Now that the Passat has proved its worth, we need to fix some roof bars to it so we can carry all our bikes.
The car is a '96 N, and has roof rails. However, we don't know whether the rail-mount bars you can buy will work for our Passat. The two Thule fittings (the 750 non-rail design has the hook part; the 755 rail design has no hook) are pictured here, and are £80 - £100 per pair.
Apparently the Thule system comprises three parts for a complete roofrack, and for our Passat these are:-
The cheapest places we've found online for these parts were:
The Halfords store in Norwich wanted around £110 for these parts.
What we actually need is a tandem bike carrier. Members of the Tandem Club reccommend Pendle bars
, in two versions:
- the PENDLE T-Bar Tandem Rack which requires front wheel removal
- the Pendle Tandem Rack - "keep both wheels on"
Both these racks are priced at £150 or so, so not cheap. EBay UK also drew a blank, so quite a specialist item.
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