can't really deny it, every now and then you're going
to want to take your bike out of the city and whether
you're off on holiday, taking the bike to a favourite
spot which happens to be 50 miles away, or even visiting
another city you need some method of getting the bike
from A to B.
isn't the time or place to be discussing the benefits
of relative merits of mounting your pride and joy on
the roof, back, or even in the boot of your car (mainly
because we're only testing one method here), but a couple
of things unite all possibilities - the bike and the
car should remain damage-free for the entireity of the
so enter stage left the Avenir Arizona.
Arizona is a high mounting rear cycle carrier, possibly
one of the easiest ways to carry your bikes, with the
rack attaching to the boot of your car, and sitting
high enough that the bikes are clear of your car's lights
and registration plate - doing away with the necessity
of a lighting board.
far so good. And this continues with the mounting of
the rack, something which one person can manage within
around five minutes after having a few initial attempts.
With six straps slipping into the boot seal this is
a rack that won't shift about too much. The carrier
then takes three bikes, each held in individual mounts,
locked into place with rubber strips that, while looking
insignificant, seem immensely secure.
this is brilliant right? Well it kinda goes downhill
the two main things a bike rack must do? Well this rack
managed neither. The feet of the rack, rather than being
made of a soft material, are hard rubber, which means
that if the surface of the car underneath isn't totally
clean, and the bike rack moves even a tiny amount, the
paint on your car will be scratched - and unless you
like the look of four rubbed patches around the boot
of your car this is going to be a major turn-off.
even if you only see the car as a way to get your bikes
around and so not that important to you, the rack managed
to rub the decals off one bike and through the paint
of another in the space of two journeys.
word this isn't going well. In the end I took to tearing
up an old t-shirt and putting pieces of the fabric underneath
the feet and round the frames of the bikes where they
sat in the mounts. Not exactly satisfactory. So much
so that I've resorted to taking the wheels off my bike
and putting the whole thing into the boot instead.
definitely, useful? Not in the slightest.