Halfords Advanced 4 bike tow bar bike rack review

A friendly price tag, but we found this rack a bit of a faff to fit, with some features found to be lacking

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Cycling Weekly Verdict

Value for money is a big factor in choosing the Halfords Advanced four-bike rack. For families who want to take the kids’ bikes and head off, it’s ideal and the robust build means it will cope with years of action, backed up by a five-year warranty. However, for many cyclists, the Advanced is too limited in its design to work with machines such as most full suspension mountain bikes. It’s also a little fiddly to set up and the hefty weight means you really need two people to safely install this rack.

Reasons to buy
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    Sturdy construction

Reasons to avoid
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    Heavy to fit for one person

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    Not suitable for many MTBs

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You cannot argue with the strong value for money proposition Halfords’ Advanced four-bike tow bar-mounted rack offers. The list price of £345 is keen enough, but it is also regularly offered in sales from the company at lower prices, so if you can afford to wait you might well bag a bike car rack bargain.

However, this keenly pitched price comes with a few caveats, not least the 19.5kg weight of the rack that means it’s a hefty bit of kit to fit single-handed. We tried it on our own and with help from a friend, and it is definitely a two-person job to get it on to the tow bar and aligned quickly and simply. If that doesn’t sound like much fun, Halfords offers an installation service at its stores. This option adds £35 to the price of the rack and you still have to remove and refit it yourself from then on. 

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Al Suttie is a freelance motoring journalist and keen cyclist. He loves all things on two, three and four wheels - making him excellently placed to test car racks for Cycling Weekly