Halfords 4 Bike Tow Bar Cycle Carrier
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Halfords 4 Bike Tow Bar Cycle CarrierWith Halfords 4 Bike Tow Bar Cycle Carrier your bikes are in good hands. This useful carrier cradles up to 4 of your bikes with its strong, adjustable and padded arms. The cycle carrier is very easy to install and as the bikes are carried on the cars tow bar, the roof is free for a roof box if you're off on your jollies.
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Halfords 4 Bike Tow Bar Cycle Carrier Extra Info
- Carries up to 4 bikes
- Light board included with 7 pin plug (this is a legal requirement if rear lights/number plate is obscured
- Adjustable plastic wheel locators
- Easy installation when fitting to your tow ball
- Minimum vehicle nose weight : 75kg
- Approximately 95cm long measuring from the centre of the tow ball to lighting board (not including bikes)
Load Capacity: 60kg No. of bikes held: 4 Max bike weight: 25kg
Rated 4.6 out of 5 by 145 reviewers.Rated 5 out of 5 by Siggy59 Very Impressed I compared many different types of cycle carrier long and hard before choosing this one and right up until the last minute I was going to go for the 3-bike Thule towbar cycle carrier because I tend to favour the brand names but another review on this site made me go with this and I'm so glad that I did. I bought it to fit a Vauxhall Insignia Hatchback fitted with a detachable ACS Systems towbar which gives a clearance on my vehicle between the ball of the towbar and the bumper of 60mm which is more than enough room to fit this cycle carrier. This was my first worry dealt with because the instructions recommend 65mm clearance but you can quite easily get away with as little as 30mm. My second worry was, how on earth does this cycle rack, which is 1 metre long and about 15kg in weight, carry 60-80kgs of bikes and still manage to remain stable on just a little towbar ball, surely it’s going to drop to the ground as soon as the first bike is strapped to it? I still cannot answer this question but it just does and fully laden and driving over 300 miles it didn’t budge a millimetre! Amazing, it defies the laws of physics! Fitting is very easy and even easier if two people do it, with one holding the rack while the other guides the jaws of the towball clamp over the towball and screws it tight. Final tightening of a pinch bolt with a spanner (provided) totally secures the cycle carrier – and I really mean totally secures! And that’s it, worries and concerns over! Now just load on the bikes, using the straps provided to secure them firmly to the vertical supports – tightness is very important here! If you’re carrying less than 4 bikes, don’t use the 1st carrying position nearest the car, this will then allow you boot access (on the Vauxhall Insignia Hatchback – not sure about other makes & models). If you’re carrying 4 bikes, then you will need to turn the handlebars of the 1st bike through 90 degrees (whilst transporting) to allow boot access (on the Insignia). This is easily done by loosening a bolt in the handlebars’ stem with an allen key. When driving off for the 1st time it’s natural to keep looking in the rear view mirror to check that all’s okay but after a while you will become more confident with the rack’s secureness and start to forget that the bikes are even there. Although one thing I would recommend, is that after the first 5-10 miles, pull over and check everything, from towbar tightness to strap tightness. I did this and the towbar fitting was very secure but one of the bikes needed strapping more tightly to the vertical support. So £180 well spent, although it only cost us £170, as we managed to get a £10 online discount! Happy days, wish I’d have bought one sooner! PS - don't forget to buy a rear registration plate. They cost £16 and Halfords can knock one up in about 5 minutes but you'll need your driving licence and V5 Car Registration document. 28 March 2016Rated 5 out of 5 by Simon19 Great quality Great quality product. Seems strong and sturdy. Just be aware that some of these have been packaged with only half of the required straps. I had to go back to the shop where another rack was opened and I was given the straps from that box (that rack was also short of straps). Probably worth checking before you leave the car park. 27 October 2015Rated 5 out of 5 by Verified Reviewer Great product I'm really writing this to praise the customer service I had at the Inverness store. The staff were friendly and very helpful in helping me find the correct product for me car. 26 October 2015Rated 3 out of 5 by Webby1401 A good, no nonsense product Very happy with this product...a little time consuming to set up and afix bicycles to.. would imagine that it will become easier and quicker to load up the more its used. This would have received 5 stars if their was a tilt option for easy access into the rear of your vehicle. But all in all..... a great item to own. 21 September 2015Rated 4 out of 5 by gusty1 great features but Could do with plastic wheel holders being a little wider apart especially for e-bikes otherwise great product 30 August 2015Rated 5 out of 5 by mindovermatter truly excellent I was attracted by the price of this bike rack and the fact that I could get it fitted at my local Halfords (Plymouth Marshmills) The fitting was fine (thanks to Tom) and we used the rack on a two week holiday in the UK (Scotland and back) It was great - I got really confident at putting 4 bikes on the rack although I bought some extra straps just to make sure. I allowed 15 minutes to put four bikes on (much less to take off!) In fact the rack is still on the van - don't forget to get a number plate. All in all, a fabulous bit of kit - well made and study and certainly fit for purpose. 29 August 2015Rated 5 out of 5 by Jack999 Excellent Product Bought this in Halfords Dublin and Just completed a 1500km roundtrip Dublin to France (our first family camp holiday in France). We have 2 adult bikes, 1 small adult bike and 1 kids 16" bike. 145kph on the Auto was no problem when overtaking, no noise, no shaking the car, you wouldn't know it was there. . I can do the whole set up myself now from start to finish in 15 mins. My car is Opel Insignia Hatchback which means I can open the hatch back too while bikes are loaded which was great on the ferry as we could get whatever we needed out of the back easily. No problem with the spanner supplied although I now use my own socket wrench for the side bolt just so I don't damage the outer grooves. It got lots of looks too and one family stopped us to ask where I got it and how much it cost as they are fed up strapping bikes to their car. The first few kilometres you are checking the mirror and I stopped once to check the bolt tightening but I didn't need to and did not do that again, now I just drive like its not there and I don't bother checking the tension etc. Just put the straps on right, tighten the bolts and your all sorted. Also, I had some worries about ground clearance going up on the ferry which was steep but no problem at all. 24 August 2015Rated 5 out of 5 by barbara17 tow bar bike carrier fits on car like a dream,have got round to trying it with my bikes not yet 22 August 2015
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