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Nice looking bike Carrier, Watch out, the wheel holders break easily,
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This review is from: Thule ProRide Twin Pack 591 Bicycle Carrier Roof-Mounted (Automotive)
There a are a lot of dodgy roof bike carriers out there. It's seems that everything is cost engineered. I have been through 3 other lower priced models by Halfords, Mont Blanc and Thule. All proved inferior and lasted less than 18 months of use.
You would think to look at it, that the ProRide 591 was the best one on the market. And, it probably is. But, it too is cost engineered.
Thule: Take note. After owning a pair of these racks for a little over 9 months, a level crossing proved their undoing.
The level crossing was not exactly a pot hole, but nevertheless, the bounce it caused, resulted in both rear plastic wheel holders fracturing, their parts strewn over the railway track, leaving two bikes lying on their side on my roof.
Luckily, I had a couple of straps in the car and was able to pick up the bikes, placing the rear wheels directly onto the grooves of the somewhat more sturdy aluminium carrier frame and carry on with my journey.
I note that this seems to be a common spare part on Thule stockists websites so I assume that I am not alone in this experience. At £14.99 per wheel holder, it is not cheap to replace either.
Other than that the overall bike carrier is sturdy. Looks good on the Aero bars. Don't trust the lock though. There are YouTube videos showing how easy it can be broken into. Get a secondary lock to fully protect your bikes.
And, finally, invest in the one-key system. Saves carrying lots of different keys around.