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    The missus wants us to start taking the kids out on the bikes so we are going to need a bike carrier of some form.

    I have the standard roof runners (that you can clip roof bars to) on my veccy estate and was thinking of getting a roof mounted system. The car is long enough without having a couple of bikes stuck on the end as well!

    Anybody got any suggestions?

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    I know you said its long enough already, but IMHO you should avoid roof racks like the plague. You will one day forget you have the bikes on there. It will also kill your mpg. On the back out of the way either boot mounted or on a tow bar mount.

    Obviously just my opinion and otehrs will disagree, but ive dont some big mileages with bikes on teh car and these IMO are the best way

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    Quote Originally Posted by s_zigmond View Post
    I know you said its long enough already, but IMHO you should avoid roof racks like the plague. You will one day forget you have the bikes on there. It will also kill your mpg. On the back out of the way either boot mounted or on a tow bar mount.

    Obviously just my opinion and otehrs will disagree, but ive dont some big mileages with bikes on teh car and these IMO are the best way
    Yes my mate at work forgot he had them on the top and went into the height barrier of a car park.
    It was an expensive mistake...

    I didn't think the rear boot mounted devices were that safe?

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    The other thing that i need to mention is that I have an Irmscher roof mounted spoiler so I think that will stop me from using any rear mounted carriers?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marky View Post
    Yes my mate at work forgot he had them on the top and went into the height barrier of a car park.
    It was an expensive mistake...

    I didn't think the rear boot mounted devices were that safe?
    Well between me an the old man we have probably covered 30000+ miles with bikes on boot mount carriers over the years at speeds up to about 130mph with out issue. The old carriers were rubbish, but modern ones with side straps etc are excellent. I havent tried one, but the bones racks are getting good feed back at the moment.

    The tow bar ones are also good, but I still prefer a boot mounted one

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marky View Post
    The other thing that i need to mention is that I have an Irmscher roof mounted spoiler so I think that will stop me from using any rear mounted carriers?

    Will be fine as long as you put something under the strap to protect the spoiler. Also wont effect tow ball mounted ones

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    Hopefully others will be along shortly to give their opinions

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    Used tow bar mount bike rack on my vec B estate, brill, clips over tail gate spoiler, held 3 bikes. Remove towball install mount,need longer bolts, replace towball, still got the rack, no sure about mount , if we we still have it, you can have it,no longer tow.

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    Been looking again at the bike carriers.

    Does anyone have any experience of Cruz bars and carriers?

    From Roofbox.co.uk I can get a pair of Cruz bicci-rack bike carriers and a set of Cruz OptiPlus roof bars (complete with fitting kit and locks) for £119.45

    This seems good value to me...

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    I use 2 mont blanc barracuda racks for the roof, very sturdy and strong and i hardly notice them on the roof when doing distances so i would recommend them..but as Ziggy said above, it does knock your MPG and if your an air head you might do something stupid like above...

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