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Roof bar & bike carrier recommendations for 2011 Audi A4

garynevstaschegarynevstasche Posts: 99
edited July 2012 in Road buying advice
Hi, looking to get some roof bars for my A4 in order to make transporting my bikes a little easier and also attach a narrow roofbox for holidays.

Seem to be a few options out there so I was wondering what roof bars people recommend and also which bike carriers you attach to them.


  • nicklousenicklouse Posts: 50,675 Lives Here
    Thule. Thule.
    aero bars. and whichever suits your bike(s).
    "Do not follow where the path may lead, Go instead where there is no path, and Leave a Trail."
    Parktools :?:SheldonBrown
  • ^^^^ This. Spend the time putting in all the rubber bits, unless you like whistles and turbulence noises.
  • apreadingapreading Posts: 4,535
    I have an A4 Avant - got a Thule Pacific 600 narrow box, which is a good size for storage and is narrow enough to allow me to put a Thule Proride 591 bike carrier on at the same time. I dont think the A4 is wide enough to carry 2 bikes with the box though. I also have a Saris Bones RS to go on the back which can carry 3 bikes - so the family of 4 can travel with bikes and still use the box for storage. All of this kit is awesome and I would buy the same again without hesitation. That is, unless I had a towbar in which case I would get a rear carrier that fitted that.
  • Thanks for all the responses guys.

    Looks like Thule is the way to go!

    Just one query re: the Thule Bike Carriers, is there any specific reason not to go for the cheaper 'Freeride' model?
  • nicklousenicklouse Posts: 50,675 Lives Here
    which is that?

    loaded with 3 bikes


    2 x 591 and one of the ones that holds by the fork (561). at the start of a 1200Km drive.

    the 532 is not quite as easy to use.
    "Do not follow where the path may lead, Go instead where there is no path, and Leave a Trail."
    Parktools :?:SheldonBrown
  • The Freeride is the 532.

    As I'm working to a budget I thought I could get a couple of these carriers (rather than the more expensive models) which would allow me to buy the aero/wing bar over the standard square bar.
  • apreadingapreading Posts: 4,535
    Bike shop told me the 532 is flimsy and 591 was the way to go. I trust them and didnt bother to question the advice - didnt fancy skimping here and paying for damage to bike/car if something happens. The 591 is also really easy to get bike in/out and doesnt need fiddly adjustments for different bikes.

    If you want cheaper, I am sure some on here have said that Halfrauds do a clone of the Thule ones - no idea what they are like though.

    I have seen quite a few Mont Blanc ones in the car park at Swinley too - you can get a twin pack of them at a reasonable price: ... 65477#tab1
  • bigmatbigmat Posts: 5,134
    591 is a great bit of kit. Very solid. Best deal I could find was on the Ford Online Parts website - £65 delivered I think it was. Got the roof bars from Lidl and they are excellent for the money (£25 or so). I used to have one of the Thule rear mounted racks which was also excellent - rock solid and didn't stop you opening / closing the boot on a hatchback. Doesn't fit new car though, hence the change to roof mounted.
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