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PostPosted: Tue Mar 06, 2018 6:35 pm 
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I alternate them, and also for a couple of them rotate the handlebars through 90 degrees to keep it all narrow

I’d take them, but lock them and insure them as required. Else what’s the point in having them if you don’t use them in your life, when you want?


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 06, 2018 7:43 pm 
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Sherwood and Whinfell have never had a problem here, have the usual thriving skin signs so lock them up.
But that's the same as trail centres and town anyway.


Use the T-bars since you have them, much easier. And neater.

Which racks have you got.
If Pro style quick clamp fat swing arm.

For the two outer ones switch the mount to the other side for one of them, so they just fall in/out easily with the bar up from the side of the car.
If a middle on, then whatever floats your boat.
Kids bike can be an arse sometimes as they are well shorter and then downtube is in the wrong place, so work on getting it setup nicely.
That and the bars are also in the wrong place if reversed.

But your setup may not have a problem.


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 09, 2018 12:39 am 
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Cheers for the advice.

Indeed, what's the point in having them if too scared to ride. I'll make sure they are insured, some already are, some need adding.

I'll play with the roof bars over the weekend if I get time, might put the adult bikes on the roof and the kids ones out the back.


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 09, 2018 9:07 am 
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The saris bones is an excellent rack. Took me one trip to trust it without constantly looking in my mirror. I now don’t think twice about putting three gates/29ers on it on the back of the x trail. Doddle to load and set up. Just don’t put hooks on glass edges.


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 10, 2018 7:59 pm 
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Do the bikes get in the way of the lights using the saris? Don't want to get pulled over by the police.


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 10, 2018 10:11 pm 
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Depends on the car and the bikes. Mine was fine with high level light clusters on a 4x4


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 11, 2018 12:51 am 
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Just use the roof bars and avoid the doubt?


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 11, 2018 1:12 am 
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That's the plan, but not sure I'll get 4 on top of the focus estate. The ford aero bars are a sculpted so the usable bar is not as wide as the roof.


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 19, 2018 12:31 am 
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Thule racks now fitted. No way am I getting four on the roof, so the saris will get dusted down and tested at the weekend.


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 19, 2018 8:48 am 
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Try putting them front/back/front/back/front. And see if you can slide them as well.
My record is 5 on a Bora, had room for 6, but only 5 racks :(

(Another 9 bikes in pieces in the boot/back seat, but that's another story!)


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