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What's the best way to transport bikes in the avant?

Would it be a bike rack on the back of the car or some contraption fitted to the roof rails?

How easy are they to fit (both rear ones and roof ones)?

How much am I looking at?

Can they mark the car?

Can you still open the hatch with a rear fitting bike rack on?

How easy are they to use?

How long does it take to fit and remove them?

I'll think of some more questions shortly smile.gifpengy.gif

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Do you not have bikes with quick release wheels so as to fit them in the boot, or do you need the bootspace for something else?

Usually roof mounted bike racks are better but a bugger on fuel economy if you need access easily to the boot.

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I have a 330d Touring but they are more or less the same. I have a Pendle rack, it can fit 3 bikes and is fitted on the back via straps and hooks, it does not leave any marks, I paid £70 for it, cannot open tailgate whilst fitted, takes about 3 mins to fit to car and about another 3 mins to mount and secure bike. You can get roof mounted racks but they never appealed to me.

You cannot go wrong with a pendle but you could also check out the Saris Bones which looks great.

Try www.wiggle.co.uk or www.chainreactioncycles.co.uk

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I easily got two mountain bikes (with front wheels off) in the S4 Avant I had on demo before getting my car. I can get one bike (again with ft wheel off) in the boot of the S4 saloon with the seats folded. I have the Audi roof bars - accepting that they will be somwhat different in faxing for the Avant due to the roof rails - but the Audi bars are a quality piece of kit and certainly do not mark the paintwork when they're fitted & I use them quite a lot. They do take 4/5mpg off the average mpg though frown.gif

They were fairly expensive (got two cycle casrriers as well), but that was direct from a Stealer - I imagine Neil/Nelson might be able to get you a better deal?

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It's 2 bikes I need to carry as we're off to CenterParcs in the New Year again. I don't want to put them in the boot as it will be full of other gear.

I fancied one of the rear fitting ones and I like the Saris Bones one Lodders pointed out. The problem is is I can't be arsed to keep taking it off and refitting it everytime I want to be into the boot if it's going to be a hassle. I was hoping someone was going to say there was a one you can get which fits only the tailgate so you can open it. The idea of trying to fit it in the driving rain with a hangover on the day we come home is not very appealing.

That leaves the roof mounted ones which I've never liked the look of. There are some used original roof bars on ebay which would do me (I'm not bothered about them being new/unmarked) but then there are the cycle carriers to buy.

I'm not bothered about the fuel economy as it's a short term thing.

The Saris Bones one looks pretty straightforward to fit - has anyone got one and knows the fitting time?

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I have an avenir one I got from Edinburgh Cycles, actually think they rebrand it and sell it as own make for cheaper. It is a high mount so doesn't cover the numberplate, fits three bikes on it if necessary and I have fitted it to:- My A3, Ford Escort, BMW 3 series coupe, VW Golf and BMW X5. I can get in the boot with it left on and it fold flat with no tools. Drop me a PM and I'll send some pics and/or let you have a looky

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Hi - my first post - been looking for a while though - great forum. As a keen mountain biker, I've tried various racks etc on my Avant (the Sport model, pre S Line, has the same rear roof spoiler) and found the Thule Clip On, strapless rack fantastic. It clips on very securely, with metal straps at top and bottom and with care does not mark -I use small pieces of old inner tube for extra protecction. It can hold 3 bikes but 2 is easier, I transport 2 full suspension bikes and is very stable, even at motorway type speeds.

Although the top hooks are a little tight round the spoiler I've used this for 3 years with no problems whatsoever. It can also stay on while you open the boot - though not really practical with the bikes still on !With bikes off the boot opens easily. I freqently leave the rack on in forest car parks etc. Hope this helps.

See link http://www.thule.com/Thule/ProductPage____33562.aspx

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Nice first post 169144-ok.gif and welcome to the TSN! beerchug.gif

The Thule roofbars are a doddle to fit and haven't caused any damage to my rails. They also lock on.

I have a Thule cycle carrier which is also easy to fit, but mine is an older one and it simply clamps to the roofbars, no locks. (I use cycle locks if required.)

Lifting a bike, especially if it's muddy, can be awkward, but not enough to put me off the system.

A friend of mine has a towbar mounted, Thule carrier on his A3 and I'm very impressed with it. It's extremely easy to load and unload (easier than roof mounted carrier) and pivots out of the way to allow access to the boot.

However, this system can work out expensive if you don't already have a towbar fitted. If you do, then I would recommed this option.

More thoughts:

The roofbar option can be an issue with low height clearances, eg car parks.

The towbar option can be an issue with parking spaces as you stick out a bit.

The roofbar option can be multi-functional, in that you can use the roofbars for other things, eg a roofbox, canoes, wood, etc.

Of course, if you opt to have a towbar fitted, this can also be useful for other things.

