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  • #22075

    AGX
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    I too am looking for a suitable bike rack for our zoe. I don’t like the idea of the straps over the lastin spoiler, that’s going to pull the spoiler off or at least damage the paint, I don’t like the ones that rest on the glass either. I have seen a pedal smash the glass on a vectra in front of me while traveling behind it. The bike shifted a bit on the rack when the car hit a large bump in the road, the pedal smashed the glass resulting in the rack with the bikes attached smashing through the window and resting on the rear headrests. The damage caused to the paint around the hatch was quite extensive too.
    I would prefer a towbar mount or a roof mount but neither can be used on the Zoe so I just bought a towbar mount for my v6 petrol golf until I find something suitable for the Zoe.

    #22085

    Indi
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    I’m the same AGX looking for something more straightforward and neat. I didn’t realise how difficult this was. Bikes may need to go in the car for this journey.

    #22087

    Zoe Al
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    In the past I have used Thule tailgate mount ones in the past that clamp to the tailgate securely without straps, but unfortunately there is nothing for the Zoe or our mk 3 Focus available.

    #22089

    Indi
    Participant

    Just spoken to my bike shop Pedalworks in Dunstable (where I got my bike and is a pro shop) and they suggest:-

    1) Saris bones like here:-http://www.evanscycles.com/products/saris/bones-2-bike-rack-ec008906

    but this uses straps OR the Sea Sucker (vacuum mounted) bike rack but is more expensive

    2) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AZ-uT14gPa0

    #22094

    AGX
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    Yeah, I have seen the sucker ones and am tempted, just not sure how I’d trust it on a long motorway journey, I like physical fixings like nuts and bolts to hold things.
    Or just throw it in the back, there plenty of room in the back with the seat down.

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    #22097

    Indi
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    It must be trustworthy as they use it to move very large sheets of glass very high up for building work etc. I think you need to get your head around it getting out and checking it for your own peace of mind and speaking to someone technical about it.

    I actually fancy something straightforward like this. Plus it can go on any car and no faff and damage.

    #22100

    Zoe Al
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    Not convinced.
    The force of the bike while the bike may not be that heavy, the flexing forces when in a cross wind or when on a bumpy road are being applied to a part of the roof not designed to take stress.
    Roof racks attach to specific points that are designed with the car.
    Even though the Clio which shares platform with the Zoe can take a roof rack, Renault say no for a Zoe. I’m sure they have decided that for a reason, they are not just saying it to be difficult.
    My thought is still carry them inside if you have space to do so.

    #22101

    Indi
    Participant

    Yes fair point ZoeAl. i didn’t actually know any of this about Zoe and bike issue. I didn’t think it was this complex! Who d’ve thought?

    #22103

    Zoe Al
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    I feel sorry that I was the bearer of bad news at the start of this thread, but it appears common on low volume cars that there aren’t enough around for realistic priced specific accessories.
    Also after nearly being hit by a flying bike rack in the past I am perhaps more anal about having things correctly fitted than the average.
    As an aside, anything on the roof or attached to the back especially if high mounted will have a big effect on economy so could seriously reduce your range especially on the hillier roads of Scotland.
    For example in my 1.0 petrol Focus where I normally get 45 mpg on a drive down to Dorset, with 3 mountain bikes on the roof I only get 33 mpg or so. Not a big issue when I’ve got 300 or so miles range even at 33 mpg, but if you are loosing 25% range on a Zoe you are looking at 60-70 miles range which will have you relying on 100% reliability of Ecotricity chargers in some areas where services aren’t as frequent as on the M1.

    #26110

    ducduc21
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    I will be working on a bikerack the rack on the rear door is not a good solution

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