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    Can anyone recommend me a good bike carrier i have been lookng around the net but nothing is jumping out.

    Any advice would be appreciated as i have never used one before so am unsure of what style etc to get.

    BTW vectra hatchback and its to carry 2 bikes

    Thanks guy's

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    This would have to be on my lottery list as an extortionatly expensive item for being a comlete lazy to5ser



    Designed to take all the effort out of loading or unloading a bike. Incorporates a gas-assisted strut that allows the support bar and bicycle to smoothly cantilever clear of the car side and roof
    How cool is that for a bike carrier.

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    cheers bud

    need to investigate further

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    I used to carry bikes on the roof, with roof bars & cheap upright paddy hopkirk cycle carriers, didn't have roof bars for the vec c until recently (got some bargain vx ones) bought a rear carrier second hand but I prefer to roof mount as they bikes can get damaged rubbing against each other on the rear mounted ones ( I used 2 karate belts to stop that happening), I could carry 6 bikes now

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ben H View Post
    This would have to be on my lottery list as an extortionatly expensive item for being a comlete lazy to5ser


    How cool is that for a bike carrier.
    This one is OPEL partnumber 67 32474; price around 250 euro for one;

    the 'premium' carrier (partnumber 67 32472) is around 110 euro; the standard one (partnumber 67 32451) is 87 euro

    prices of THULE-systems will be more or less the same

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    Most of the bike carriers i see are not used correctly! The bikes completely cover the tail lights and number plate. I followed a people carrier the other day with about 4 or 5 bikes hanging off the back of it and i could not see when he braked or which way he was going TO$$ER!!!!!!!!!
    Make sure you will not be doing the same OR do it correctly and fit a light board

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    I'd recommend the Thule EuroClassic Pro 902/903 http://www.thule.com/Thule/ProductPage____33581.aspx It's easy to setup and use
    I've used roof mounted prior to this and I much prefer the bikes on the back as you can see what they are doing and with this rack they don't rub or loose any paint as i've expereinced with the roof mount racks.

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    Looked @ this last weekend and my findings on the rear rack mount: -

    I have a halfords one which has two pivot points which I used on the veccy B to go over the rear spoiler, it also keeps the bikes high and angled like the window so not covering of lights, plate and more aerodynamic. The B had bolts all the way along the top of the bumper which were visable when the hatch was open. These babies gave awesome strength to holding the bumper in place when the bottom of the rack as on it.

    Adjusting the same rack for the C just isn't as fun as you have to go over the rear wiper arm (not to much a prob) but the bumper flex (as no bolts like the B) is a worry. I have parking sensors etc. and the last thing I need is the bumper deforming etc. Why get something right and then **** it up, but this is the Veccy C rear all the way though.

    Also the hooks that go under the bumper don't have such nice mounting positions anymore, infact on a quick look I don't think any position where suitable.

    Roof mount is the best option if you like your rear bumper.

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    i use the roof bike carriers. i got them from halfords a while back. i find them quite easy to load and unload, but im quite tall (6'2") and the car is lowered quite a bit.

    but the bikes are very securely fastened and the roof bars have locks.



    i could quite easily fit 3 bikes on the roof

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    Thanks guy's

    I think im going to go with the roof set up the same as Carl as it looks slightly better imho and i wont have any issues with getting the bike's on the roof, so thanks once again folks

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