack is the easiest way to make your ride there and back comfortable and hassle-free. A range of sizes and models of cargo boxes are available to match your vehicle, your packing needs, and price range, so why not add a little more elbow room in your car and move the more oversized items up into an aerodynamic and stylish cargo box? Don’t forget the bikes! The final step on the packing list is the most important and the one thing you really can’t do without on the trip. The bikes, of course! But before you just strap any bike rack to your trunk, you need to choose the correct bike rack for your car and for your requirements. From rear door mounted bike carriers that do not require a tow bar to tow bar mounted platform racks that allow for simple loading and unloading, there is bound to be a perfect option for you and your family. The new Thule OutWay 2 and 3 Bike carriers are premium rear door mounted bike racks (no tow bar required) for an easy getaway. These carriers can be mounted to a variety of vehicles and not only do they lock to your vehicle, but they also include locks that lock your bike to the rack. For those whose vehicle has a tow bar you have the option of a hanging type bicycle rack that can accommodate up to four bikes or a platform carrier such as the popular Thule Euroway G2 which is not only compact, but also fully lockable and tilts for easy access to the boot. There has also been a huge growth in sales of e-bikes for those who want to enjoy the trails with a bit less effort up the hills. The Thule EasyFold XT bike rack (now also available in a black version) is a fully foldable, compact, and easy-to-use towbar-mounted bike rack for all types of bikes, including e-bikes. No matter how far away you plan to take that next bike vacation, making sure your bikes make it to and from your destination safely is the only way you can drive with confidence, knowing you and your family are on the perfect trip! Find the perfect Thule product for your life here: thulestore.co.za
  7. Whether you’re heading out for a short ride or taking a weekend trip, mountain biking is an activity that perfectly blends exercise with exploration of the natural world. Download attachment: Thule_Easyfold_LS_Revinge_Landscape_160601_A0009160.jpg Click here to view the article
  8. For new riders and experienced veterans alike, it offers a unique sense of freedom and discovery. But with that freedom comes a responsibility to be prepared for a variety of challenges that can come up when you’re out pedalling. Jamie Owen, marketing manager for Thule SA suggests this list of essentials that will help you make the most of your time on the biking trail and ensure that you have a great ride. 1. A bikeMake sure your bike fits you well and has been serviced recently to limit the possibility of mechanical issues out on the trail. 2. A bike rackWhile some may live within riding distance of their favourite trails, most of us have to drive to the trailhead and loading a muddy bike into your rear hatch isn’t a lot of fun. A good bike rack can make that task much easier. When purchasing your next bike rack, it is important to know the various ways to transport your bike(s) on your vehicle, the features and benefits of specific rack models, as well as knowing the capacity and limitations of certain styles and vehicle placements. The new Thule OutWay 2 and 3 Bike carriers are premium rear door mounted bikeracks (no tow bar required) for an easy getaway. These carriers can be mounted to a variety of vehicles and not only do they lock to your vehicle, but they also include locks that lock your bike to the rack. For those whose vehicle has a tow bar you have the option of a hanging type bicycle rack that can accommodate up to four bikes or a platform carrier such as the popular Thule Euroway G2 which is not only compact, but also fully lockable and tilts for easy access to the boot. There has also been a huge growth in sales of e-bikes for those who want to enjoy the trails with a bit less effort up the hills. The Thule EasyFold XT bike rack (now also available in a black version) is a fully foldable, compact, and easy-to-use towbar-mounted bike rack for all types of bikes, including e-bikes. 