Thule Ride On Towbar Bike Carrier 2/3 Bike (models 9502/9503)- £139.99 /£172.99 (with code) @ Wiggle
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Thule Ride On Towbar Bike Carrier 2/3 Bike (models 9502/9503)- £139.99 /£172.99 (with code) @ Wiggle

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Found 10th Jun
Thule Ride On towbar Bike Carrier

2 or 3 Bike Carrier available.

2 Bike £139.99 or 3 Bike £172.99 using Promo Code ‘GETTHERE’. Free Delivery.

Promo code is for new customers and gives a £10 discount.

Also TCB offer around 2-3% cashback at Wiggle.

The carriers seem to have good reviews and from what I have read Thule appear to be decent quality.
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You obviously need a tow ball for this to save anybody looking.

£170 on Amazon from a seller PFJones.
The only decent way to transport cycles Ive tried many
I have the three bike carrier and it’s brilliant
Krizzo37 h, 18 m ago

The only decent way to transport cycles Ive tried many


What would you say is the next best way for those that don’t have a tow bar? I won’t be a regular transporter, only a few times a month most probably. Thx.
Cristiano27 m ago

What would you say is the next best way for those that don’t have a tow b …What would you say is the next best way for those that don’t have a tow bar? I won’t be a regular transporter, only a few times a month most probably. Thx.


Thule roof rack is probably the next best
Cristiano1 h, 15 m ago

What would you say is the next best way for those that don’t have a tow b …What would you say is the next best way for those that don’t have a tow bar? I won’t be a regular transporter, only a few times a month most probably. Thx.


There isn’t, sorry
Roof rack with 591 or 598 carriers on it.
A bit of a pain to get bikes on and off but does the job. If you have a high vehicle factor in a platform style step to reach.
Krizzo326 m ago

There isn’t, sorry


No next best way, NO? Are you trying to say hang them off the back or don’t bother? That’s just silly.

Yes a tow ball carrier is better but when you factor in Towbar fitting, electrics, number plate, etc your looking at about £500
Oneday7715 m ago

No next best way, NO? Are you trying to say hang them off the back or …No next best way, NO? Are you trying to say hang them off the back or don’t bother? That’s just silly. Yes a tow ball carrier is better but when you factor in Towbar fitting, electrics, number plate, etc your looking at about £500


You could go smart about it, buy second hand tow bar and fit it yourself.

Cost me circa £120 for a used westfalia
Cost my friend circa £220 for new basic westfalia + wiring kit

Ive seen people load bikes on the cars roofs, especially those with new cars, it was comical what efforts were made not to scratch the car.

I have had a saris bones rack, good but not great, especially the metal on metal hooks that go around your tailgate.

Next best option for me is not good enough to be listed, maybe chuck the bikes inside a car if you have an estate.
Krizzo327 m ago

You could go smart about it, buy second hand tow bar and fit it …You could go smart about it, buy second hand tow bar and fit it yourself.Cost me circa £120 for a used westfaliaCost my friend circa £220 for new basic westfalia + wiring kitIve seen people load bikes on the cars roofs, especially those with new cars, it was comical what efforts were made not to scratch the car.I have had a saris bones rack, good but not great, especially the metal on metal hooks that go around your tailgate.Next best option for me is not good enough to be listed, maybe chuck the bikes inside a car if you have an estate.



Are towbars not supposed to be typed approved per fitting, otherwise insurance is void?

I hate the tailgate fit racks. Especially if you have a rimless rear screen which i did at the time.
Don't get me wrong, I'd have preferred a ball mount carrier but the roof option is doable, especially as I can still fit 2 bikes and my 3/4 roof box.
Oneday776 m ago

Are towbars not supposed to be typed approved per fitting, otherwise …Are towbars not supposed to be typed approved per fitting, otherwise insurance is void?I hate the tailgate fit racks. Especially if you have a rimless rear screen which i did at the time.Don't get me wrong, I'd have preferred a ball mount carrier but the roof option is doable, especially as I can still fit 2 bikes and my 3/4 roof box.



Towbars are type approved they have an ID plate on them
In the UK you can fit it yourself no checks are required
I know one other country where it needs to be checked at "mot" station and added to documentation, but not here
They will test the electric plug on the every MOT though

No official data but:
pfjones.co.uk/tow…tml
Roof is just about doable, but it's like saying what's next best way to eat food if you don't have a plate or similar....and the bikes mean you can't enter a lot of car parks.
Get this is you're transporting 3x a month.
OoEliteoO13 h, 55 m ago

I have the three bike carrier and it’s brilliant


Good to know ordered that one
If you have a car with a panoramic roof like me you are limited to what weight you put on your roof but with the three bike carrier not only can you obviously put three bikes on but when you need more space you can buy a box that fits to the carrier
Code for new customers only
Krizzo311th Jun

There isn’t, sorry


You are, of course, quite wrong.

