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PudnBob

PudnBob

Waiting for the OH to retire enabling longer trips
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Sherborne
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T6 Ocean 150
One week into our two weeks with Gracie round France. One Cannondale, one Focus third campsite. 7B865E1B-D834-4815-A73E-392B5442DDDC.jpegB8CCD46C-4540-468D-B6F3-57634D81A550.jpeg50469CFC-47F4-48B6-A7C6-A35DEBC867F5.jpegD0242A63-92F6-4DA9-A431-325501AA133E.jpeg38B6783F-E245-4A7C-B09C-9E66D2C44C01.jpegB8CCD46C-4540-468D-B6F3-57634D81A550.jpeg
 
lm0276

lm0276

K&L
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Leamington Spa
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T6 Ocean 150
We like to mix the road with a bit of gravel, so for van bikes, I'm on a Trek Domane atm and the gf has just had a shiny new Canyon Roadlite.

I'd not want my summer bike on the back of the van, but even having these two relatively 'cheap' bikes strapped to the rack makes me a little nervous overnight and when travelling.

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Redrick Esq.

Redrick Esq.

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England
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T6 Ocean 204 4Motion
I see chicken strips!!!!
On the KTM you would do as it was less than an hour old when that was taken

I have just returned from a week in the Picos and trust me there are no chicken strips now
 
GraemeP

GraemeP

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Isle of Wight
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Looking to buy
I run a 2018 YT Industries Capra Pro Race - factory standard other than swapped out the air shock for a coil:
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I tend to only use this for trips away, generally Wales, Forrest of Dean, Surrey Hills, Rogate, Tidworth etc. She’s pretty burly for a single crown fork with 170mm front and rear.

my go to steed is my Ragley Bigwig - British steel hardtail with Hope pro 4 hubs, Burgtec cockpit and flats, Fox 130mm 34s and a few other upgrades:


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I also have a Genesis Croix De Fer steel road bike, and a Charge Plug single speed. They do a mix of town commutes, and a bit of road when I’m with the family or right for time.
 
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Trevor Adams

Trevor Adams

Magic Bus
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Nottingham
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T6 Ocean 150
A recent trip to East Norfolk staying at the Two Mills site near North Walsham.
We did a ride down to Potter Heigham on the Broads,

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then out to the coast to Happisburgh. Here’s the famous lighthouse
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pjm-84

pjm-84

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T5 SE 180
First use of the towel rail in anger today. Without the Thule bar it would have been pretty useless for my bikes. No chance with the 1 tie arm but the second tie worked well although a tad high for sub 6ft 5inchers. Because of the ground I was on tip toes to unscrew this.

Bike was secure and I can recommend the Thule 982 "Ladies" Bike Adapter

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clarinetbcn

clarinetbcn

T5.1 Beach 140
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Location
Barcelona, Spain
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T5 Beach
First use of the towel rail in anger today. Without the Thule bar it would have been pretty useless for my bikes. No chance with the 1 tie arm but the second tie worked well although a tad high for sub 6ft 5inchers. Because of the ground I was on tip toes to unscrew this.

Bike was secure and I can recommend the Thule 982 "Ladies" Bike Adapter

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Front wheel off and the fork attached to an adapted Thule anchor will keep your bikes almost below 2M. I've noticed almost 20% increase in consumption when I have bikes on (with 4 bikes), so that's my next project. Forum search function will take you to those who've done it.
 
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Louis II

Louis II

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Location
Bristol
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T5 SE 140
First use of the towel rail in anger today. Without the Thule bar it would have been pretty useless for my bikes. No chance with the 1 tie arm but the second tie worked well although a tad high for sub 6ft 5inchers. Because of the ground I was on tip toes to unscrew this.

Bike was secure and I can recommend the Thule 982 "Ladies" Bike Adapter
I find bigger bikes better further out on say the 3rd rail then clamp to the seat tube which a
First use of the towel rail in anger today. Without the Thule bar it would have been pretty useless for my bikes. No chance with the 1 tie arm but the second tie worked well although a tad high for sub 6ft 5inchers. Because of the ground I was on tip toes to unscrew this.

Bike was secure and I can recommend the Thule 982 "Ladies" Bike Adapter
I put full suspension MTB's on the rails that are further away from the van and clamp to the seat tube to make them easier to reach & no need for any extra adaptors.
 
4x4 joker

4x4 joker

VW T6 Westfalia Club Joker 4motion
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Southampton
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First use of the towel rail in anger today. Without the Thule bar it would have been pretty useless for my bikes. No chance with the 1 tie arm but the second tie worked well although a tad high for sub 6ft 5inchers. Because of the ground I was on tip toes to unscrew this.

Bike was secure and I can recommend the Thule 982 "Ladies" Bike Adapter

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Hi
Do you wild camping and leave your bike on the back still?
I’m looking at getting a new bike but wild camping loads and a bit worried about having such an expensive bike on the back.
 
pjm-84

pjm-84

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I don't wild camp any more but it wouldn't worry me because I sleep very lightly. I would also put a cover over the bike so out of sight out of mind.

I took my old Alloy 2013 Scalpel away with me a few weeks back. I left the bike locked on the back in public places but was more concerned that someone might damage the van if stealing the bike. So I put it in the van when we were parked in Keswick for a few hours.
 

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