7 racks to suit your car, your personality and your budget.
In certain countries, leaving oil and dirt marks on a car seat or ceiling is grounds for divorce. Best way of avoiding the wrath of the other half is to keep the bikes out of the car in the first place – either on the roof, or on the back. Here are a few ways to do just that.
- By Neil Gardiner
> Find a way to remind yourself not to drive into a garage before removing your roof racks. We suggest a note on the dashboard.
> To allow for radical change in weight distribution, increase car tyre pressure at the rear.
> With hanging racks, remove wheels to make the tail-lights visible
> Fit an auxiliary number-plate and tail-light panel, or at least some reflectors
> With hatch-mounted racks, apply clear tape on the car’s contact points
Thule EuroClassic G6 LED 929
Despite the R9k price tag, this brand new model is flying out of the shops. It’s the premium rack, featuring a new design with LED tail lights for high visibility. Thule has used top lightweight, heavy-duty materials for security and rigidity, and it couples and locks tightly to a tow bar ball, despite requiring little closing force. A foot-pedal allows it to tilt for access to the boot or hatch. Maximum weight for each bike is 25kg, so your downhill or e-bike is safe. Considering the price of the machines you’ll be putting on it, it’s worth the expense.
> Perfect for: Oppenheimer / Shuttleworth / Sexwale descendants
> R8 999