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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Porsche Cars North America
The Rola lightweight hitch mount NV2 Bike Carrier features adjustable cradles that slide to fit bikes of all sizes. The NV2 system can carry up to two bikes and its lightweight aluminum support arms utilize multiple pivot points allowing it to stow upright for travel, extend outward to load bikes and fold flat for rear cargo access. Since the NV2 transports bikes by the wheels, it will fit various frame styles and comes with protective foam pads to protect the bike’s frame and rims. Fits both 1 1/4- and 2-inch receivers.
Thule’s 598 Criterium upright single-bike carrier features an advanced “frame-hold” design that gently grips and holds the bike frame for greater stability. The frame C-clamp has an integrated dial to quickly adjust the gripping force. The 598 Criteruim can accomodate bike frames up to 3 3/8 inches in diameter and the aluminum wheel tray with its ratcheting strap can accommodate tire widths up to 2.6 inches wide. Compatible with Thule rack systems or other round bar systems, and factory rack compatible with optional Thule Ride-On Adapter.
The Swagman G2 platform-style, hitch-mounted bike rack is designed to fit two bikes of various shapes and sizes with tire diameters from 20 to 29 inches. The G2 fully adjustable design folds up when not being used, has ratcheting arms for easy adjustment when loading and unloading, and the center arm folds down allowing complete access to the rear of the vehicle. The G2 fits 1 1/4- and 2-inch hitch receivers. The kit also includes a locking hitch pin and a 10mm security cable.
The Yakima QuickBack 2 trunk carrier has a two-bike capacity and is compatible with most hatchbacks and SUVs. The integrated knob lets you dial in best the arm angles to gently cradle the bike, and SwitchBlade anti-sway feature ensures there is no bike-to-bike contact. Additional features include premium padded feet and steel-reinforced straps with coated padded metal buckles designed to keep everything secure and, most of all, protect your vehicle’s paint. As an added bonus, there is an integrated bottle opener for that celebratory drink after a long day’s ride.