3. A comfy & well-fitted helmetA quality helmet that is both safe and comfortable will give you the confidence you need to push your riding a little further each time you ride. 4. Hydration packA good pack is not only a great way to stay hydrated, but it’s also an easy way to carry many of the essential items on this list. The innovative Thule Rail hydration packs (8L, 12L and 12L Pro) have been designed specifically for the downhill and enduro rider. The secure-fit design wraps the torso and eliminates bounce or movement when jumping or railing corners for unsurpassed control, comfort and safety while descending rough trails. The 2.5L HydraPak reservoir features a locking valve to prevent leaks and you will be able to stay hydrated without slowing down, thanks to the hands-free ReTrakt magnetic hose return. The Thule Rail range also includes hip belts in three sizes that enable you to bring the items that you need on your ride with a little less bulk than a normal hydration pack. 5. Spare tubesEven if you ride tubeless, carrying a spare tube or two is crucial. Flats can happen in the trailhead parking lot or at the halfway point of your ride. Make sure you grab a tube that is sized properly for your tire too. 6. Tire leverSome multi-tools have a built-in lever, but a standalone lever will always make it easier to get a tire on and off your rim. 7. Tire pump or CO2 cartridge and inflaterA CO2 cartridge and inflater doesn’t take up much room in your pack or saddlebag, but a good tire pump is the most reliable way to ensure you’re ready to inflate a new tube. 8. Multi-toolA decent multi-tool is a must-have. Most smaller tools will have flathead and phillips head screwdrivers, a T25 torx and a variety of hex wrenches. If your multi-tool has a chain break, then ensure you have the correct chain link so that you can do the repair. 9. PhoneMost of us don’t go anywhere without our smartphones these days and mountain biking should be no exception. Obviously, you can call home in case of an emergency, but your phone is also a good way to navigate using the GPS or plan a route with one of the many available MTB apps. 10. Rain gearSometimes rain can roll in faster than the forecast predicted, so it’s always a good idea to stuff a packable rain jacket in your hydration pack. 11. SunscreenMake sure you’re prepared for the environment in which you’re riding. Heading out on dry and exposed trails? Pack some sunscreen and lip balm. 12. NutritionWhile not an essential for every ride, if you’re planning a longer session, it’s a good idea to put some type of nutrition in your pack. And always replenish before your body’s fuel tank runs low! 13. A gear bagA good gear bag helps you keep all of the above organised and ready to go every time you get to the trailhead. It also improves the post-ride cool down by giving you a spot to put sweaty or dirty items. The Thule RoundTrip Bike Duffel offers a variety of dedicated gear compartments to ensure you’re always ready to ride. 14. A good travel caseIf the trail involves some long distance travelling then choose a durable bike travel case that is tough on the outside and smart on the inside and allow you to transport your bike safely, securely and without hassle. Most bike cases are designed, built, and tested to withstand the stress and strain of modern travel and each case has rollers for easy handling and navigation when you’re on the go. Certain bike cases even have integrated work stands so that you can assemble your bike once you’ve reached your riding destination. It is important to ensure that your bike is compatible with the fork mount in the bike case. 14. Take the kids along for the rideThere’s nothing better than getting out in the fresh air and exploring nature with your little one, especially on a long ride. A child bike seat will allow you and your most treasured possessions to enjoy everyday bike rides, safely, easily and in style - it’s also an opportunity to introduce children to the joys of biking. www.thulestore.co.za
  9. Hi all TGIF! I'm looking to buy a towbar mounted bike rack (seems to be the overwhelming preference) and have been checking out the Thule EasyFold XT2. It's fairly pricey at R17999. Has anyone got one and would recommend it? I'm a little confused at all the various options in their range: VeloSpace, VeloCompact, EuroRide, etc. I need to carry max two mountain bikes (alu), or 1 road bike (carbon).The platform rack seems to be popular.The tilt feature is nice to access the bootI have a 13 pin connector on my two bar (but I see you can get 7 pin and vice versa).Other than that, I don't know much more about towbar bike racks. Thanks in advance for any input and/or suggestions!
