Since Eliza learned to ride her bike without stabilsers we have been keen to go out with family and friends for bike rides.
Up until now I have always managed to squeeze all the bikes in the boot of my car, but when we upgraded Isaac’s in April I realised it just was not going to be possible anymore.
Although we have a lovely heath to ride over 5 minutes from the house, we also enjoy rides through the New Forest which is a half and hour drive away, so I started looking at bike racks for the car.
Finding a bike rack was much easier than I thought. Halfords have a nifty little tool where you enter your car registration number on their website and they list all the bike racks suitable for your car.
We opted for the Thule RaceWay 3 which is a strong, secure, and easy-to-use hanging style trunk bike rack for all types of cars for 3 bikes and can be extended to 4 bikes when we need to.
It comes with clear instructions on how to fit to the car and was much easier than I had imagined and although it took us around 20 minutes to put on, has been much quicker since as we now know what we are doing.
It is quite a heavy piece of equipment and is much easier to attach with two helping, although Hubby has managed to fit it by himself. If you don’t want to keep taking the bike rack on and off, it can be folded down to fit flat over the boot and the moulded rubber pads provide firm hold to vehicle whilst protecting against scratches.
The Bike Rack fits very tightly to the boot using the Sure-Tight ratcheting cables, and you can adjust the tension on the straps using the FitDial system to keep it snug and secure. As my car, a VW Touran, is quite tall, the bikes sit quite high up though and being on the short side, I do struggle to lift the bikes onto the rack – thankfully I have Hubby and the teen to help.
The bikes are then secured on the rack and the NoSway cages prevent bike-to-bike and bike-to-vehicle contact and the narrow cradles arms hold a variety of bike frames including smaller children’s bikes. It also locks the bikes to the bike rack and the bike rack to the car, so there are no security worries if you leave the car unattended.
I am was really impressed that there is very little movement when driving, even when driving on a bumpy country road.
The only issue we have is that my bike doesn’t fit on the rack with the baby seat attached, however, we are planning on getting Sebby a Tail Gator which will solve the problem as his and Eliza’s bikes still fit in the boot.
Do you enjoy cycling as a family?