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Richard Wheeldon 09 Feb 2020

Am fed up with having to buy new roof bars and fittings when I change my car... seen quite a few folk using these... anyone on here got any experience with them?

https://www.seasucker.com/collections/car-racks/products/talon

Thanks

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nniff 09 Feb 2020
In reply to Richard Wheeldon:

Best invention ever.  A minute to fit, 10 seconds to remove, and about a minute to put the bike on.  Fits on my estate car with a glass roof and on my wife's BMW Z4 - fork on the roof, rear wheel on the boot. 

You need to tie one crank to a chain stay so that the crank doesn't turn and let a pedal touch the roof (I use a short length of old inner tube for the purpose).  Fits pretty much any car that does not have a canvas or a ridged roof.  Stable at speeds faster than the law allows.  

I have a cable lock for it - a padlock at one end goes on the QR that holds the fork.  The other end of the cable has a plate that you shut behind the car door.

I have a shed full of old roof racks and bike racks that cost far more than the Seasucker.  It also travels, so on hols I can ride out to meet the family somewhere and get a lift back.  For a while I had a padded bike bag that would fold up.  That got folded, put in the hire car boot, luggage on top and the bike went on the roof on the Seasucker.

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Richard Wheeldon 09 Feb 2020
In reply to nniff:

... many thanks for the feedback... I'd pretty much made up my mind to give the Seasucker a go; will definitely do so now... out of interest; where did you get yours from?

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krikoman 09 Feb 2020
LastBoyScout 09 Feb 2020
In reply to Richard Wheeldon:

Worth looking at Whispbar through bars - foot packs are only £25 when you change car. I need bars to fit 2 cars and they were massively cheaper then Thule to do that.

I'm still sceptical about SeaSuckers and in any case I need bars for kayaks and surf boards.

Www.roofbox.co.uk

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Jabbott 10 Feb 2020
In reply to LastBoyScout:

Another vote for Whispbars, have two sets of feet any they work great with both. They are, as the name implies, really quiet & fuel efficient too. 

I'm not sure I'd trust stuff stuck my roof with suction cups when travelling at motorway speeds!

Cheers,
Jamie

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thepodge 10 Feb 2020
In reply to Richard Wheeldon:

I have the Rockbros version of the Seasucker and have zero complaints. 

Its a bit of a faff mounting it every time but I have the 3 bike version so need to do 7 suckers each time.

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nniff 10 Feb 2020
In reply to Richard Wheeldon:

I can't remember where I got mine - on-line somewhere.  It is possible that mine may have traveled at considerably faster than the law allows, both in a straight line and around bends.  With a glass roof, you can see the bike - nary a wobble.  On a folding metal roof, the panels take a while to settle down to the new forces and creak for a few miles until they have sorted out the seals.

You'll not pull one of the suckers away from the roof without lifting an edge

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