  10. Hi all, I am looking for some advice on how to carry 5 or 6 bicycles plus gear on a double cab Toyota Hilux. My extended family are all into cycling and we have a few road trips planned around cycling. We would ideally want to be able to carry 5 bikes and 5 people all with their cycling gear and a weekend bag. A trailer is out of the equation as we do not have space to store it when not in use. I do have a 3 bicycle Thule rack however I prefer carrying two bikes on it. I saw this Hilux in picture on the road the other day and I think that it my be the answer to my problems. The Hilux had x4 bicycle roof rack carriers on the back of the bed on top of a hard top roll cover. I am considering replicating this as you can still use the back of the bakkie for safe storage plus using the tow bar and bicycle rack to carry the additional bicycles. My question is how do I go about replicating this? How to the cross bars on the bed of the bakkie connect to the roll top cover? Who should I go to for advice or is there an easier answer to my dilemma?
  11. With lockdown we’ve all been spending a lot of time indoors, whether remote learning, zoom office meetings or just staying safe and away from crowds, so there really is no better feeling than getting back in the saddle and hitting the wide open road (or mountain, or trail) for a little time out and some fresh air. Click here to view the article
  12. There is a range of accessories and cycling essentials to help with every aspect of your cycling. Here are our team’s top picks to ensure you have a great ride. Jamie Owen, marketing manager for Thule SA Thule Bike CarriersIf you’re wanting to cycle on distant roads or bike far from home through wild terrain, then a bike carrier is essential. Thule has a wide variety of bicycle carriers to fit your exact needs. Different types can be mounted on your roof, tow bar, load bin or on your trunk. If you already own a roof rack, a roof bike rack could be the simplest solution, however a tow bar mounted carrier is often easier to load and unload and suits heavier bikes. As a world-leader in bike racks for cars, Thule knows what is important: high-quality, stylish bike racks for professional racers as well as weekend warriors. All Thule’s products are thoroughly tested to ensure that your bikes are safe and secure during transportation. The Thule buyers guide will help you find the perfect option to suit your needs. The Thule Euroway G2 Bike Carrier is compact and lightweight and ideal for everyday use (there is 2 bike and 3 bike option). It’s easy to mount and adjust, thanks to the detachable bike arms and easily folds flat for simple storage. There are pump buckles with long wheel straps for easy fastening of wheels and you can lock the carrier (and the bikes into position) on the tow bar, as locks are included too. It also has a smart foot pedal tilt which enables you to access your boot whilst the carrier is mounted (even whilst bicycles are mounted). Thule Vital Hydration PacksWhether it’s on the road or mountain, the key is to stay well hydrated. A hydration pack is essential, especially if you’re planning a long day out. Choose a lightweight hydration pack that offers maximum comfort and ease of use during your cycle. The Thule Vital collection of lightweight hydration packs features smart solutions such as a hands-free ReTrakt magnetic hose return system and convenient jersey-style pockets for quick access to nutrition, clothing or tools without having to remove the pack. Thule RoundTrip Bike Duffel BagEvery cyclist needs a bag for all their gear. The new Thule RoundTrip Bike Duffel 55L is a purpose-built bag for dedicated cyclists and offers infinite organisation to house wearables and accessories from one ride to the next. Thule Pack ‘n Pedal Action Camera MountCapture your memories on your ride with the Thule Pack ‘n Pedal Action Cam Mount that securely fits your action camera to your handlebar. This mount works best with GoPro® but will work with virtually any action camera. Best of all, the multiple handlebar mounting positions offer unobstructed recording while riding. Thule Child Bike SeatsTurn your cycling adventures into a family outing with a Thule child bike seat. There are front and rear mounted options that are safe and easy-to use so that you can share your passion for cycling with your little ones. Thule Pannier Bags and RacksIf you’re looking to take your cycling adventures further afield and turn them into a cycle tour then look no further than the Thule Tour rack and Thule Shield pannier bags which enable you to bring all your gear on your cycling journeys.
