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Same way any bike rack fits to any bars? The bars don't have to be FIAT either, you could go for full Thule.
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Looks like I know more than fiat then.... or maybe it was just a lucky guess

I don't have any close ups at present, but this is the image from the manual that show's how it clamps on....



The front clamps/arm etc dont move but, the rear one slides back and forth to match the bars, then the wheel guides and straps move about too. All in all I'm very happy with it, only niggle is it sits a bit far forward on the car, but nothing too silly.
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seems obvious now, but i've never seen one attached close up before.....

next silly question then;

do you think you'd be able to fit 2 bikes on the roof of a panda, ie is it wide enough?!?
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I'd say you definatley could, depending on how the handlebars etc line up I guess one facing forwards and one backwards would be the likely solution.
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seems obvious now, but i've never seen one attached close up before.....

next silly question then;

do you think you'd be able to fit 2 bikes on the roof of a panda, ie is it wide enough?!?
If your thinking of fitting two bikes on your roof it might be worth getting the Thule Aero bars that go across the roof. These will give you a bit more room , width wise, than the fiat bars, as you can fit the bike racks right on the edge of the aero bars. Looking at the fiat bars the bike racks are fitted a little bit further inwards on the roof, so there is less room. But i am sure that you could fit one bike one way and the other bike the opposite way as hp_source suggested.

Another benefit on using the Thule bars is that if your a short arse like me its easier to reach the bike, as it will be right on the edge of the roof bars.
A few inches makes all the differance when your lifting bikes onto a roof.
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seems obvious now, but i've never seen one attached close up before.....

next silly question then;

do you think you'd be able to fit 2 bikes on the roof of a panda, ie is it wide enough?!?
Yep quite easily
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I have the fiat side-to-side bars and a Thule 591, been all over the country with it, no problems... get some funny looks, but hey!

Hello! I'm new here, so I don't know if I am replying in the correct way, so apologies if not. Can anyone tell me if the Thule bars fit in the boot please? I just wouldn't want them nicked when we're off riding. Thanks in advance for any advice.
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Hello! I'm new here, so I don't know if I am replying in the correct way, so apologies if not. Can anyone tell me if the Thule bars fit in the boot please? I just wouldn't want them nicked when we're off riding. Thanks in advance for any advice.
they lock on (usually have to buy a locking kit)
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The front clamp by the 'arm' has a lock built in, uses the same key as the lock on arm itself. I've never felt worried about leaving it on.

In fact I've now got in the habit of putting the bars/rack on when we have a night out, leave the car in the our favourite pub car park (about 15miles away), taxi home and ride back for it the next day, bike on top and drive home again, handy hangover cure!
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Re: bike roof racks

An oldish thread, but seeing that I have a bike that needs transporting, I hoped there would be a relevant thread plus I am sick of putting it into the back of the car...

So basically, on a 100HP with no side rails, the best bet is to get the OEM kit:

http://www.fiat-accessories.com/Fiat-Panda-Roof-Bars (I will shop around and see if I can get it cheaper)

And then get the Thule kit as above, code 591?

I take it there have no further updates or issues with this?

Oh, I will be carrying a Specialized Hybrid

How easy is it to get the bike on and off? Never really used one before...
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Re: bike roof racks

cant help with the panda bit but the 951 is simple to use best off doing a run with a friend to start with but


space the 2 wheel retainers out for your bike (marking where they sit on the ally channel can help at a later date should they move)


next lift the clamping arm up (you might have issues on some bikes if you have a bottle rack but this can be over come by moving the 2 wheel holders back or forward)


next slip the bike between the jaws and turn the big knob till its tight and the bike is central (give the bike a shake to check) you can often get it a bit tighter.........

lock the lock to stop it coming open

then put the 2 ratchet straps thru the spokes and pull tight

not much more to it than that


if you go for the Thule Free ride you might need to stand on the sill as its clamp is half way up the arm


the proride is ideal if your a short arse or have a high car...



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Re: bike roof racks

Ah, I do have a bottle holder on that cross frame... The Freeride seems to get around that issue. Then again, looking at the pic above, it seems to clamp quite low down.

I am just under 6 foot, but the Panda does seem high.

Any difference on the yearly models, seen this on a Ford Parts place:

http://www.fordsparts.co.uk/product-info/591car 63.70 delivered

So would it be advisable to pay more for a 2011 model?
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Re: bike roof racks

I'm 6 feet tall and drive a Panda Cross that is a bit taller than FWD models. I use a Thule 591 cycle carrier to transport a bike with a bottle cage and have no problems getting the bike up on the rack or locating the arm of the rack on the cycle's downtube.
I bought my carrier through a Ford dealer advertising on the internet and found the price to be very good.
I used Jennings Ford, the company running the website you have mentioned. They sent the carrier from their Stockton branch to the Sunderland branch which enabled me to avoid delivery charges. I paid 59 just over 2 months ago.
I don't think I would worry about the year of the model of cycle carrier.
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