Bike carriers and height restrictions

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  1. sergiup

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    This is going to be a bit of a silly question, but I'm well known for sometimes overlooking the obvious. Due to the logistics of the wife and I commuting to work and taking the baby to nursery, it would often be handy to have a bike rack on the car; the reason is that some weeks I can only do either the nursery drop-off or pick-up so the wife does the other part, however I almost always commute by bike (bicycle). The wife would normally leave the car at the station when doing her part, and herein lies the issue - there's a height restriction at the entrance, and our car allegedly only takes a roof-mounted carrier.

    So at the moment, it looks like I'd have to get to the station car park with the bike on the roof, stop at the entrace, take the bike off the roof (and unless I lock it, anyone could steal it), drive the car in, park, take bike and go; reverse happens when I'm going the other way.

    Am I missing something obvious here? Maybe a bull-bar style bike mount on the front of the car? :rotfl: I can also see myself forgetting to stop one day and... well, you know :blush::eek:
     
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    You can get towbar carriers but if you don't already have a towbar, that pushes the price up considerably. How far is the commute? Is a folding bike an option? Although again a decent one isn't cheap.
     
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    Look for an alternative car park?

    I assume you already have the roof carrier, so really nothing you can do to alter it. Perhaps fit a hinge that allows it to drop down flat.
     
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    Potentially good call. There a sites where you can search for spaces around the station that companies or individuals rent. eg:

    YourParkingSpace

    ParkLet
     
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    What car is it? No option at all of some form of rear carrier? Could be different if you're doing motorway travel or long driving but assuming its just a couple of miles to the station I'm surprised you cant find some form of carrier that'll fit on the back.

    Alternatively as already mentioned, a folding bike or different car park
     
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    The towbar carriers I looked were quite large; but then I found the Thule 970 Xpress which seems to fit the bill, I'd just need to get a towbar installed; a removable one is around £300 (with no electrics, don't need them anyway) which is definitely an option. I just need to make sure I can fit it myself.
    Commute is about 11 miles and there's near-zero chance of changing / getting another bike. It's just a logistics issue really, and a bike carrier would be handy for other purposes anyway.

    I don't yet, that's why I'm asking all these questions :) Hinge might not work either, car is ~1.8m tall, car park entry is 2.1m - that's still not enough space.

    Good call, I'll take a look.

    16-reg Sorento, I suspect the design of the rear hatch / spoiler at the top gets in the way of all the usual rear-mounted carriers. The towbar one I just found (mentioned above) might work though, investigating that now.

    And all this talk of changing bikes.. pfff! :rotfl:
     
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    B-I-L had one and liked it. Not tried it myself though.
    Fitting tow bars is not too difficult. Usually designed to pick up on existing locations. I'd look for an OEM one if possible. The day before you fit it, spray PlusGas or another penetrating oil on all the bolts that need removing. Not WD40, it's not the same.
    Electrics are now also plug and play in the rear cluster. No more Scotch-locks!
    It's worth fitting the electrics now, even though you don't need them. A selling point when you sell the car.

    I’d change the car :D
     
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    Others seem to make it work
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    Thanks - I reckon there would be a cheap option for a GT-R :D There's even enough space for a child seat in that! Though I may need to wait a few more years, I'm still too young to claim "midlife crisis".

    I've seen that too, it's the model after that though, and I'm only hesitant because no website seems to explicitly state that this type would work. I'll check their site though!
     
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    Have a look at a Saris Bones bike carrier. I have one for my Scirocco and it fits the mrs hyundai as the rack is fully adjustable also packs flat to put in boot of car when not required.
     
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    If the bike blocks the tail tights and number plate then you will need a tailboard with lights. You would then need electrics.
     
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    I will, thanks.
     
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    The car is enormous. Put the split rear seat down, take the front wheel off the bike and put the bike in the car.
     
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    That's the simple, free solution; but it's also a reason to not buy stuff, and ask any cyclist how well that goes down with his buddies :rotfl:
    On a more serious note, the issue is that there's sometimes stuff in the back seat area, which makes it more difficult. Coincidentally, this is what I do now :thumbsup:
     
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    Kind of like a trailer bike? great lateral thinking :laugh::thumbsup:
     
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    Good idea until @sergiup reverses into the parking space. He's already said he may forget about the roof rack :D
     
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