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Towbar Bike Racks

Robbe Mar 14, 2018

  1. Robbe

    Robbe Registered User

    My S4 has a factory fit towbar and am thinking of getting a bike rack to take 2-3 bikes on holiday this summer and have some questions.

    What would you recommend?
    does having a bike rack on the towbar affect my insurance?
    Do i need to tell them?

    any advice would be helpful.
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  3. SRB93

    SRB93 S5 B9 Coupe - Glacier White

    Check with them to see if they consider it a Modification.

    Also, do this through a live chat or email asking for a new quote or something... as an inquiry so it doesn't affect your current insurance.
  4. SteveMcB

    SteveMcB Registered User

    Must admit I'd never given notifying my insurance a thought, wouldn't do any harm though.

    Thule have a good range of bike carriers, a few years back I paid about £100 for a basic 2 bike platform style (looks like the £195 one on the link), it does the job fine but the downsides with it being the 'cheapie'- it needs a spanner to tighten it up or to tilt it, it doesn't have frame clamps, the fabric straps aren't nearly as good as the rigid ratchet style, it's a bit on the short side for my Stumpjumper Evo, normal stumpy is OK though.

    I always add on a load of my own bungie cords as well.

    Velospace XT looks the nuts - not cheap though :blink:

    Last edited: Mar 14, 2018
  5. hmy7k

    hmy7k Registered User

    I have an Altera 3 bike rack and its very good. Tilts to allow you to access the boot whilst fully loaded.
    fitting 3 road bikes on it is easy but 3 mountain bikes it is harder because the handle bars conflict.
    I suspect they all have the same issue as they try to make them as short as possible.

    Its a lot easier to use these than bikes on a roof bar, especially after a long ride.
  6. Buck

    Buck Registered User


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