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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
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.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on 20 August 2013
after i managed to work out how to fit the straps the carrier was easy to fit to my car and my two mountain bikes fit with ease and so far cannot fault it in any way.
only fault are the instructions for the straps you cannot make out the detail and it can take you sometime to work out the fitting.
do what i did look at another carrier on someone elses car or a built up one in store, he he
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 27 July 2014
For the money, you can't go wrong. It's not the greatest build quality, but it's the 3rd of the price of many branded ones. As quite a few others have said, it's a bit of a challenge putting it together as the instructions are over photocopied, so you can't really read them. What you can read is a waste of time.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 15 March 2014
Arrived really quickly and well packed. Good product for the job it's needed for but don't bother with trying to read or follow the instructions.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 19 October 2014
It arrived quickly, box had slight damage but contents was ok.
Instructions were usless, diagrams badly printed and instructions vague.
Used picture from here and adjusted it till I got it right.
Two cam buckles are metal and other four are plastic.
The same sort as on my backpack that can snap while in use.
I got four metal ones and six metal 3 bar slides buckles to hold the straps and keep the webbing tight and tidy.
It now fits well and is secure on the back door of my fiat punto.
If your number plate is not on your back door, then it won't block it.
I would recommend getting a spare number plate to attach to bike if it blocks the one on the car.
Also check that your lights are still able to be seen when bike or bikes are attached.
The red rubber bits for holding the bike can be slid off and stored.
Since I will be only using it for one bike most of the time, this is handy for me.
Your need two 10m spanners to tighten the bolts.
Using all metal cam buckles and metal 3 bar Slide Buckles, makes it easy to attach and remove.
Once setup it can be resetup in a minute and taken down in the same.
When I get a chance, I will add photo's to help.

Some photo's of the rack mounted and unmounted, just use link to goto page where they are.

http://tinypic.com/useralbum.php?ua=VMqnc3R1f2jF4GICRRPKyw%3D%3D

Amazon don't allow links, so your need yo copy and past it into your browser.

Remember I did change the buckles.
I find it steady as a rock when secured, no movement with one bike.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 30 June 2014
I bought this to transport one bike, which is does the job for, although I've only made one journey.

I had to improvise putting a child's shoe on one of the pedals to make sure it did not scratch my car. The red rubber clasps that you put the bike on come off that the bottom when you tighten them up with the screw at the bottom, so you can't tighten them too much, which is worrying. I had to used a lot of bungee cords to hold the bike firmly, I also took off a wheel.

It's obviously a very cheap solution for bike transport compared with many of the overpriced products on the market, which can cost as much as a decent bike. It's OK for what I'm intending to use it for, but I wouldn't feel very comfortable transporting more than one bike on it, three bikes would be positively dangerous in my opinion.

There are no CE marks on it or the box, the instructions are useless and very poorly translated, however you can work out how to fix it my looking at the picture on the box and using some common sense.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 11 December 2014
This is amazing !!! Halfords told us we couldn't hav a bike rack on the boot, only on the roof of our BMW 3 series which would hav cost £350+ !!! This bike rack is crazy cheap - and does the job perfectly !!!! Used it loads of times !! Definitely reccomend this product and seller
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 12 August 2014
One of my son's bought one and as others have said the instructions were useless but the photos on the box give you an idea.instead of bungy ropes I bought a couple of 99p cable locks for securing the front wheels of our bikes.ideal size .
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 21 May 2014
Bought this bike carrier to carry not only modern bikes but for some vintage bikes too. The instructions, you may as well not bother with, poor quality copies! Got there in the end though. Once installed on the car, very secure. Managed to carry 2 vintage bikes, one of which is a childs loop frame and although a bit tricky as no crossbar, I managed it. The bikes "travelled" well and securely and did not move around, which they did on my old bike carrier. I used my own additional straps to ensure that they where secured properly. Would definitely recommend, especially at the price I paid, just bear in mind the instructions are not good.
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on 16 June 2015
Attached to the car, secured bikes and carrier using bungee ropes and cable ties aswell as the original straps that come with it.......drove 10 yards and the whole lot flew off scratching the boot of the car causing quite a lot of damage. Hate to think what would have happened if I was travelling on the motorway!
Contacted SWT who wouldn't refund and offered me a £2 discount to use on more of their crappy products!
Absolutely disgusted with the item and the service.
Do not go near this or them.
I have another bike carrier bought last year which is fine but they're not on Amazon anymore. (only got another for the Mrs so we could take all 4 kids bikes)
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