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Old 18-12-2013, 08:44   #1 (permalink)
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Default Tow mounted bike carriers advice please

We have had our 'van now since April and during this time we have carried our Brompton folding bikes in the underbed garage. As much as we love these bikes we have been reminded recently how lovely it is to use our bigger (much bigger!) hybrid bikes with their 27 inch wheels and 27 gears.

It would be nice to take them with us but I am really concerned about the overall weight and access problems if we mount them on a rear carrier.

Does anyone have any advice please on tow hook mounted bike carriers?

Our 'van is a Globecar Globescout based on the Fiat Ducato. I have seen some nifty looking bike carriers that swing out of the way to gain access to the rear doors.

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Old 18-12-2013, 08:51   #2 (permalink)
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Hi Chockswahay,
we have a Thule towbar/ball mounted bike carrier and they are fantastic.

When I got it I was sceptical as to whether the type of fit (clamps onto the ball itself) would in fact hold up to 4 bikes...... You know, clamping to a ball, would it swing round, slide downwards over bumps etc - I used to check it every few miles however, it has NEVER moved. I got the one where the lower bike racks can be taken off and then you can put an alternative large box (or bag) on instead of the rack.

They are brilliant - would suggest the security clamp that is an extra but they do deter anyone thinking of 'lifting' the whole lot.

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We also had this problem with electric bikes having changed the MH the previous one having the Fiamma 77 wind down rack did not like 2 bikes high up on the rear end although good from a security point (thread somewhere on Techno fitting one with photo's) so decided to have a towbar fitted and use a Thule removable rack not much more expensive and better in my opinion
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Thanks chaps,

The problem is my van is a panel van and I would need to be able to open the rear doors

I did see some 'swing out' carriers but it looks as if Thule don't sell them in UK any more
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Make sure you select a tow ball mounted carrier that will suit the weight of your bikes and more importantly ensure that the van is capable of carrying that weight without compromising your payload. Obviously if there are rear opening doors on the Globescout this is another consideration to factor into the mix.

There is a place in Hinckley Leicestershire who sell the Thule Range and they are very helpful.
Afraid I can't locate them on the net.

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We have Thule tow ball rack for use on car-it tilts backwards so we can open boot.
I don't know if it would tilt far enough to open your door.
A friend has a Globescout and uses a door mounted rack-but that is only for folding bikes.
One problem with a tow ball mounted rack when I enquired about fitting one to my Ducato was that the chassis needs strengthening to take the ball-in my case it would have added 50Kg

http://www.thule.com/en/gb Have a look here.

Best check that out first.

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Hi, our current rack is like most, a high-mounted Fiamma 4 bike job, but a few years back when the kids were young and we had a folding camper, I had a tow-ball mounted 4 bike rack on the car, made by a company called Pendle.

It was easy to fit and remove in seconds and the mount itself was fixed to the tow bar mount by means of an extra plate which fitted between the base plate and the outer plate and which had a short heavy duty block with two holes to take the rack poles. The whole thing was then held in place by a simple split pin which passed through each rack pole and the block. Strong, stable and simple.

Sounds basic but it was well engineered and lasted us for many years. Don't know if Pendle are still going but if they are, it may be worth a look.
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One problem with a tow ball mounted rack when I enquired about fitting one to my Ducato was that the chassis needs strengthening to take the ball-in my case it would have added 50Kg

Best check that out first.

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Crikey was that because you have a coach built van or required on all Fiat's? I will check it out thanks...
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