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Bicycle carrier

Discussion in 'Australia & New Zealand' started by Dborn, Jul 2, 2017.

  1. Dborn

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    i have been using a Whispbar rack and Thule bike carrier for the 2.5 years I have owned the car. Unfortunately the rack whistles even when the Thule is removed and it does not look good. I decided to try something different and bought the Seasucker. They have a distributor in Australia. This works as advertised and takes all of 15 seconds to remove and about 2 -3 mins to install including the bike!!
    Beware. There is a small learning curve! The Seasucker is a fork mount whereas the Thule is side arm. With a fork mount you preferably need 3 hands, and since we don't have 3 hands, you have to learn how to support the bike, and tighten the skewer with one hand. Doable when you know how. First time I managed to let the bike topple and it struck my head ( ouch), and the pedal scratched my hatch back ( treble ouch!!).
    The vacuum system is excellent and very stable.
    You need to ensure the mounting area is clean and dust free, easy to do with the supplied water spray bottle and microfiber cloth. Also you must strap the peddle horizontal with the supplied Velcro strap, or else it can swivel down and scratch your car in transit.
    Compared to fixed rack system, it is FAR more convenient though.

    Now, I have my rack and Thule carrier for sale. Private mail me if interested.
     
  2. WhiteStar

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    Very interesting Db! Presume with either one range takes a huge hit? What's the maximum bike weight on each carrier? I have a lightweight carbon bike that wouldn't be a problem but the one I really want to transport is one of my hefty electric beasts. Pretty sure even the lightest one with battery removed would be way too heavy.

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  3. Dborn

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    Having looked at and tried to lift an ebike, forget it! Way way too heavy!! Carbon even steel no issue. Very stable on the Seasucker.
     
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    Have not noticed much hit in range, but the longest I have driven with either of the above is 80 km.
     
  5. BenT

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    Which sea sucker model do you use. I assume it attaches to the sunroof?
     
  6. Dborn

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    The single bike carrier. Indeed it attaches to the glass roof just behind the sunroof ( not recommended to attach to the moving portion). The the rear wheel sucker is on the hatchback glass, but it could just as easily be further back and be on the metal of the hatchback below the glass. It does no damage to paint since the surface must be clean to start with.
     

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