Towbar bend by Bike carrier
Lilaton 07 Aug 2017
Letum911 07 Aug 2017
Nope. Also it does not quite make sense that a structure built to carry and pull a few ton will bend/brake under 50kg's load.
cadenceblur 07 Aug 2017
I would like to know if somebody ever experienced that the towbar broke or bended by attaching a bike carrier to the ball of the towbar.?
WTF ? No ways
Pah Bear 07 Aug 2017
Makes no sense. No way you can get that much torque from attaching a bike carrier and even if you put 4 bikes on it, still ... no.
Maybe you can explain a bit more?
HenkD 08 Aug 2017
Firstly is it a SABS approved towbar? Did it bend or did it break. Some pictures would help
HenkD 08 Aug 2017
Maybe a theoretical question?
Could be but then again the heading is a statement and not a question.
Long Wheel Base 08 Aug 2017
I dont see how if you can do stuff like this
Now that's cool. Was wondering how they get it up there. Googled the image, Wow those racks are intricate. Well some of them just have a ramp but some of the tilting ones are an engineering masterpiece. So that bike weights about 200kilos? The rack possibly 50kilos? That's a lot of downward weight so far behind the rear axle. I wonder if its advisable to improve the rear suspension? Yes a caravan weights a lot more but its forces are in a different direction. The downward weight from a caravan, if packed correctly should be very little.
Edited by Long Wheel Base, 08 August 2017 - 07:45 .
s14phoenix 08 Aug 2017
There is a reason there is a tow ball maximum weight rating... its a downward weight rating then there is the towing capacity rating which is also on there.
Have you seen how some of these backyard towbar places fit a towbar and what they attach it to on the car??? scary stuff.
If you don't know enough to ensure you get quality - buy a brand name or oem towbar and pay the extra - they come with quality guarantees at least - and then don't be a n0b when you use it.
Wahoofish 08 Aug 2017
Cacey 08 Aug 2017
Swop the alu frame for carbon - should get the weight under 50 kg's oh and you do not need 100mm I-beams for bike rack frame