Towbar mounted bike rack advice please

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  1. carolyn

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    collecting our new motorhome friday, yippee, we have had a tow bar fitted. We have ordinary bikes but think we might get electric bikes before long. I have seen a thule easy fold 931, over £400 gulp, a atera strada 2686 for about £300 and a saffier 2 at john cross for £179. Any recommendations about these or any others gratefully received please. Thanks in advance.
     
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    Don't forget even lightweight electric bikes are much heavier than standard pushbikes.
    are the racks capable of the extra weight?
     
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    i have the thule 916 very good for electric bikes and its weight is less than 20kg but not cheap but neither is replacing the back wall on the van
     
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    I bought a 4 bike carrier from Witter and have been impressed; it is easy to put on and take off (less than 1 min each on / off) and better value in my opinion than the market leader. They may be able to advise re electric bikes. It would probably help if you remove the battery from the bikes before putting them on to reduce weight.

    http://www.witter-towbars.co.uk/cycle_carriers/findCycleCarrier1.php
     
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    A tow bar mounted rack will be possible with their fitted tow bar.
     
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    do you leave the bikes on the mount overnight? and how do you secure against theft?
     
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    I use one of these for my electric bike, Thule 970 Xpress 2 Bike Cycle Carrier. It's small, light and works. Once attached you can padlock it on. (y)
     
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    We use a maxxraxx towbar mounted rack that we find very good. It comes with a steel cable & padlock that you can secure your bikes on the rack.
     
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    Thank you everyone, the 3 I mentioned all hold up to 60kg and 2 are lockable but the cheaper one needs a sepate lock. I will get researching further.
     
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    We have the Thule Euroway 921 ? tow bar bike carrier and are very pleased with it. The bikes lock onto the rack which locks onto the tow bar. Win Win every way.. we still lock the 2 bikes together and also to the rack but that is really for our peace of mind. Very easy to load onto the tow ball, bikes at a low, manageable height, even better for electric bikes.. just make sure you get the one specifically for electric bikes. :):)
     
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    Yes padlock is the usual way of securing.
    But
    A padlock only keeps an honest person out !
    Saying that, it deters the opertunist criminal.
    I have padlock + a 4 core wire loop that has both n/o & n/c circuit wired to the alarm.... Hopefully get a warning if some knacker tries his hand. (Is it legal to carry a firearm abroad !)
     
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    Bolt droppers or similar will cut through most locks and there are rumours that even D locks are pickable. I would suggest a big heavy lock and chain as a visual detergent and motion sensitive alarms inside the bikes that can be heard if someone tries to move them.
     
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    And remove the bike batteries if possible.
     
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    But if they want them they will take them no matter what security measures you take. The only thing to do is make it easier for them to take the bikes next door in preference to yours,, by locks,, alarms,, covers,, etc.
    I remember my son ringing me up to say his bike had been stolen by a thief as he was waiting at a level crossing,, the scrote produced a knife just as the barriers were lifting and demanded he get off his bike, he is 6'2" but didn't argue.. the scrote just rode away as bystander stood and watched.
     
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    Carolyn,, enjoy your new MoHo.
     
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    Have a look at the Westfalia BC60, designed for two electric bikes. Also folds for easy storage.

    TM59
     
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    We have the Thule 916, specifically made for E bikes. Capacity 60 kg. We no longer have a use for this and would consider selling it. It has been used only once, (genuinely), before we changed our van and the bikes now fit inside the new van. It is in excellent, as new condition. If you are interested please PM me.
     
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    Thankyou ludo, i will endeavor to pm you once we have seen the towbar in place!
     
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    I use a thule towbar for two Kalkhoff electric bikes and also have my spare on there as only the gunk type came with motorhome.
    2 years like this and no problems.
    Motorbike chain through spare wheel and carrier and tow bar, 3 various bike lock devices holding bikes together and secured to rack- plus locks on holding arm on bike rack.
    I have a very good kalkhoff pro connect for sale if you are interested. Had to change wifes to a step through as opposed to crossbar.
    Keep meaning to list it on here in items for sale.
     
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    We looked at these at the NEC, so far have seen and played with Witter, Westfalia, Cykell and another on the Towtrust stand. The best, easiest, neatest was probably the Witter ZXE502, closely followed by Cykell (pricey). Would like to see and play with some more before deciding.

    Some alarms have a fitting (cable) that can be used to protect bikes on the back, sure someone on the forum was trying to do this with a Sigma S34 rece3ntly, and the Vanbitz Strikeback definitely has that option.
     
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