Tow bar mounted bike rack

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  1. Robert Clark

    Robert Clark Funster Life Member

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    Had a Pendle tow bar mounted bike rack in our last van, now looking again for another for our new van

    Needs to carry two electric bikes with a combined weight of 55 kg

    Ideally would like a drop down version if possible

    Any suggestion ?


    Thanks in advance

    Regards
    Robert
     
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  2. Judge Mental

    Judge Mental Funster Deceased RIP

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    whats wrong with the garage..far more secure and out of the elements
     
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    Robert Clark Funster Life Member

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    We've got the upgraded weight chassis so the internal height of the garage is reduced by 100mm
    Overall height 1000mm - our bikes don't fit!!!!!
     
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    Oh bugger! Would they fit if you put quick release front wheel and saddles on them perhaps? You could clamp them down with the lugs for the front wheel.
     
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    Judge Mental Funster Deceased RIP

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    Yep, just take front wheel off...what e bikes you buying
     
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    Robert Clark Funster Life Member

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    We've already got bikes - Volt Hybrid for me and Volt 'Mary Poppins' for Mrs C - got a BIG basket on the
    My bike has Disk brakes
     
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    Saddles not the problem
     
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    And ???

    The disc will be attached to the wheel, not the forks, so will still leave the two open fork ends free to secure it if the wheel is removed.
     
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    Both Witter and Cykell sell racks for eBikes and it is worth searching for a more basic rack from a British company called BakRak, we've got a BakRak that we use with a box very occasionally, we use a Cykell both on the Motorhome and our vans when we go out to demo days with bikes, the Cykell will take 60kg and is a lot slicker than the BakRak but twice the price - about £400.
    Does the 55kg include the batteries?
     
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    :rofl:Ugly fold up EBikes would fit!!!!! Mine does! Oops wrong thread!!
     
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    Yes, if their that ugly I would want to put them in the garage. ;)
     
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    I asked my other half it was all right to put ugly eBikes on the bike rack where everybody could see them but all she said was "shut up and get back in the garage".
     
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    Yes 55kg complete
     
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    saved me saying it:)
     
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    If it were me I would always remove the batteries to keep the weight down but both the Cykell and the BakRak will take the 55kg anyway.

    Because we sell electric bikes we have to transport them with the batteries fitted if we are travelling on business because the batteries are treated as hazardous freight off the bike but they are not if they are fitted to the bike.

    If you transport them for personal use then you are not subject to the same freight transport regs, to be honest keeping the batteries separate from the bikes makes good sense from both a security and a practical viewpoint as well as making them a lot easier to lift them on and off the rack.

    If you go the Batribike website they list Cykell dealers and there may well be one near to you, my advice would be to go and try one out, see if it fits etc.

    The BakRak is a bit more trouble to fit and not so easy on the eye but I humped a 38kg box to Monaco and back last year and it performed perfectly.
     
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    We have just bought the Thule 931 to carry our two (beautiful :)) Haibikes, seems a quality bit of kit, folds up into a convenient 'suitcase' for storage, 60kg rated
     
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    you'll be getting the burglars round telling the world and his mother that you've got Haibikes. :rofl:
     
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    I use an old Fiamma cover - it's battered with ingrained marks, the bounce went from its a bungee about the same time as mine went (years ago) so I use a ratchet strap as well, under that the rack and the bikes are chained together (padded, motorcycle security chain) so if somebody is curious enough to look underneath they are going to be at least a bit put off, I rarely overnight on Aires but if I do I reverse up tight to whatever I can.
    The Cykell locks to the van and the bikes all lock to the Cykell but I always use a chain as well, the latest generation of armoured cables would work as well, don't use a Pound Shop special though.

    Van Comfort sell a very nice looking cover made by Hindermann and when the Fiamma finally gives up the ghost I suspect that is what I will buy.
    My van has a big garage but I've got other stuff that I put in there, some vans don't have garages at all so owners have to put their bikes on a rack.
    The Fiamma only gives limited protection from road grime but it is pretty anonymous and uninteresting and that's what I like about it.
    Don't forget that Van Bitz can add a loop to their alarm system for your bike rack as well.
     
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    Check out Caravan Club magazine this month, they have Westfalias on promotion at £325, rated to 65kg.
     
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