Ever since the kids have graduated to proper bikes from scooters, we have only ever been able to head out on the bikes from our house as we couldn’t work out how to carry 5 bikes on a car…
It turns out that the reason I couldn’t find a 5 bike carrier is that they quite simply don’t exist – if they do I would honestly be delighted to be proved wrong so I can update the blog post with one, however all the forums I thought I’d found the answer on don’t actually link to current bike rack that you can buy.
So the solution that we have come up with, in collaboration with Thule, is carrying 4 bikes on the back of the car and 1 bike on top! It means that we can finally head out on our bikes all together!
Ok so that’s the easy answer to the solution but what did we need to make it all come together.
I have to say that this bit wasn’t completely straightforward and you do need to pay very close attention to the website and use the Thule Buyers Guide to help. I’d also really recommend leaving a bit of time between wanting to go on the trip in your car and ordering the kit. As when we first placed the order we hadn’t realised we needed the 13 pin to 7 pin adaptor and the extra wing bars too. A combination of not reading the guide properly (our error) and actually working out what you need when you fit the kit to the car.
We needed everything below to carry five bikes on our car:
Have a tow bar fitted to the car.
TOP TIP: Consider buying a second hand tow bar on ebay! We saved £300 on the crazy Landrover price and paid just over £100.
Thule VeloCompact 3 7-pin(for 3 bikes) £460
Thule VeloCompact 4th Bike Adapter (for the 4th bike) £120
Thule Adapter 9907 0 – If the car is equipped with a 13-pin electrical outlet this adapter converts it, making it possible to fit Thule’s 7-pin products. You need this to make sure the breaking lights on the back of the bike rack work – £21.00
Thule ProRide(for the 5th Bike) – £110
Thule WingBar 960(to sit the bike carrier on on the roof, can be used for roof boxes too) £93
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