While a towbar rack is very convenient, it's normally the most expensive option when you factor in the fitting of a towbar + electrics. Often a roof-rack can be a good alternative with a few advantages and disadvantages:

Pros:
- Bikes are well out of the way. Easy access to boot. Less vulnerable to theft (although still need to be locked properly if left unattended!)
- Can tow a caravan at the same time. Most towbar racks are either ball mount (so cannot tow at the same time), or flange mount (which can be very challenging to stay under the towbar nose-weight limit - especially important on a caravan
- Cost - cheaper than a towbar rack + towbar

Cons:
- Harder to load bikes if you have a tall car, or short legs.
- Height - you soon become super aware of low bridges, car park barriers etc!
- Cost - they're still not cheap, especially if you get a decent one like Thule
- Need to be careful with very lightweight / carbon frames. Thule do a protector for this purpose and now do the "Upride" rack which is a really cool looking thing!

Regarding loading bikes, if you're not too short, there's no real problem. I have a Volvo XC60 (not exactly a low car) and am 5ft 11" and load bikes onto mine several times per week. Even though I have four racks, so the interior ones are harder to reach, I don't find it especially hard to do and have always done it myself, without help. It's important to dismantle and "flip" two of the racks so they are handed correctly for loading - this is in the instructions for the bike rack.

For me, I mostly use a roof rack because I tow a caravan and haven't really found a need to go to the expense of buying a towbar rack for when I'm not towing.

If you're in any doubt of your wrongness, turn up to some cycling events and you'll see plenty of people unloading bikes from roof racks with minimal faff :-)
daern25 m ago

You are, of course, quite wrong.While a towbar rack is very convenient, …You are, of course, quite wrong.While a towbar rack is very convenient, it's normally the most expensive option when you factor in the fitting of a towbar + electrics. Often a roof-rack can be a good alternative with a few advantages and disadvantages:Pros:- Bikes are well out of the way. Easy access to boot. Less vulnerable to theft (although still need to be locked properly if left unattended!)- Can tow a caravan at the same time. Most towbar racks are either ball mount (so cannot tow at the same time), or flange mount (which can be very challenging to stay under the towbar nose-weight limit - especially important on a caravan- Cost - cheaper than a towbar rack + towbarCons:- Harder to load bikes if you have a tall car, or short legs.- Height - you soon become super aware of low bridges, car park barriers etc!- Cost - they're still not cheap, especially if you get a decent one like Thule- Need to be careful with very lightweight / carbon frames. Thule do a protector for this purpose and now do the "Upride" rack which is a really cool looking thing!Regarding loading bikes, if you're not too short, there's no real problem. I have a Volvo XC60 (not exactly a low car) and am 5ft 11" and load bikes onto mine several times per week. Even though I have four racks, so the interior ones are harder to reach, I don't find it especially hard to do and have always done it myself, without help. It's important to dismantle and "flip" two of the racks so they are handed correctly for loading - this is in the instructions for the bike rack.For me, I mostly use a roof rack because I tow a caravan and haven't really found a need to go to the expense of buying a towbar rack for when I'm not towing.If you're in any doubt of your wrongness, turn up to some cycling events and you'll see plenty of people unloading bikes from roof racks with minimal faff :-)


I wish one day I will be as smart as you

My used westfalia detachable towbar cost me £100 with plug in electrics

My car specific roof bars cost me £70 used

What is the price difference for a 2-3 bike towbar rack and roof racks?

Option for people who obviously do not want to tow a caravan/trailer at the same time.
Edited by: "Krizzo3" 14th Jun
Sure, but comparing used prices vs new doesn't really help anyone. You can pick up used roof racks and bike carriers second hand too... Also, the vast majority of people looking to buy bike carriers would not want to DIY fit a towbar to their car, which can often be a very complicated process, hence the relatively high costs.

The point I was making (without a great deal of tact or diplomacy, it must be said - sorry!) was that roof bars and carriers are a good alternative to a towbar carrier and, for some use cases, actually superior and that stating that there is no viable option to a towbar carrier is really not a well informed position to take.
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