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After getting a towbar custom made, and finally fitted today.
The bikes always look huge on the back when you take a photo from the back!
But when you look down the line of the car from the front - the bikes extend out as far as the mirrors.
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.
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.
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 )
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?
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!
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.
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!
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!
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