Finally - the start and end of every ride isn't at home :)

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Finally - the start and end of every ride isn't at home :)

Postby pugsly » Fri Mar 09, 2007 3:58 pm

After getting a towbar custom made, and finally fitted today.

Taaa daaa

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The bikes always look huge on the back when you take a photo from the back!

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But when you look down the line of the car from the front - the bikes extend out as far as the mirrors.

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and it looks kinda normal from the side - plenty of clearance!


Now for some fun rides down the bay etc without having to deal with the nasty hills around here. :)
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Postby europa » Fri Mar 09, 2007 4:43 pm

How come the front wheels of the car are off the ground :shock:

It'll make a big difference. All that extra flexibility :D

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Postby tuco » Fri Mar 09, 2007 4:49 pm

There's no stopping you now.

I finally got a bike carrier and plan to do a few drives and rides else where. Not that we have a big choice up here.

Also good for race day when it's a half hour drive to the event. :shock:

Are you going to change that number plate when the cycling drops the weight off?
(Assuming your the guy who said he wants to drop a kilo or two :oops: )
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Postby drawn2mel » Fri Mar 09, 2007 5:41 pm

:) nice work pugsly, after getting a towbar n carrier for my own car, I can empathise with the trouble you can have fitting bikes onto a narrow car. I travel with the rear wheels off mine to fit. Dont know how yours compares, but I managed 250 for the tow bar, n same again for the carrier. I'm curious, do your bikes lock on to your new setup? whats to stop anyone from lifting the whole thing(desperate I know) off the tow bar?
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Postby leojvs » Fri Mar 09, 2007 6:27 pm

giddy up! I just stash it in the tray of the Ute, but I have that luxury. Nice numberplates!
oohhhh shiny new bike parts : -)
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Postby pugsly » Fri Mar 09, 2007 6:39 pm

europa wrote:How come the front wheels of the car are off the ground :shock:


*da boom* *tish*

:) Don't worry, when I jump in it counter balances nicely :)
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Postby pugsly » Fri Mar 09, 2007 6:40 pm

tuco wrote:Are you going to change that number plate when the cycling drops the weight off?


Nup. The nick dates back to some happy times at uni. I'll hang onto it for a long long time.

Then... ask me again when I become a skinny bastard! :P
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Postby pugsly » Fri Mar 09, 2007 6:44 pm

drawn2mel wrote:Dont know how yours compares, but I managed 250 for the tow bar, n same again for the carrier. I'm curious, do your bikes lock on to your new setup? whats to stop anyone from lifting the whole thing(desperate I know) off the tow bar?


Bar was $220 plus $95 to fit - $119 for the carrier.

The carrier locks onto the ball with a key - takes all of two seconds to remove if you have the key. As for securing the bikes on there - you can ran a cable lock through the carrier which will give you a very small degree of protection. I just plan not to leave them unattended for long.
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Postby sogood » Fri Mar 09, 2007 8:42 pm

Nice. With a bike carrier, you'll be able to ride at places that you never dreamed before.
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Postby drawn2mel » Fri Mar 09, 2007 8:57 pm

I see.. the set up looks great. I know you have one but I can [and i hope not to jinx me here]recommend the swagman xp bike carrier. Maybe i'm careful but my bikes ave been safe on the rack travelling round for 6 weeks now. Sometimes left in national parks unattended for 5-6 days at a time. With a bit of insulation foam as extra padding,it hasn't chipped or scratched my precious bikes!
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Postby Mulger bill » Fri Mar 09, 2007 9:43 pm

Way to go Pugsly!

Just don't forget you've left the car and pedal home anyway :oops:

A pool noodle will stop the bikes clanging and scratching :wink:
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Postby pugsly » Sat Mar 10, 2007 1:06 pm

Wife and I went down to the end of North Road today. First test of the bike carrier. No swinging, no problems. We rode to St. Kilda and back - 10km round trip, 10km/h average speed - the Mrs is still gaining confidence, and did pretty well considering all the people about. We stopped at the St. Kilda baths for a spot of brunch and sat on the beach watching the world go by.

Lovely way to spend a morning! :D
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Postby europa » Sat Mar 10, 2007 8:51 pm

Awwwwww :D

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Postby MJF » Sun Mar 11, 2007 8:47 am

Awww- Pugsly! Now I don't have an excuse to keep a towbar off my 240Z!
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