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I have been transporting my carbon road bike in the back of an estate car when I need to take it with me. I have a few weekends away planned with the family when I will have the opportunity to cycle, but I won't have room in the car. I will be towing a dinghy so tow bar bike carriers are out. Anybody have experience with roof mounted ones with carbon frames. I have used carriers which clamp the down tube, but only on aluminium MTBs. OK with carbon? I could use pipe insulation around the down tube where it is clamped. What about carriers that clamp the front fork? Are they a better bet? My bike is not too flash - a Focus Cayo, but I wouldn't want to damage it.

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therevokid [911 posts] 2 years ago
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thule outride 561 ... clamps the forks not the frame.
works perfectly on my nanolight  1
added bonus is the 15/20mm bolt through adapter so I can
fork mount my carbon mtb as well !!

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Sadly Biggins [269 posts] 2 years ago
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An alternative is the Atera Giro Speed. This clamps the forks like the Thule referred to above but should be slightly cheaper. Have a look at http://www.roofbox.co.uk/ for what will fit your car and prices etc.

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Sniffer [243 posts] 2 years ago
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Thanks for the help. I'll go fork mounted.

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FMOAB [253 posts] 2 years ago
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Probably silly question, but can't the bike go in the dingy when towing and towbar rack if you're not?

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Sniffer [243 posts] 2 years ago
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Not a silly question, but the dinghy is a Topper which is a kids dinghy and a bike would not fit in. There is a box below in which I can put the front wheel though.

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chris75018 [99 posts] 2 years ago
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Thule 591 - I've got 2 and they're very well built and a doddle to put on / take off. I've had no issues with the down-tube clamp on my carbon frame, although I do put a bit of cardboard between the frame and the cables to prevent any possible scratching. That's more out of vanity than anything else though!

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therevokid [911 posts] 2 years ago
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personally ... wouldn't trust a clamp on the downtube as
it's in an area where that type of force is not designed
for ... but, pro bikes on team cars seem ok so who knows  1
Me being paranoid (can't afford a new frame more like!)
means I'll stay with the 561 for now  4

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davebinks [138 posts] 2 years ago
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The front fork clamp and rear wheel sitting on the rack is more than adequate. That's how the bike designer has designed the bike to take much higher loads than a bit of sideways sway on an unladen bike (take off any heavy bags etc).
I've transported bikes and tandems many thousands of miles over the last 40+ years on a carrier that simply clamps the front forks by the axles without any issues whatsoever. I simply sit the rear wheel on the carrier and tie it down with a toe strap to stop it bouncing.
No danger of scratching or crushing your frame.

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veseunr [256 posts] 2 years ago
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http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/380639388178 is a cheap option. No lock so don't leave your Pinarello on whilst you nip for a wee at Watford Gap  20

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peter 78 [2 posts] 1 year ago
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As Raleigh already said i can recommend the OutRide 561 bike carrier from Thule, too. Very stable, cheap and reliable.

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AndreiCube [5 posts] 1 year ago
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I am using a Thule 594XT Sidearm which although it is not that cheap it grabs the front tire to hold the bike on my cars roof. It is very sturdy bike rack and I recommend it as you will not buy one every year.

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CXR94Di2 [1021 posts] 1 year ago
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You can get wheel clamp roof brackets by Yakima so will not damage frame or forks.

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Tintow [39 posts] 1 year ago
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Seasucker Talon? Expensive but simple and small and would fit your needs.

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IngloriousLou [138 posts] 1 year ago
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I've been using a Thule 591 for my Cayo the last year. No bother.
I sometimes put pipe insulation around the clamp but not always.
Frame not snapped.

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roadbikequeen999 [3 posts] 1 year ago
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We bought a Thule EuroClassic G6 last year on line from http://vangadgets.co.uk it's pretty heavy to get on and off but as we travel up and down the country quite a bit with the kids we didn't fancy having the bikes on the roof rack of our car. We had to buy a towbar from Witter but we decided as we are going to keep the car for a few more years yet it was worth the cost!