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Mounting/Storing 2 Bicycles on a 110

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Although not decided yet, I am mulling over the idea of taking our two push bikes on our trip to Oz from UK. Our bikes are two cheap (approx £100) mountain bikes that we would like to utilize for a little off roading and mainly some general stuff when we set up camp for a day or more, which we intend to do often. We realise that if we do take them there is a chance they could get knicked/knackered easily, and this is something we could easily prepare ourselves for (they are only going to be given away to friends in the UK).

So far my thoughts are to put the two of them (locked) on the roof rack minus front wheels and saddles, which I think we could stow away in the back easily enough. Putting them on the roof rack would mean we would loose the easy convenience of some of the storage, and also mean that genreally we would have to use the back entrance into the roof tent each night.

I did see mention of a spare tyre bike rack, and found a Thule one with a quick search on google - Allen Bike Racks Deluxe 3-Bike Spare Tire Rack . Does anyone know of the good and bad points of these?

Any other comments appreciated.

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only problem that we had having them on the back of the wheel carrier on one of the thule carriers as apposed to on the roof is they attract alot of attention. When we went to morocco, I had a battered old mountain bike that wasn't sellable in this country but still had loads of people offering to buy it, grabbing hold of it etc. My mate by comparison had a more expensive one on top of this roof rack which put it pretty much out of sight and no one showed any interest. Downside as you identified is it does get in the way of access to the roof rent.

Re the thule carrier, it aged very quickly and became difficult to fold open and closed but did hang together. We used it for about 2 years including Morrocco, Alps, Norway and only got rid of it last week because it was so battered and clogging up the garage.

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Hi Toby - I've sent you an email. Thanks for the reply. Nice to here of someone having done it before, as most people seem to deem it an in-necessary hassle.

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I think its worth it - I'd like to make out that we are hard core mountain bikers but most the time we drive up to the top of one of the passes, whether it be in Atlas mountains, alps, where ever and one of us rides down whilst the other drives the truck.
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