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  14. 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
  15. Hi guys, I have a question, and I am sure my fellow hubbers would conquered this issue before. I did not want to revive an old thread deadish thread, or highjack that thread, but I came from here: https://community.bikehub.co.za/topic/55832-thule-roofrack-on-bakkie/page-3. Basicly I own a 2016 Toyota Hilux Double cab fitted with an Armidillo Auto Roll Top Cover. I own a Scott aspect 910 aluminium bike, which I had from 2014. Currently I simply open the cover and load the bike on the back with the front wheel over the tailgate with a blanket or so between the bike and the tailgate. I am planning to buy a new carbon dual suspension bike and do not feel like this is a viable option anymore. The Armidillo cover does not come with rails to attach a roofrack to, and it will necessitate drilling into the cover and my bakkie, which I would like to avoid if at all possible. I must add that I would exploit having the loadbars by fitting a rooftop tent also, so this option from Skitch is quite attractive: It seems like it would be possible to mount the rooftop tent in between the bikes still: Have anyone here mounted roofracks over the Armidillo cover before, and if so, what would be the best route to go. The rooftop tent is an added bonus, and bike safety take precedent in any event. What are you guys' thoughts on the roofrack over the Armidillo, and the best way to go about it?
  16. Hi Guys, I am interested in purchasing a bike trailer and would appreciate some input from cyclists who have used one of them. Thule has the Coaster; how will it deal with light off-roading? Are there any other brands/makes you can recommend?
  17. Does anyone perhaps have a spare middle arm for a Thule 3 bike carrier. Specifically the EuroWay G2. My neighbor lost his so I said I'd ask on here before he has to splash out.
  18. Hydration Backpacks The key to a great race is staying well hydrated. Whether it’s a road or mountain race a hydration backpack is essential, especially if it’s going to be a long race. Choose a lightweight hydration backpack that offers maximum comfort and ease of use during cycling. The Thule Vital collection of lightweight hydration backpacks features smart solutions such as a hands-free ReTrakt magnetic hose return system and convenient jersey-style pockets for quick access to nutrition, clothing or tools without having to remove the pack. Bike Carriers and Racks With a car bike rack, you can take your bike anywhere you want – quickly, easily and safely. The new and improved Thule Euroway G2 3 Bike Carrier is compact and lightweight and ideal for everyday use (for 3 bikes). It’s easy to mount and adjust, thanks to the detachable bike arms and folds flat easily for simple storage. It also tilts to provide boot access when bikes are mounted. There are pump buckles with long wheel straps for easy fastening of wheels and you can lock the carrier (and the bikes into position) on the toolbar, as locks are included too. Bike Travel Cases When you’re travelling from race to race a dependable bike travel case means you can also travel with peace of mind. With a choice of hard or soft cases, you and your bike can arrive at your destination ready to go. Look for rugged protection on the outside and smart, secure storage on the inside and look out for cases that have rollers for easy handling and navigation when you’re on the go. Thule’s sleek and durable bike travel cases are designed, built and tested to withstand the stress and strain of modern travel. Thule RoundTrip Transition Thule RoundTrip Pro Smartphone Bike Mount Get access to apps, navigation, music and more by mounting a smartphone to your bicycle handlebars. Ensure your phone is kept safe and that there is easy access to all ports and controls. Thule Pack ‘n Pedal Action Cam Mount Now you can capture the memories on your next race with the Thule Pack ‘n Pedal Action Cam Mount that securely fits your action camera to your handlebar. This mount works best with GoPro® but will work with virtually any action camera. Best of all, the multiple handlebar mounting positions offer unobstructed recording while riding. A Good Backpack! Even if you’re not sure where the road’s going to lead you, you’ll need a quality backpack to get there. Ensure all your gear and valuables are safe and remember to try on a variety of options to find your perfect match. The new Thule Enroute BackPack includes the innovative SafeZone with rigid exterior and soft interior, that protects your phone, sunglasses and other valuables. You have quick access to smaller items through a zipped interior front pocket – ideal for your keys and cell phone, or your boarding pass at the airport. Thule EnRoute Triumph 2 Thule EnRoute Red Feather. Thule EnRoute Deep Teal.
