+ Affordable roof-mounted rack
+ Doesn’t restrict visibility or access to the boot
+ Easy to use (and lockable)
– Carries only one bike
– Carbon frame protector not included
Thule is one of the leading names in the world of bike racks and the ProRide is a very good roof-mounted option that won’t break the bank.
It’s easy to use, with a frame holder and wheel trays in which to position your bike, although like all roof-mounted systems, life becomes difficult if you’re trying to lift a heavy bike onto a tall car. That aside, the ProRide does a good job at holding your machine securely in place via the central clamp and wheel ratchets. The ProRide also includes a lock, providing peace of mind at motorway services, but the carbon frame protector is an added extra.
The rack has a load capacity of 20kg and is compatible with most bikes, with Thule even offering a fat bike adapter for super-chunky tyres. The ProRide can only carry a single bike but that helps keep the price down, plus you can mount more than one on your roof bars if required.
Of course, those roof bars are required for installation and the ProRide won’t do wonders for your fuel consumption (something to consider if you’re planning long road trips), but as a safe, secure and affordable bike rack, this is our pick of the bunch.