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I recently went through the torment of roof racks, towbar racks or clip on racks to cart bikes around for social family rides.
Weighing up the cost of a nice set of Rola or Thule racks for the wife's wagon and that of fitting a tow bar to it $700 ish and $1000 respectively, I opted for the $120 tailgate version which is a much better ROI option for the amount it will be used.
Additionally it will fit either my sedan or the wagon - which is nice flexibility.
Now, the tricky part. In either application, as soon as you add a bike to it, the rear plate is completely obstructed and it won't be long until the infringement notices make up the difference in savings I dread having a homemade cardboard license plate hanging off the rack but haven't as yet found anyone who can knock out a tin one in the correct State colours.
Any ideas / pointers
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You may also have to light it if you are driving at night.
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One thing to watch though - you need to specify which Registry you want them delivered to, otherwise they send the things to the closest one to your postal address, regardless of where you actually ordered them from.
Bit of a pain if you're nowhere near home during business hours.
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Cost me about $15 all told, and I have never had any trouble from the police. It sits high on the back of the rack, and is clearly visible.
Dunno if it's legal, but never had any hassles after 2 years.
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(done mine about a month ago). here's the link:
http://ols2.rta.nsw.gov.au/myPlates/olp ... ikeRackNew
PAIN - this TOO will pass
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Guidelines for using a bicycle rack attached to the rear of a vehicle
Make sure the bicycle rack is strong enough to carry the bicycle/s and is securely attached to the vehicle.
Make sure the bicycle rack and its load does not project excessively behind the rear of the vehicle or protrude more than 150 mm beyond the extreme width of either side of the vehicle.
â€˜Aâ€™ must not be more than1200 mm.
â€˜Bâ€™ must not be more than 60%
of the wheelbase.
â€˜Câ€™ must not be more than 150 mm.
A= rear overhang of bicycle and rack beyond rear of vehicle
B= distance from centre of rear wheel
to rear most projection of bicycle from rear of vehicle
A lot of vehicles will result in a projection allowance of less than 600 mm (less than half of the maximum projection by the first condition.
Examples where I have found vehicle rear overhangs published in vehicle specifications
Falcon 2008 Sedan
Wheelbase = 2838 mm
Rear overhang = 1179 mm
Projection allowed = (60% of 2838) - 1179 = 524 mm
Falcon 2008 Wagon
Wheelbase = 2921 mm
Rear overhang = 1219 mm
Projection allowed = (60% of 2921) - 1219 = 534 mm
Mitsubish 380 2008
Wheelbase = 2750 mm
Rear overhang = 1116 mm
Projection allowed = (60% of 2750) - 1116 = 534 mm
This means that in a considerable number of cases you would not be legally able to carry more than 1 bicycle, if that on the rear of the vehicle.
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I just went in to Qld Transport today to ask about accessory plates[after reading previous post on what you guys in NSW can get fined].
$59 to buy customised plates[standard plates,but yours to keep]then I'm assuming extra for the small plate.Bit of a rort I think,anyone know if this is the only way to go for Qld.
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No light = a fine (don't know how much).
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