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    Default Thule cycle carriers for vec c 2002 onwards??

    Does anyone use these and if so can you tell me of your experiences with them?

    I want to fit two of the all aluminium top of the range sets onto the thule aero roof bars and thule feet for my 06 vec c.

    This is what im talking about..

    http://www.thule.com/Thule/ProductPage____44277.aspx

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    Anyone???

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    I had a pair of Thule 591's on genuine Vauxhall aero bars (basically Thule I believe)
    They were absolutely superb & gave complete worry free driving. I used to have a strap on rack on the boot of my works Astra & used to watch the thing sway all over the place. Don't know if it was the fact you can't see them up there on the roof but without a doubt it would be the only way I'll ever use now. Even at 70mph the only problem was the fuel consumption but I was in a bit of a hurry.
    I've still got the 591s, just need some bars for the Zafira now.

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    Cool Ben. thanks very much for that just what I needed.

    I must admit when I see others with them they do look to sway a bit which is my reason for asking but they obviously work just fine.

    Its the 591 im picking up tomoz.

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    When stationary yeah you can give them a push but when you do the clamp and the straps up and it all goes tight you feel you've bought a quality product. They are so easy to operate too.

    I got a single lock set for mine and now have two different lock barrels which may be of use. You never know. It may sound unlikely but I only had to replace one barrel on my pair as the other one already matched the serial number of what was supplied with the lock kit.

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    Do you mean the twisting lock on the front i think?

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    Yeah, you sit the bike in the wheel mounts and compared to the Mont Blancs where I believe you can leave it to stand on its own they're no hassle at all.
    You keep hold of ya bike frame with one hand, with the other offer the clamp up to the down tube then twist away, it's very easy & takes seconds to do. Once tight let go and fasten the straps.

    Was concerned over the missus bike being a ladies frame but that was no problem at all.

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    ah i see now! Well let you how I get on...see if my veccy ever forgives me..lol

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    Well i fitted them and yes they work fine, but I think a little more thought could have gone into the engineering of componants. Like some split washers at bolt points to ensure extra safety. I dont like the way the bikes wobble from side to side. This can only put extra stress on the whole system.

    Then there was the lining up of the bars. Because it was a case of push-me-pull-you it took ages getting them spaced equally either side. Then the actual cycle carriers are made ony for the right hand side of your car. Yes , I only had to take the bits off and turn them around, but that means both bikes are off centre as all plates are mass pressed. I think that there is too much trust on plastic parts ie the grip tensioners that hold the wheels on.

    Considering they are the top of market and most expensive and used by Vauxhall, a very dodgy system indeed, but they work.....for now!


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