Now that summer is in high gear, it’s time to get out and do stuff with your stuff. Here are a few of our favorite storage systems designed for virtually every European car chassis. There’s no excuse now. Go outside and do stuff.
The Euro PitchFork bike rack is designed to fit the slotted crossbars found on Audi, BMW, MINI, Porsche, Volvo, VW and Thule rapid aero bars. Designed with a quick-release aluminum head fork mount combined with a low-profile tray it will accommodate everything from skinny road tires up to 2.7 inches wide mountain bike tires. The Euro PitchFork is compatible with disc and standard brake systems. With the optional Lock Cores you are able to lock the bike to the rack and the rack to the car.
Available in nine colors: black, silver, red, white, yellow, blue, green, pink and orange.
For those who thought the MINI convertible couldn’t hold more than a few grocery bags, the rear rack system for the R52 MINI Cooper convertible can be used to transport a wide variety of bulky sports equipment. Designed specifically for the convertible, this rear base support system provides unrestricted access to the trunk and features a quick-release fastener to make installation and removal quick and easy. To provide extra security, the rack has theft-resistant bolts and locks.
Rear rack base support system: $835
Rear rack installation kit: $125.95
1st Bike Holder: $142.95
The Volkswagen base carrier bars are designed to fit the factory installed vertical roof rails that come standard on the ’11 Touareg 2. The T-slot channel design allows for easy install, and keyed lock bolts keep your the rack and your precious cargo secure. Various adapters are available to fits skis, snowboards, surfboards, kayaks, bikes and other miscellaneous cargo. The optional Barracuda bike holder features a built-in lock and can transport up to three bikes of varying sizes in an upright, staggered position.
Base Carrier: $405
Barracuda Bike Holder: $136.56
Volkswagen of America
The Barracuda bicycle holder is a factory option accessory for the Audi Q5 stock base carrier bars. Designed to fit one 20-80mm bike frame, the unique molded front wheel shape allows the bike to stand upright on its own, freeing up your hands to secure the bike. The Barracuda also includes a lock for extra security.
Audi of America
The Porsche Tequipment load assist bar system for the Cayenne allows for easy handling of roof top loads by featuring an angled hinge apparatus that brings the bars and your secured goodies down to chest level. Not only does this save your back, but it prevents scratches and other vehicular damage as you load cargo on and off. The load assist bar requires the installation of base carrier bars and is compatible with a wide range of other roof accessories making transporting virtually anything a breeze.
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