Thule use Swedish design and innovation to build quality travel accessories for an active lifestyle. The brand offers a wide range of products designed to help simplify transport of sporting goods and luggage, with their bike racks some of the most popular and imitated on the market.
The Thule Group are arguably best known in cycling for its bike carries, with the brand's crossbar roof accessories and rooftop mounted travel boxes also being seen on cars throughout the world. Bike carriers and travel boxes are extremely useful as they free up room inside the vehicle allowing you to either carry more luggage or passengers.
The company also produce premium quality child carriers and seats that attach to adult's bikes. Additional bike accessories are available including the patented Pack ‘n Pedal range of bicycle racks that attach to the bike and can carry Thule’s multi-purpose ‘panniers’, or travel bags. Those travel bags, panniers and general luggage also flow into bicycle travel cases for plane travel.
Thule roof racks or cross bars are what the roof mounted bike racks and boxes fit to and are specifically designed to work with certain vehicles. You will need to check that your vehicle is compatible with the accessory before purchasing, to do this, consult your local dealer or Thule's website for specifics.
Roof mounted bike carriers attach to the vehicle via roof racks and typically require you to lift the bike on top of the vehicle to attach. Some models such as the ‘Sprint’ and ‘ThruRide’ models require the front wheel to be off the bike before attaching the bike to the carrier, while others like the ProRide 598 range can hold a complete bike.
Three common methods of mounting rear bike racks include:
Tow bar mounted bike racks require a tow bar or tow ball and can hold multiple bikes. They are also typically the lowest to the ground and don’t require bikes to be lifted as far as other carrying methods. Popular models include the Euro Classic range and the Velo Compact range.
The ClipOn and G2 range of mounted bike racks strap to the rear of the car and do not require a tow bar, although they are not compatible with all vehicles. They can typically carry multiple bikes and similarly to the tow bar mounted carriers, they are lower to the ground than rooftop mounted carriers.
There are racks designed to fit 4WDs which carry a spare wheel on the outside of the rear door. These racks simply bolt over the top of the spare and from there, function much like the ClipOn racks.