Bike racks

emblinkie
emblinkie Posts: 2
edited October 2012 in Road general
Hi,

I need to attach 4 road bikes to my Audi a3 3 door. I have never transported bikes in his way before and I'm clueless. I need to travel to Dover for a charity ride and I just don't know how to do it. Can anyone help? I don't have a large budget, so an option around £80 max...

A friend can lend me things for the roof but I need roof rails, which I don't have.

Thanks

Em

Comments

  • Plenty of roof fitting racks for Audi's with no rails out there. there are clamps which fit around the door area instead.

    Try Thule.
  • Dorset_Boy
    Dorset_Boy Posts: 6,914
    As far as I'm aware, a rear mounted bike carrier will only take 3 bikes max unless it is a towbar mounted one.
    Roof wise, then I don't know!
  • farrina
    farrina Posts: 360
    emblinkie wrote:
    Hi,

    I need to attach 4 road bikes to my Audi a3 3 door. I have never transported bikes in his way before and I'm clueless. I need to travel to Dover for a charity ride and I just don't know how to do it. Can anyone help? I don't have a large budget, so an option around £80 max...

    A friend can lend me things for the roof but I need roof rails, which I don't have.

    Thanks

    Em

    It's been many years but I did (unbelievably) manage to fit 4 bike on my Fiat UNO many years ago . You may need roof bars that overhang the car to achieve this.

    It's not entirely clear from your post as to exactly what you need so my response may cover more ground than you need. IMHO Thule are the Rolls Royce of roof racks - you can check what is needed for your car here at Halfords
    http://www.halfords.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/categorydisplay_storeId_10001_catalogId_10151_categoryId_165618_langId_-1 They seem to offer a range of racks ( including other makes) although you may be able to source them cheaper online.

    I don't think you have any chance of sorting a rack for the budget you have quoted. Bear in mind that you cannot afford to scrimp on these type of attachments as not only is there the potential damage to your car and bikes to consider if anything should fall off there are also other road users to consider.

    In my experience the best way of transporting bikes is on the roof using bars to which (with front wheels removed) you clamp the front forks into a frame like the one shown here http://www.parker-international.co.uk/18210/Elite-San-Remo-Roof-Bike-Carrier.html

    With picture here http://www.amazon.co.uk/Elite-Remo-Roof-Carrier-Black/dp/B002RVUH76

    You might consider imposing a levy on your fellow passengers?

    Make sure rack is very secure before you set off!

    Regards

    Alan

    Ps don't forget to put your front wheels in the boot ( been there got the t shirt) and don't forget the height of your car - thinking barriers over public car parks and toll booths set up for cars only - seen caved in car roofs because of this ( thankfully not mine!)
    Regards
    Alan
  • Put one in the boot?