"Thanks for the heads up Garry :)Because a throttle is a requirement for Mr D, Maurice from Glowworm will be a great person to talk to. The eZee bikes are well equipped and reliable with expert backup from Maurice and his team! "
"Yeah, my Dad used to be the importer for Thule so I grew up talking all things Thule around the dinner table! My business partner and friend AJ used to work at Thule also so it was a decided early on in our business that we start retailing Thule…"
"If you want roof mount... it's hard to go past the 591 ProRide... it's what I would get. PeterT makes some good points... The 594XT Sidearm is an option but it looks a bit bulky on the roof rack and doesn't work well with bikes…"
"If the rear door opens 'out' rather than 'up', then the tilting versions only allow the door to be partially opened.Disclaimer - As well as importing Gazelle, we sell also Thule at our warehouse - www.thulestorebotany.com.au"
"Hi Paul, my work colleague is looking for a new bike. I suggested to her to look at a Gazelle bike. She said that she is living in the eastern suburbs and would like a light commuting bike. What Gazelle bike would you recommend? I am not sure of her…"
Thanks Paul. Your bikes look great. I used to have (an old) one like that when I lived in London. Have also visited the Netherlands a few times (in my backpacker days) and ridden there (in Breda.) Hope to talk to you at some stage. I'm in Maroubra sometimes, so I may even drop in. Cheers, Phil.
Hi Paul. Thanks for the comment. The hybrid you have pointed out looks great and good on you for starting the biz here. Best of luck! For me though - I'm actually after something even lighter to really eat up the miles (and the hills). That's why I was interested in the 7.9fx from Trek. Although expensive, it comes in at 9.1kgs total which is pretty good. I might be after more of a tourer later though so will keep your site on my faves. Cheers, Andrew
Hi Paul, I think you may like this blog. http://hembrow.blogspot.com/ David Hembrow is a Kiwi-born bicycle basket maker come Dutch cycling tour guide. He has wonderful insights into Dutch cycling culture.
Are you the same Paul that runs Thule Central? We got a couple of Electra Townies and are looking at how to carry them around on the back of our Mazda6 Hatch (with Two Bar). We got a Thule Hang-On Rack to go on our tow ball, but I had a few issues with it.
Firstly, the rack rotates on the tow ball, so with bikes on it it can easily swing around and damage the car. A friend has and older style Hang-On rack that has a little adaptor that you screw under the tow ball that stops the movement, but the new racks don't seem to have this bit.
I also had a few issues with getting the bikes handing nicely, but this is less of an iproblem because I think that is more of a learning experience. However, the need to add a Light Bar and lock etc actually brings the price up to almost the same level as the Thule EuroWay 947, which looks like a much nicer/easier solution.
Do you have any experience with either of these Thule racks?
I took the Thule Hang-On Rack back to the shop today and we had a look at it. Turns out that the tow ball itself was turning in the tongue of the tow bar. We got out the biggest spanner I have ever seen and tightened the tow ball up and it then seemed to grip ok.
In regards to the weird frame geometry on the Townies, and the need to have a Lightbar as well, I have returned the HangOn rack and have ordered the Thule Euroway 947 instead. This will hopefully solve all my issues!
We swapped out the Thule Hang-On Rack for the EuroWay 947. I love the Euroway! It was so much easier to get all the bikes on the carrier without worrying out hanging at weird angles. It also included the Lightboard and it locks to the two ball, so that was a bonus.
In regards to the the thing swinging about, even after we tightened the tow ball as much as we could, it was still moving about in the tongue. I took the whole contraption up to Shop1Auto at Gladesville and got them to take a look at it. It turns out that the cause of the problem was two-fold. Firstly, the tongue on the tow bar has a powder coated smooth surface, so we removed the tow ball and roughed it up with some sandpaper. Secondly, on the factory fitted tow ball, the spring tension washer has bevelled edges, so it does not grip to anything. Solution was to replace the tow ball with a new one. Cost $10, problem solved. Minimal effort, no further movement!