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I also recommend placing your bikes on the frame the same way ...
on 30 September 2014
Whilst this item is definitely attractive due to its low price, there is a hidden price to pay:
1. The headache caused by the absurd instructions that come with the frame which make zero sense. The item took two of us 45mins to assemble (you will need a toolkit) and another 45mins or so to fit to our car. Ignore the instructions completely as they make the process far more confusing than it needs to be.
2. On the frame's initial outing, one of the two bikes attached to it came half off on the motorway due to the inadequacy of the little ties which hold them onto the frame. This necessitated a swift swerve into the hard shoulder to tie them on again with some spare bungee ropes. Definitely tie your bikes on with extra rope or bungee ropes, don't just rely on the little ties they provide, they are a joke. I also recommend placing your bikes on the frame the same way round as having them facing in different directions seems to destabilize things.
3. Upon arrival at our destination it transpired the frame was starting to scratch the boot of the car where it made contact with it - there should clearly be a protective pad in place there. I unearthed our first aid kit and placed a couple of plasters around the relevant points which did the trick but it should not have been necessary. Definitely consider placing a protective material between the frame and your boot to avoid scratching.
I understand the frame better now and will keep it for future use as its not broken or faulty, just quite shoddily designed. I do find myself gazing longingly at higher quality versions on other people's cars wondering whether we should have just paid that little extra to avoid the headaches we've had with this one; in hindsight we probably should have.