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Discussion in 'A3/S3 Forum (8L Chassis)' started by MikeA3, Aug 9, 2005.

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    [Aug 9, 2005]
    Hi all,

    My other half has had the bizarre idea of going away in a few weeks time and wants to take our bikes with us (and I thought women just packed hairdryers and lots of clothes!!!)

    So I just wondered if anyone knows of a decent bike rack to fit a 52 plate A3.

    (Ideally it would take 3 bikes)

    Any help would be appreciated.

    Mike
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    I've got & successfully used a Saris Bones rack on my A3. It will take 3 bikes but is happier with 2. With 2 bikes it's completely stable at motorway speeds.

    It does cover the number plate & lights which I believe is technically illegal but I've never been stopped.
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    Thanks for the advice Timbo, i've had a quick look and they seem to be a lot better quality than the ones you get from halfords.
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    Heh heh, I bought it from Halfords actually! I know what you mean though.

    It is very good and fits on lots of different cars. I would say if you get one don't let the bottom feet rest on the bumper, rest them flat against the bootlid - if they rest on the bumper they force it to bend which makes the paint craze at the corners... /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/frown.gif

    Also cover the car's paintwork where the feet/straps go with duct tape if you don't want them to scratch the paint (goes without saying really).
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    Thanks for the tip mate, would have been annoying if it had damaged the paintwork.

    I had a look on the halfords website, there still £70 though which is quite a bit for something i'm not planning to use a lot.

    Might give ebay a go and see if I get lucky
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    Try any rack from Rhode Gear as well - www.rhodegear.com

    Your local Evans bike shop (assume you know of these in London?) can get the racks.

    Personally I don't trust bikes on the outside, and whenever I take the bike(s) out in the car, I put down the back seats, remove the wheels and sit one each side - keeps the bikes secure and you know you can still go at high speed without fear of losing the bikes!
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