They make accesories for the new mini and the thing that I am interested in is the sports link attachment. I am getting a Mini Cooper S and have a slight problem with fitting a mountain bike in the back of the car. Also I don't really fancy getting a roof rack due to the holes that need to be drilled. A toebar can't be fitted because of the centre exhaust (and it would look pants). So I want to know if there are any reviews or thoughts on the sports link attachment, if anyone has one, what it looks like etc etc. They look and sound like a great idea.
Mark, That looks brill. Please could you tell me what parts and companies you got the stuff from? I really need that for my S.
Karen, At the mo, my mountain bike has to go in the boot with the seats down. The frame sits longways up side down in the back with the seat post removed, and a wheel on each side. The rear mech is normally an inch away from my face (!) so no hard cornering!
I do not really mind having it in the car in the summer, as both car and bike are my pride and joy. But in wet conditions the bike and me come back pretty muddy and I don't want to be threading the bike in the boot!!
Here's my pics... You'll notice my mountain bike and a top-tube adapter. I'm not too happy with the bike rack mount, it's slotted and therefore if you don't really tighten the knobs your bike may shift (sag) due to the rear of the bike being heavier. I've sort of solved the sag by strapping the front wheel to the lower bike arm.
Looks like the Saris Bike Rack Adapter. I'm using the same thing. I use bungie straps both front and rear to the lower part of the bike rack asssembly to help prevent shifting.
System is definitely not like my Thule system I use with the X5, it's also about 25lbs lighter.
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