It is several weeks since I bought roof bars and three bike racks. At last I have got around to building the assembly with just one bike rack and fitting it to the car so that I will know how to do it at short notice if necessary.
I started by assembling the bars and trial fitting them on the car so as to establish how far apart the clamps needed to be to fit around the roof gutters. Then, back on the ground, I added the bike rack to the bars. The hinged clamping arms attached easily to the frame just below the water bottle. The bike stands in a metal channel which is in two halves, joined together by two nuts and bolts through a choice of holes which enable the channel to be short or long to suit the size of the bike.
Straps are supplied to secure the wheels in the channel.
Having taken the picture I removed the bike from the rack and then added the whole assembly to the car, wondering as I did so whether I would be strong enough, and be able to reach far enough, to lift the bike on to the rack and hold it while attaching the main clamp to the frame. In fact it wasn’t too difficult and will get easier with practice.
Apart from that I haven’t touched the bike since Sunday but I have arranged to take it back to “my” bike shop next week for a few adjustments to be made by the professionals. Then I will be happier about taking it out again and I have worked out a new route for my next major ride already. How did we manage before Google Earth made it all so interesting?