Mick F wrote:One thing I have to say, and I'm on here saying it before, is that there's no way I would put my pride and joy on the back of a car.
One, the back of every hatchback car we've ever had, has got filthy at the back due to turbulence picking up the grit. Combine that with rain, and it's horrible after going up the motorway.
Two, and this is the most important - and I've resisted saying this so far on this thread - your pride and joy will take the brunt of any rear-end shunt you may have.
This happened to me with my precious Mercian on the back. Going at less than 20mph in traffic and someone stepped out into the road so I stopped quickly. The car behind didn't stop quickly enough and hit the rear rack.
Luckily, it was a two-bike rack and Mercian was on the front part and the rear part unoccupied. The rack was bent, the number plate cracked, and one light was damaged. Mercian was fine .................... but may not have been.
Never ever would I put a bike on the back of a car again.
Can i just add that the rack we have lets the bikes rub together or at least strap rub have taken decals off the frame off Mrs CK bike, maybe its because we have a "cheap " rack .
If i was going anywhere with a decent bike then i would prefer to have it in the boot or on a roof mounted rack.