Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Guest
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.




BDFL - Memuneh
60004 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 11105

Administrator
Trusted
Geekzone
Lifetime subscriber

Topic # 216694 8-Jul-2017 16:21
Send private message

Got a second hand bike rack this weekend, attached to the back of our Golf and loaded two bikes (two 26" wheels - one small girls frame, one large men's frame).

 

Because of the frames the bikes sit on an angle - which means the wheels "stick" out from the sides.

 

Is this how is supposed to be, or is there something else we're missing? Perhaps @dratsab knows?

 





View this topic in a long page with up to 500 replies per page Create new topic
 1 | 2 | 3
Talk DIrtY to me
4203 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 2241

Trusted
Subscriber

  Reply # 1815937 8-Jul-2017 16:26
Send private message

Are you able to post a pic of the rack, without the bikes on it?

 

From what I can see, the inner bike has such a small centre triangle that it might be difficult to centre it relative to your car.


4729 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 1445


  Reply # 1815940 8-Jul-2017 16:42
3 people support this post
Send private message

If you haven't already done so, you'll probably need a supplementary plate from Licensys as your ordinary one is obscured.

 

Make sure all the lights can be clearly seen as well.


 
 
 
 


Try Wrike: fast, easy, and efficient project collaboration software


BDFL - Memuneh
60004 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 11105

Administrator
Trusted
Geekzone
Lifetime subscriber

108 posts

Master Geek
+1 received by user: 2


  Reply # 1815947 8-Jul-2017 17:06
Send private message

Mauricio

 

Unfortunately all bike racks are not compatible with all bike frames and the inner bike next to the tail gate is not designed to be carried on those types of arms, or visa versa. I know as I have the same problem with a Specialized Dual suspension Mountain bike and also a German Cube bike. I have a four bike carrier shaped like an inverted Capital L and I have to make another bracket to hang on the rack then attach the bike to it.

 

The old fashion ones that look like a capital Y with clip on second bike holder can generally accommodate strange bike shapes and I also use one of those. My Cube bike sticks out at weird angles but it sits securely though.

 

I have just looked at your photo again and I see you don't have a tow bar. Have a look at the Thule NZ site as it shows a range of boot or tailgate mount bike carriers but they are eye wateringly expensive ! Thule  most probally have something to suit. There is also the roof mounted bike racks. They have the advantage of carrying the bikes out of the way and you can also open the tailgate. They look trendy too !


7400 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 2367

Subscriber

  Reply # 1815949 8-Jul-2017 17:31
Send private message

my bikes end up like that on my Ezygrip 2 pronged rack

 

its never been too much of an issue just as long as they dont stick out past your mirrors

 

 


559 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 92


  Reply # 1815952 8-Jul-2017 17:40
One person supports this post
Send private message

Looks fine.

 

Provided the important bits of the bikes aren't rubbing, and they can't fall off, then you're fine. I've had oddball bike frame designs, so some wheels will hang lower or higher than other bikes. 

 

As for supplementary plates, well I've been using a rack obscuring my plate for 15 years and never been pulled up on it. Touch wood. I will say, given the amount I ride, every car I've owned I've added a tow bar purely for my bikes!




BDFL - Memuneh
60004 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 11105

Administrator
Trusted
Geekzone
Lifetime subscriber

  Reply # 1815957 8-Jul-2017 17:42
Send private message

@Camden:

 

The old fashion ones that look like a capital Y with clip on second bike holder can generally accommodate strange bike shapes and I also use one of those. My Cube bike sticks out at weird angles but it sits securely though.

 

 

So your Cube bike still sticks out like my girl's bike?

 

@Camden:

 

There is also the roof mounted bike racks. They have the advantage of carrying the bikes out of the way and you can also open the tailgate. They look trendy too !

 

 

Problem with roof mounted is I can't see my wife putting one of the bikes there herself - and she would be using this most of the times with Bella's bike.







BDFL - Memuneh
60004 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 11105

Administrator
Trusted
Geekzone
Lifetime subscriber

  Reply # 1815958 8-Jul-2017 17:43
Send private message

@mudguard:

 

Looks fine.

