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Is your spirit for adventure hampered by the stress of getting there? Thule has a wide range of solutions, including these two game-changers.
Often, the most stressful part of a trip is getting the bikes, bags, humans and other essentials packed safely, and in comfort. Thule has been reducing this angst for 80 years, with its refined collections of bike, boat and bag transportation solutions. The Swedish firm is famed for its quality and user-friendly design, no more so than in our two go-to units, which combine perfectly to make your next adventure all about the bike.
If your car has a tow bar, this is the best and most affordable carrier in the Thule range. We’ve used ours on tar roads and on dirt, from Clanwilliam to Morgan Bay – and three years later, it’s still going strong.
It can take three full-sized mountain bikes, or any combination of road, mountain and kids’ bikes. We’ve even used it to transport a Specialized Turbo Levo e-bike, another adult mountain bike and a kid’s bike.
Loading the bikes is easy, but it takes some practice to get them into a position where they won’t injure each other (removing the pedals is usually the best way to achieve this). Once they’re on, you can tilt the carrier so you can still open your boot.
Back home again, you can collapse the vertical support and stand the carrier against the wall, out of the way. It takes up about as much space as a large suitcase.
A roof box will change your travelling life. No more whining kids crammed in between piles of bags and sundry – put them in the box, and forget all about them. The bags, obviously, not the kids.
The Touring S has a 330l capacity, and is rated to bear 50kg of luggage. How much space is that in the real world? Well, the average boot-space quoted for the Golf/Polo/Corolla grouping of family sedans runs to about 380l – so you double your carrying capacity by simply bolting a fuel-friendly aero box to your roof racks. You can even buy a set of four Thule duffel bags that fit perfectly into the box, for extra neat-freak-ness.
R10999 / thulestore.co.za
This review first appeared in Bicycling magazine