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PostSubject: New Bike Rack   Wed Mar 14, 2012 1:13 pm

Hey guys, I know it a fairly common extra, but just fitted my Fiamma bike rack.. you like how the red trim matches the bunting - forward planning :-)

[img] Bike rack by stephenjedward, on Flickr[/img]
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PostSubject: Re: New Bike Rack   Wed Mar 14, 2012 1:26 pm

Don't run a hose along the top of the hatch now - the only downside to this great accessory is that it pushes in the rubber seal and allows water to get in if it's high pressure.

Looking good though - hope you used a spirit level to line it up straight! Wink

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PostSubject: Re: New Bike Rack   Wed Mar 14, 2012 2:04 pm

Nice plate SJE Cool
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PostSubject: Re: New Bike Rack   Wed Mar 14, 2012 4:21 pm

Mine does that too Tim, leaks in heavy a downpour, I thought it was just mine!

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PostSubject: Re: New Bike Rack   Wed Mar 14, 2012 6:42 pm

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Mine does that too Tim, leaks in heavy a downpour, I thought it was just mine!

Nope it's a no-cost feature common to all users Kev!

We seeing you next weekend at the show?

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PostSubject: Re: New Bike Rack   Wed Mar 14, 2012 6:57 pm

Wondering if a little bit of something sticky and waterproof smeared on the rubber might help.

We have the same problem with ours, I'll try some Vaseline and see what happens.

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PostSubject: Re: New Bike Rack   Wed Mar 14, 2012 6:58 pm

Tried a lot of stuff Tallulah - it's a known and kind of accepted flaw.

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PostSubject: Re: New Bike Rack   Wed Mar 14, 2012 7:14 pm

oh well.

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PostSubject: Re: New Bike Rack   Wed Mar 14, 2012 9:15 pm


On a more positive note though its a superb bike rack/carry rack.

Re next week Tim, will do best, probably Sunday, but will leave earlier than last year, took a while to get in Sad You guys did a sterling job though...

BTW Dub passed its MOT last week, no problems so we are ready to roll.. cheers

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PostSubject: Re: New Bike Rack   Wed Mar 14, 2012 9:21 pm

Always good to get thro' the MOT - Well Done Cool

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PostSubject: Re: New Bike Rack   Wed Mar 14, 2012 11:03 pm

Some thing to bear in mind - we bought our van in October, 2008 when it was 4 years old and it came with the same bike rack as yours. We took it off as we didn't envisage using it for a while and it had obviously been used a lot !! Because where the two rubber pads rested against the boot lid were two slight dents and scratches. And as Tim says - it used to rain in at the top !!

Our van passed its MOT yesterday too..
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PostSubject: Re: New Bike Rack   Thu Mar 15, 2012 9:37 am

We went for one of these ...... 4 Bike Carrier

It does mean getting a tow-bar fitted but once that's done they're dead easy to put on / take off.

Also it's hinged so can be dropped down to access the rear (so to speak).

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PostSubject: Re: New Bike Rack   Thu Mar 15, 2012 10:41 am

That's a monster of a bike rack Shocked
How far will it project once fitted and the 4 bikes are loaded?
Great bit of kit though - just be careful reversing Laughing
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PostSubject: Re: New Bike Rack   Thu Mar 15, 2012 11:04 am

Great price too.

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PostSubject: Re: New Bike Rack   Thu Mar 15, 2012 11:16 am

Scooby - it does stick out a bit when open you're right (as you need the full length even for one bike). It's maybe 60cm (or 2 ft in old money!).

We have 4 bikes on sometimes so it's good to know they're a bit spaced out from each other.
As with all Thule products, it takes a bit of time before you realise you can trust it to do what it does - at first they seem to defy the laws of physics!

The good bits are the time it takes to install (2 minutes) and the price. The down side is you need a tow-bar installed too (£300?), and you should really get a lightbar to go with it (they're about £30 for the Thule one, and maybe £15 for a number plate).


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PostSubject: Re: New Bike Rack   Thu Mar 15, 2012 11:20 am

Oh, and you do need to take it off when not using it, as opposed to a Fiamma unit which you can leave on.

Horses for courses, as they say!

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PostSubject: Bike Rack?   Sun Mar 25, 2012 11:50 pm

Good Evening Gang
Has anyone got a bike rack which is good for a Kombi (Fiamma. Thule (no towbar on our Kombi) etc) - we could do with getting one.
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PostSubject: Re: New Bike Rack   Mon Mar 26, 2012 11:09 am

The Fiamma rack designed for the T2 is very good, holds two bikes (as well as flag poles when needed, view Volksworld pics for details...) and is widely available from the normal suspects.



We bought ours from Just Kampers last years open day to get the additional 10% open day discount and as they didn't have one in stock they delivered it for free a week or two later.

We also got a free cover although as yet we've only used it once.

Fiamma T2 Rack

Don't forget to ask about club discount too!

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PostSubject: Re: New Bike Rack   Sun Apr 08, 2012 7:22 pm

How do you fit it? Is it something you can do yourself or involves some serious drilling, fitting, etc Wink We are about to get one for our customers.
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PostSubject: Re: New Bike Rack   Sun Apr 08, 2012 8:57 pm

Easily fitted - no drilling or screwing - you just need a spanner.

Takes about 10 minutes if that to put on.
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PostSubject: Re: New Bike Rack   Mon Apr 09, 2012 7:39 am

@JLS 62 wrote:
Easily fitted - no drilling or screwing - you just need a spanner.

Takes about 10 minutes if that to put on.

just got ours - takes about 10 mins to assemble in boxed form from JK and about 10 mins to fit with spanners.

I pleased with it


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PostSubject: Re: New Bike Rack   Mon Apr 09, 2012 11:36 am

Make sure you check all fittings and bolts once you've used it as ours 'settled' a bit and needed tightening to avoid movement and potential damage.

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PostSubject: Re: New Bike Rack   Mon Apr 09, 2012 6:21 pm

We've decided to grasp the nettle and get a towbar - can see it being very useful in future.
I like the danbug - but have a trailer already - so thinking of rebuilding it with a teardrop sort of shape - just thoughts (pipe dreams) at the moment - I am such an optimist!
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PostSubject: Re: New Bike Rack   Mon Apr 09, 2012 7:02 pm

we have in the next month holiday. we drive in the centerpark to holland. and we go too with a bike carrier. looks the same you have. that is a very good thing for the van. i like it. it is very helpfull and easy. looks good on your van

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PostSubject: Re: New Bike Rack   Tue Apr 10, 2012 7:25 pm

Many thanks, guys!
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