 

Provided the important bits of the bikes aren't rubbing, and they can't fall off, then you're fine. I've had oddball bike frame designs, so some wheels will hang lower or higher than other bikes. 

 

 

Thanks - but looking at the first photo don't you think they "stick out" a bit too much? Mind you, the Golf is not a wide car...





Talk DIrtY to me
4203 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 2241

Trusted
Subscriber

  Reply # 1815963 8-Jul-2017 17:49
Send private message

If there's enough room in your boot, you could always remove some of the bike wheels while travelling to stop them sticking out so far.


7400 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 2367

Subscriber

  Reply # 1815965 8-Jul-2017 17:52
Send private message

you need a photo from the front of the car looking down the side to get an appreciation of how far it sticks out, the angle from the rear is deceiving.

 

 

 

 




BDFL - Memuneh
60004 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 11105

Administrator
Trusted
Geekzone
Lifetime subscriber

7400 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 2367

Subscriber

  Reply # 1815977 8-Jul-2017 18:24
Send private message

TBH if its not sticking out past the mirrors i wouldnt be worried


441 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 125

Subscriber

  Reply # 1816021 8-Jul-2017 20:27
3 people support this post
Send private message
1019 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 572
Inactive user


  Reply # 1816030 8-Jul-2017 20:41
Send private message

freitasm:

 

@mudguard:

 

Looks fine.

 

Provided the important bits of the bikes aren't rubbing, and they can't fall off, then you're fine. I've had oddball bike frame designs, so some wheels will hang lower or higher than other bikes. 

 

 

Thanks - but looking at the first photo don't you think they "stick out" a bit too much? Mind you, the Golf is not a wide car...

 

 

Beyond 200mm from the side of the vehicle (not including mirrors) any load needs to carry warning devices. You look to be beyond that but it could just be the perspective.

 

https://www.nzta.govt.nz/vehicles/vehicle-types/vehicle-classes-and-standards/vehicle-dimensions-and-mass/light-rigid-vehicles/




BDFL - Memuneh
60004 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 11105

Administrator
Trusted
Geekzone
Lifetime subscriber

  Reply # 1816032 8-Jul-2017 20:52
Send private message
 1 | 2 | 3
View this topic in a long page with up to 500 replies per page Create new topic



Twitter »

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when new discussions are posted in our forums:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when news items and blogs are posted in our frontpage:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when tech item prices are listed in our price comparison site:





News »

Amazon launches the International Shopping Experience in the Amazon Shopping App
Posted 19-Apr-2018 08:38


Spark New Zealand and TVNZ to bring coverage of Rugby World Cup 2019
Posted 16-Apr-2018 06:55


How Google can seize Microsoft Office crown
Posted 14-Apr-2018 11:08


How back office transformation drives IRD efficiency
Posted 12-Apr-2018 21:15


iPod laws in a smartphone world: will we ever get copyright right?
Posted 12-Apr-2018 21:13


Lightbox service using big data and analytics to learn more about customers
Posted 9-Apr-2018 12:11


111 mobile caller location extended to iOS
Posted 6-Apr-2018 13:50


Huawei announces the HUAWEI P20 series
Posted 29-Mar-2018 11:41


Symantec Internet Security Threat Report shows increased endpoint technology risks
Posted 26-Mar-2018 18:29


Spark switches on long-range IoT network across New Zealand
Posted 26-Mar-2018 18:22


Stuff Pix enters streaming video market
Posted 21-Mar-2018 09:18


Windows no longer Microsoft’s main focus
Posted 13-Mar-2018 07:47


Why phone makers are obsessed with cameras
Posted 11-Mar-2018 12:25


New Zealand Adopts International Open Data Charter
Posted 3-Mar-2018 12:48


Shipments tumble as NZ phone upgrades slow
Posted 2-Mar-2018 11:48



Geekzone Live »

Try automatic live updates from Geekzone directly in your browser, without refreshing the page, with Geekzone Live now.



Are you subscribed to our RSS feed? You can download the latest headlines and summaries from our stories directly to your computer or smartphone by using a feed reader.

Alternatively, you can receive a daily email with Geekzone updates.