  19. Guys I see so many posts here on stolen bikes where guys say it was locked on a Thule rack. I only use Thule racks and so know how good/(bad) the locks are. I have never tried but I would guess 10 seconds with a large screw driver and a vice grip and that lock s gone. If you need to lock bike on racks and leave it, you really need to know the risk. What area are you in, is there passing foot traffic, is there car guards. I carry a very good very thick chain (encased in plastic Hose) in my car with a huge big great quality lock. EDIT this is attached while driving as I have heard about theft from racks while driving It takes a while longer and doesn't look cool, but if they want to saw, etc through that then let them try in traffic. At least I make an effort. BUT THULE LOCKS ARE A NO NO
  20. 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?
  21. Morning I have just bought a Thule VeloCompact 927. I can't get it to clamp onto the tow bar. I was using a EuroClassic 929 and have no no issues getting it on. I called Thule and they said that I must remove the plastic cover type thing under the handle as it restricts the handle movement. Without it it'll open more apparently. Can someone confirm if the plastic cover in the pic is the one that must be removed and if so how does it come off? Has anyone had this issue or have any other ideas? To me it doesn't look like the plastic 'cover' doesn't come off too easily.
  22. My 6Fattie's wheels don't fit in the grooves of my Thule bike rack. The wheel rests on top of the "wheel holder" (don't know what to call it) so isn't flush as can been seen here. I can rest it on the "wheel holder" but that's not safe and I've cracked one already. These racks were made in a time when there weren't that many plus size wheeled bikes around. I have one of these side view any suggestions of what to do or what anyone with a similar problem has done to so sort it out?
  23. Hi guys, Looking for some advice, I have a Chevrolet Utility (2013) with no tonneau cover on at the moment. I am looking at options for carrying 2 bikes on the back of a Chev Utility (1 MTB bike & 1 Road bike), that will allow for the bikes to be locked onto the carrier as well. that is not too costly. I was looking at the option below, from Thule, but not sure what other options are available & looking for some advice. Thule Bed Rider 822XTR http://www.thule.com...22xtr-_-1689832 I would possibly want to add on a tonneau cover on later on, but not sure about it. Thanks in advance,
  24. First Look Friday is an introduction to the products that we are currently testing for review. This week we're featuring the Lapierre XR 729, Luvhandles soft grips and Thule VeloCompact bike carrier. Click here to view the article
  25. Lapierre XR 729 The Lapierre XR 729 is a carbon cross-country orientated mile cruncher. The first thing you notice on the XR 729 is that the shock is hidden in an odd protruding seat tube to accommodate the single pivot suspension design. I've grown fond of the striking look but don't expect to squeeze two water bottles within the front triangle. Expecting a full blown XC bike, we were a little stumped when a custom built XR 729 with a 120mm Pike and dropper seatpost arrived in the office. The only component that was stock (according to the Lapierre website) was the wheelset and tyres. After the first ride, however, it all made sense but I'll leave those details for the full review. Lapierre also produce the Lapierre XR 729 e:i which uses an electronic shock to adapt automatically to the terrain. This models retails for R82,995. Custom builds of the mechanical suspension bike can be arranged. You can view all the 2016 Lapierre bikes at www.lapierrebikes.co.za. LuvHandles Luvhandles was started by twin brothers late last year who were tired of paying too much for bike components such as grips. So they set out to find a high quality silicone grip to sell directly to the public at a reasonable price. A neat feature of their online offering is that it allows you to select the colour of your grips and plugs separately. They say this results in almost 50 colour combinations, perfect for the matchy-matchy builders. On first look the grips and plugs appear to be top notch but I'll have to see how well they with stand up to some abuse on my wide tree bashing handlebars. A set of Luvhandles grips and plugs currently retail for R120. Check out their online store for more details here. Thule VeloCompact The Thule VeloCompact comes in a two or three bike configuration. The VeloCompact is a relatively new addition to the line up having been released in 2015. It promises to be light weight and compact. The carrier attaches to a tow bar and has a tilt mechanism so that you can access a hatch type rear door. The VeloCompact retails for R8,999 in the two bike configuration and R11,999 for the model that can carries three bikes.
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