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Now I've bought a shiny new Trek Emonda, made from gossamer thin eggshell carbon, I was wondering how I get it to all the events I'm undoubtedly going to want to ride in?

I have a convertible so no roof racks, and no room to carry it inside if I want the roof closed so that's a dry-weather only option. I have a towbar with a 'hang by the top tube' type rack, but they're not advised as I understand it?
... leaving the wheel-clamp towbar types like the Thule Ride-On 9502 and similar as the only apparent option, but they still need strapping around the tubes as well, so is that just as worrisome?

All the thousands of carbon roadies out there must be transporting bikes by the thousand - how do you all do it without risking your ridiculously expensive faberge bikes?

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Gkam84 [9086 posts] 1 year ago
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Check out SeaSucker's and see how you could use them on your car. http://www.seasucker.com/product-category/bike-racks/

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PurpleDog [37 posts] 1 year ago
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Gkam84 wrote:

Check out SeaSucker's and see how you could use them on your car. http://www.seasucker.com/product-category/bike-racks/

Very cool!
I love them... unfortunately with a soft top I have nowhere to mount them, clever though they are.

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chokofingrz [405 posts] 1 year ago
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Quite the first world problem you've got yourself there...

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movingtarget [144 posts] 1 year ago
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If you can attach a hitch to the back of your convertible you could try this, it's also lockable which a nice feature. You gas mileage will suffer with a rear hitch mount rack over a roof mount and you'd have to keep track of your width clearance but it's an option.

http://www.thule.com/en-us/us/products/carriers-and-racks/bike-carriers/...

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PurpleDog [37 posts] 1 year ago
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movingtarget wrote:

If you can attach a hitch to the back of your convertible you could try this

I think we have a language barrier - hitch in the US is towbar in the UK, so that's exactly the kind of thing I use now, which is apparently not advisable for carbon bikes, and which I'm looking for a safe alternative to for my new bike.

Surely someone reading this actually transports their delicate carbon bike on a towbar (hitch) mounted carrier? If you have actual experience, can you assist me?

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arfa [740 posts] 1 year ago
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Wheels off, frame and wheels in boot. Sorted.

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bikemadjo [72 posts] 1 year ago
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my partner and i bought one of these about a year ago and it has been perfect for transporting our carbon bike around. it holds the wheels so there is less chance of frame damage.

http://www.saris.com/product/eu-thelma-2

it is a bit pricey, but it's better than a broken top tube.

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denerobt [8 posts] 1 year ago
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You gas mileage will suffer with a rear hitch mount rack over a roof mount ....

I always thought it was the other way round as the aerodynamics of a big bulky object on top of the roof would easily outweigh the extra weight of a towbar carrier at the rear end of a car ? But then, I still shove a newspaper down my front for the desents so I'm probably WAY outta touch.

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oldstrath [602 posts] 1 year ago
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Er - ride the bike?

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PurpleDog [37 posts] 1 year ago
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oldstrath wrote:

Er - ride the bike?

Kind of restricts me to the annual local event... I'm not riding 50 miles to get to a challenging 65 mile sportive, then riding 50 miles home again!!!

I'm not one of the "I'm really good at cycling so I bought a great bike" brigade... I'm more "I spend all my time at work and I'm getting on a bit, so I have the money for a great bike but no time to ride it" kind of hated middle-aged poseur!  1 If I choose an event, it's because it's a challenge - which means an extra 3 miles would probably be too much...

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PurpleDog [37 posts] 1 year ago
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bikemadjo wrote:

my partner and i bought one of these about a year ago and it has been perfect for transporting our carbon bike around. it holds the wheels so there is less chance of frame damage.

http://www.saris.com/product/eu-thelma-2

it is a bit pricey, but it's better than a broken top tube.

Looks great - and so do some other Saris offerings, thanks. Unfortunately I can't find much for sale in the UK. I'll ask around...

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Gkam84 [9086 posts] 1 year ago
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Rutland are one of the few Saris dealers in the UK

http://www.rutlandcycling.com/advancedsearch.aspx?Term=SARIS

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Swami Dave [53 posts] 1 year ago
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Costco are/were selling Saris Bones 3 for cheapness. OK, it's a top-tube hanger but it also holds the seat tube so it's anchored in place. I use one for my carbon Cannondale and have no problems with it.

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denerobt [8 posts] 1 year ago
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Have you looked at a Thule tow mount ? It has a bar that rises and the wheels get strapped too. The seat tube gets strapped and there is nothing on the top tube. if I'm not flying and using the bike box alan, I use the towbar Thule - and my bike is full carbon too. Make sure you're insured BTW.

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oozaveared [936 posts] 1 year ago
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simplest thing is to buy the right car. Get an estate. Put the lovely bike inside.

Did you know that if the bike is on the outside it's not covered by your insurance? Get rear ended and the insurance will pay for the damage to the car but the bike (and this could be an expensive bike) is down to you.

All kinds of cars are available from national and local outlets.

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oozaveared [936 posts] 1 year ago
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simplest thing is to buy the right car. Get an estate. Put the lovely bike inside.

Did you know that if the bike is on the outside it's not covered by your insurance? Get rear ended and the insurance will pay for the damage to the car but the bike (and this could be an expensive bike) is down to you.

All kinds of cars are available from national and local outlets.

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PurpleDog [37 posts] 1 year ago
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Looking at the Saris ones, they appear to mount to something under the car - presumably the bracket my towbar is using? I might be missing something but I don't want to be removing the towbar every time I need the bike rack.

denerobt wrote:

Have you looked at a Thule tow mount ?

