Suitable towbar bike carrier for electric bike?

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Antbrewer
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Suitable towbar bike carrier for electric bike?

Postby Antbrewer » 26 Jan 2019, 6:04pm

To enable my wife and I to go further afield with our bikes she is investing in an Ebike. Actually picking it up tomorrow..
Whereas before when taking our bikes by car I have either put them inside with difficulty it must said ( Honda Jazz) or put them on a bike rack which attaches to the tailgate and has the bikes quite high up. This has always been a pain and I don't believe I have ever done the operation the same way twice. Then there is always the worry of two bikes dropping on the motorway. Great fun!!!!
So I am now investing in a tow bar ( to be fitted next week) and will need to purchase a 'two bike' carrier to hitch it on. Like so many things in life when one starts to look into a subject one finds lots and lots of choice. Thule, Witter, Westfalia and many more.

I know that some ebikes would require a specific carrier due to weight and possibly thicker tyres and who knows what else? However my wife's new bike isn't that heavy (22Kg) and is the same design as her current Raleigh bike.
My question is ....Any advice on tow bar carriers suitable for her new Ebike and my Ridgeback Voyager touring bike.
Any thoughts and comments would be most welcome as I know that some of you will have experience on this topic.

Anthony
PS We went for a test run on this miserable afternoon for 30 mins and tried two short but reasonable hills. '' Left standing'' was a thought that crossed my mind as she sailed up the inclines and I didn't!!!! ( too soon after Christmas and too few practice runs also is my feeble excuse)

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Re: Suitable towbar bike carrier for electric bike?

Postby thirdcrank » 26 Jan 2019, 6:20pm

I've no specific experience to answer your question, but I swear by Thule for bike carriers more generally and I've invariably had excellent service from this company
https://www.roofracks.co.uk/thule-velospace-xt-938/

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Re: Suitable towbar bike carrier for electric bike?

Postby Bonefishblues » 26 Jan 2019, 6:35pm

They are a company I've frequently seen recommended, too.

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Re: Suitable towbar bike carrier for electric bike?

Postby reohn2 » 27 Jan 2019, 10:46am

I have a Thule three bike towball mounted rack,great kit.
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Re: Suitable towbar bike carrier for electric bike?

Postby Cunobelin » 27 Jan 2019, 12:09pm

Have a look at the bike as well.

Removing battery makes it much lighter and easier to handle

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Re: Suitable towbar bike carrier for electric bike?

Postby NickWi » 27 Jan 2019, 1:21pm

Having had both roof mounted and strap on the back type bike carriers on various cars, I invested in Thule towbar jobbie a couple of years ago. I wish I'd done it years ago.

Yes they are a little heavy to lift into position, but they lock on to the towbar easily, they're well built and so easy to use. They also seem to stand up to the weather really well with mine now over two years old and has spent much of it's life outside, it works as good as the day I bought it. One other recommendation, go for the type that has the foot release tilt. On a hatchback or estate it make access to the boot so much easier when the bikes are in situ.

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Re: Suitable towbar bike carrier for electric bike?

Postby Antbrewer » 27 Jan 2019, 3:55pm

Thanks for your thoughts on the towbar carriers.

I am coming down to the Thule two bike carrier. I am having the tow bar fitted next week and then I will look to purchase the one in mind.

Any more thoughts would be most welcome in the interim
Thanks
Anthony

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Re: Suitable towbar bike carrier for electric bike?

Postby thirdcrank » 27 Jan 2019, 5:21pm

I've just remembered this website from when I was researching tow ball mounted carriers a while ago, although in the end, I never bought one.

https://www.pfjones.co.uk/bike-cycle-carriers.html

They show videos of a lot of the products they sell. You may find it useful, or not.

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Re: Suitable towbar bike carrier for electric bike?

Postby robgul » 27 Jan 2019, 5:41pm

Another vote for Thule but even if you just have 2 bikes I'd buy a 3-biker - they are all quite tight for loading, and more so with heavy e-bikes. I use a 3 but almost always with just 2 bikes, with the third as the gap between them.

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Re: Suitable towbar bike carrier for electric bike?

Postby rotavator » 27 Jan 2019, 9:46pm

I bought an Atera Strada 3 bike carrier from roofbox.co.uk and I would recommend it, the only downside being its weight. I see that Atera are also now offering carriers specifically for e-bikes.

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Re: Suitable towbar bike carrier for electric bike?

Postby fivebikes » 28 Jan 2019, 8:49am

Just a thought but I had a Honda Jazz..2011 model if I remember correctly and I always managed to get two full sized bikes in the back, front wheels off, with ease!
Obviously, rear seats were down but with the bikes clamped into a standing position, rear wheel to the tailgate, there was still lots of space in between them for front wheels, luggage etc.
Regret selling the car as nothing else that small does the job as effectively.
Felt so much more secure than bikes on the roof....
Had a Pendle 4 bike carrier behind a Volvo years back. Solid enough but fully loaded made the steering a bit light!
Don’t know if this might happen with ebike load hanging off the back of the Jazz?

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Re: Suitable towbar bike carrier for electric bike?

Postby Lodge » 31 Jan 2019, 7:02pm

Yet another vote for the Thule 3 bike carrier. We’ve had ours for many years and it’s carried my other half’s VSF Bosch ebike back and forth from Switzerland to the UK many times, together with my heavyweight tourer (and, on a couple of occasions, our son’s MTB). Just keep the total weight to the limit in the specifications. We tend to put the battery in the boot as it’s easier to lift sans battery.

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Re: Suitable towbar bike carrier for electric bike?

Postby Coopes » 3 Feb 2019, 5:08pm

Hi, I have one of these, M-Way Nighthawk 2-Bike Carrier. I was very worried when I first bought it as it is just held up by the tow ball.

I was always checking my mirror to make sure the bike a carrier were still there, the other weekend myself and a mate went out put both bickes on the carrier, no problem we went down an old country track with lots of pot holes, the bikes or the carrier never moved, it did bounce about but both bikes were sound. I dont worry anymore just hitch up and away you go. https://www.screwfix.com/p/m-way-nighth ... lsrc=aw.ds. worth a look would recomend.

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Re: Suitable towbar bike carrier for electric bike?

Postby Antbrewer » 4 Feb 2019, 9:02pm

More thoughts and suggestions....Thank you.
I have tried to fit both my touring Ridgeback and my wife's new Ebike minus the front wheels into the Jazz but with great difficulty and failing.
So a towbar rack it will be especially as the towbar was fitted on Friday last week. Seeing the link to Screwfix was a surprise as they are about a mile from my home. However their rack is much heavier than the Thule which at the moment is my preference.
However the Camping and Caravan show is on at the NEC in a couple of weeks so I will be nipping along there to see if any exhibitors have any special offers. Last year Witter and a couple of others were there so it is worth having a look.
Again thank you for your inputs.
Anthony

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Re: Suitable towbar bike carrier for electric bike?

Postby Bonefishblues » 4 Feb 2019, 9:50pm

Also consider Pendle, who do have an E bike rack, I notice.

https://pendle-bike.co.uk/collections/w ... port-racks