I used a bike rack that fixed to the roof bars. The bike fitted upside down, with the saddle located in a holder at one end and the handlebars clamped to the rack. It worked very well. However, I suspect that the ones where the bike is right way up, the rear wheel is clamped, and the front forks locate in a holder are even more stable. This arrangement was better than the rear rack (which I've also used), because there is no problem opening the boot door.Bungle said:Has anybody tried mounting bikes up on the roof, and how stable are they?
Am i better of getting a tow bar fitted and sticking them in a trailor?
Do Honda make a roof box to suit the Civic or are you better off going to Halfords or something?
Thanks. What you say is exactly what I thought (my Thule kit for the Alfa 156 likewise means I need new bars and the rapid fitting kit), but I wasn't aware I would have to modify the gutters to make it work like TomThumb is suggesting. This is not a good thing in my opinion - extra money, plus doesn't look fantastic to have protruding covers spoiling the lines of the car for when the roof bars are not being used.Great Soprendo,
I originally fitted my Thule roofbox to a Fiat Bravo. Then, when I changed my car to a Jazz, all I had to change was the Rapid Fitting Kit (£25) as the 120cm bars (going across the roof) were already the right size.
However, Thule specify that you need 127cm (part 759) bars for the Civic. So, if you already have the gutterless foot pack, but not the part 759 roof bars, you'll need them + Rapid Fitting Kit 1416.
Over and above that, there's nothing else you'll need to fit for a Thule installation.