I considered all these things, and others, when deciding to go with the roof mounted option. I didn't have a towbar, and I already had the cycle carriers. Plus I wanted to buy a roofbox too.

But now I've picked up a cheap towbar from Nelson (not yet fitted), I may ultimately buy a cycle carrier for that too. slap.gif

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Have a look HERE mine is the top one (I think). Edinburgh Cycles is at the top of shields road in Byker, they carry loads of stock so you can have a look at the different options.

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Probably not of use if you need the rear seat......

I take out the wheels and use the rear seat. bikes are upside down across the seat. wheels go in a wheel bag - keeps the seats clean.These are road bikes. I often put the seat belts around them but they rarely move anyway.

I can comment on the Thule racks, they are excellent. I have the feet and bars for the B6, once adjusted up they take ?? 5 mintues?? to put on or remove. I would expect their Avant rails to be of similar quality/ease of use.

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Used to put bike in back of Touring but it has the scars to prove it, bike rack a must for us trail riders esp in winter.

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Thule aero bars and the Thule pro bike carriers for us !

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Bikes aren't a problem on the Avant because Mrs Bub has just taken delivery of a Modus with integrated bike rack..............

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Yes as the 10th Modus customer in the UK we've got free VIP passes to every F1 round next season coffee.gif

BUB grin.gif

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Ingenious idea BUB on the Modus.

I agree about roof mounted bikes..B careful with low clearances. One of my pals forgot he had 2 bikes on roof of his brand new A6 avant and went under a low clearance.Ripped both bikes and the roof bars off. ooo.gif

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Thule aero bars and the Thule pro bike carriers for us !

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'Had' the same for the S4 Avant. Quality kit and rock solid.

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[ QUOTE ]

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Thule aero bars and the Thule pro bike carriers for us !

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'Had' the same for the S4 Avant. Quality kit and rock solid.

P.

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'Got' the same for the S4 Avant. Quality kit and rock solid.

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Ingenious idea BUB on the Modus.

I agree about roof mounted bikes..B careful with low clearances. One of my pals forgot he had 2 bikes on roof of his brand new A6 avant and went under a low clearance.Ripped both bikes and the roof bars off. ooo.gif

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I've seen that happen too... confused.gifSAUER0421.GIFsmashfreakB.gifsmiley19.thumb.gifsmiley19.thumb.gif...........

Yeah the bike rack on the Modus is a great idea 169144-ok.gif I need to get a rear plate made so we can try it out....

BUB beerchug.gif

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Milo, the best Bike Carrying solution I've seen for the A4 Avant is the Audi Tailgate Mounted Twin Cycle Rack

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They are stupidly easy to fit, weigh only 6.0kg's and don't have as much as much an effect on drag because its on the rear of the car. Only problem is you have a rear tailgate spoiler frown.gif So your only option is either A) Get a towbar fitted and get a towbar one or B) Go for the Cross Bars/Bicycle holder option.

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I have a Thule towbar mounted bike rack. Holds three bikes ( Thule 9403 I think) and mounts to the towbar and does up with a spanner (+ lock ). Fitting is simple ( you sit it on and hand tighten it - then long arm spanner to finish) as it positions itself correctly as you tighten....and doesn't move an inch - even at speed ( I took three bikes to middle of France last summer all the way from North Yorkshire)and it can be tilted down to allow the boot to open. Plus is that you can see the bikes all the time compared to roof mounted ones and you've still got room for the roof box to go on top!!

I paid £60 for mine 2nd hand - but new they are around £100 (maybe slightly less for the smaller 2 bike version).

Downside is of course that you need a towbar ..... fekr.gif

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I have roof bars and Atera Giro racks. I will be buying a tow bar and a thule tow bar mounted carrier. They are much easier and more importantly, strange downtubes don't cause so much problems.

Strangely enough I found that wind noise was worse with the tow bar mounted rack than the roof mounted ones in my A6.

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I've had broadband problems so haven't had much of a chance to say thanks for the advice chaps 169144-ok.gif

I've decided to go for the Thule 861 Aero Roof Bars (with the 755 foot pack) and the Thule 591 Pro Bike Carrier.

I've found a place that does that lot for £157 which seems around £10-£12 cheaper than most other online reatilers. Does anyone know of anywhere cheaper? 169144-ok.gif

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Sorry can't help on where to get the Thule kit ...but as a thought the audi bars are worth getting.

Ebay will get you a set (if you have time ?) for around the same price as Thule ones..maybe a little more...they look better as they don't stick out the side of the car as much as the Thule ones...

That said - the set I had didn't appear to lock (no key anyway) but just used a Torx driver to tighten ...so maybe this isn't ideal with bikes up top.

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All fitted cool.gif

Don't ask me where I got them from as I'm not allowed to say apparently ROLLEY~14.GIF

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