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This car­rier is a plea­sure to use, but more im­por­tantly it’s a plea­sure to store. The whole things folds up not much big­ger than a pic­nic ta­ble and you can drag it around like a wheelie suit­case. Stash it against the wall in the garage and for­get about it un­til your next mis­sion. Un­fold­ing it and mount­ing it to the tow bar is a cinch, as is load­ing the bikes. (With good dis­tance be­tween the bikes and ex­tra-long wheel straps, you can trans­port every­thing from three kids’ bikes to three fat bikes and every­thing in-be­tween.) Once the bikes are on, you can still ac­cess the boot by tilt­ing the whole con­trap­tion out of the way us­ing a foot pedal. It’s Thule sim­plic­ity at its best – the only draw­back is the price tag. If you’re will­ing to store your car­rier in the rafters, the cheaper VeloCom­pact range of­fers sim­i­lar func­tion­al­ity with­out the abil­ity to fold. Or have a look at their hang­ing racks. R17 000 at Thule re­tail­ers – find one at

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