That's looking like the best option I think... not sure if my seat mast is clampable (I bought the bike on ride feel, didn't realise it had a seat mast rather than a normal seat post!) so something to investigate, but this is the option I think I need to take.

oozaveared wrote:

simplest thing is to buy the right car. Get an estate. Put the lovely bike inside.

Ha ha!! Ditch my lovely convertible for an estate?!?!?! What sort of mid-life crisis do you think this is? I've got the convertible, the motorbike and now the carbon roadie - crisis complete and no going back!  1

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mikeakelly [9 posts] 1 year ago
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If you're serious about looking after your bike(s) - just get one of these:

http://www.thule.com/en/gb/products/carriers-and-racks/bike-carriers/tow...

It fits 3 bikes with total security (4 with an extension), is rock solid and doesn't seem to hit my mpg much. Not cheap, but the only type I've used that really does the job.

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700c [889 posts] 1 year ago
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+1 on an getting an estate. Even a large saloon or hatch would transport the bike no problem and wouldn't necessarily look any less stylish (and wouldn't show people you're having a mid life crisis!)

Either that or invest in a second, old large car in which you could transport the bike (though that's not very green I suppose)

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SamShaw [265 posts] 1 year ago
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Boonen drives an estate. He's not daft.

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SamShaw [265 posts] 1 year ago
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Add Chris Hoy to that too, saw him getting into his RS6 estate at the velodrome!

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FMOAB [264 posts] 1 year ago
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Don't see what the problem is:

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giff77 [1251 posts] 1 year ago
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PurpleDog wrote:

Looking at the Saris ones, they appear to mount to something under the car - presumably the bracket my towbar is using? I might be missing something but I don't want to be removing the towbar every time I need the bike rack.

denerobt wrote:

Have you looked at a Thule tow mount ?

That's looking like the best option I think... not sure if my seat mast is clampable (I bought the bike on ride feel, didn't realise it had a seat mast rather than a normal seat post!) so something to investigate, but this is the option I think I need to take.

oozaveared wrote:

simplest thing is to buy the right car. Get an estate. Put the lovely bike inside.

Ha ha!! Ditch my lovely convertible for an estate?!?!?! What sort of mid-life crisis do you think this is? I've got the convertible, the motorbike and now the carbon roadie - crisis complete and no going back!  1

There is a rule somewhere that your bike should be worth more than the vehicle you hang it on... I take great pleasure in letting work colleagues know that my wheel set is worth more than their cars  19
Get the estate or hatch from some dubious second hand dealer and you're sorted.

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gmac101 [126 posts] 1 year ago
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We have one of these:

http://www.roofbox.co.uk/scripts/rbvehsel4_tab.php/car-specific-accessor...

It supports the bike by the wheels and then clamps to wherever you like on the frame to hold it rigid. I've put step through frames and kids bikes on it and always managed to get it held firmly. The frame clamps are soft rubber and I haven't noticed any scratched paint (all our bikes are steel or alloy though). The straps have a steel insert so can't be cut by a casual thief and the clamps lock. The whole thing locks to the towbar and is easy to put on. The Atera racks are lighter than the Thule ones and are only 1m wide so you can fit them into larger boots if you don't want to leave it on the car whilst you are away cycling.

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Hensteeth [74 posts] 1 year ago
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Wheels off, back seats down and it goes in the back of my Clio. No problem. Probably cheaper to buy a run-around for the bike than a carrier for the convertible. Anyway what's the point in having a convertible in this country. You only have the roof down for 4 weeks out of 52.  21

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notfastenough [3674 posts] 1 year ago
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So come on then, what is the convertible?

Midlife crisis=Porsche boxster? BMW Z4?

I did have a hardtop Audi TT - no idea how I would have carried a bike on that...

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PurpleDog [37 posts] 1 year ago
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notfastenough wrote:

So come on then, what is the convertible?

Midlife crisis=Porsche boxster? BMW Z4?

I did have a hardtop Audi TT - no idea how I would have carried a bike on that...

Nothing so crisisy - or so expensive! I can afford a bike, not a flash car. I have a nice practical (!) Saab 9-3.
I collected the new bike in it today - front wheel off, still too big to fit in the back seats. Managed to get it home like that (sticking out a bit above head height, but well padded and secured with seatbelts) but it'll need both wheels off if I'm going to do that for any distance.

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Matt eaton [742 posts] 1 year ago
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Personally I'm very uncomforatable with my bikes being strapped to the outside of the car and being frugal I also think about fuel consumption. I think it's going to become a necesary evil for me with a growing family (unless I buy a bus) but I'm digressing.

As you have a larger convertable with a back seat I would have thought that your bike would fit OK with the wheels off. Treat yourself to a nice bike bag and even some posh wheel bags and you'll be taking care of your bike and your car's interior - sorted.

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tom_w [204 posts] 1 year ago
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"so is that just as worrisome?"

I don't think so, for a rack where the bike sits on it's wheels the bike is supported by its wheels and the bit that straps to the top tube only prevents forward and backward motion. You'd be hard pressed to generate too much force in that direction from acceleration or braking I'd imagine.

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pirnie [199 posts] 1 year ago
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tom_w wrote:

"so is that just as worrisome?"

I don't think so, for a rack where the bike sits on it's wheels the bike is supported by its wheels and the bit that straps to the top tube only prevents forward and backward motion. You'd be hard pressed to generate too much force in that direction from acceleration or braking I'd imagine.

Unless you happen to run into a Belkin team car  3

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