Roof Bars Tested Kirkby-in-Furness

When your car is just too small for your luggage or hobby, the only way to go is up – with a box or carrier on the roof. But whether you’re attaching a huge roof box or a simple cycle mount or ski holder, you will need to fix a set or bars to your car.

K & A Todd
01229 716201
Station Road Garage
Broughton In Furness

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W Milligan & Sons
01229 770199
King Street
Millom

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Cumberland Garage
01229 772626
Newton Street
Millom

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Myers G & A
01229 586125
Morecambe Road Garage
Ulverston

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Newland Garage
01229 582142
Ulverston

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Dalton Motors
01229 466369
Ireleth Road
Askam In Furness

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Central Garage
01229 582077
Ulverston

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Whartons Garage Ltd
01229 773771
1 Duke Street
Millom

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Athersmith Motor Services
01229 585288
Lightburn Road
Ulverston

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Park Road Garage
01229 583486
Park Road
Ulverston

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Roof Bars Tested

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When your car is just too small for your luggage or hobby, the only way to go is up – with a box or carrier on the roof. But whether you’re attaching a huge roof box or a simple cycle mount or ski holder, you will need to fix a set or bars to your car.
Designs have evolved to match the styling of modern vehicles, and there are solutions for most makes and models. Easiest are those designed to fit on to the roof rails or T-tracks found on many estate cars and 4x4s, while others clamp into the gutter or around door openings.

Increasingly popular are bars which clip into fixpoints built into the vehicle. These combine the ease of roof rails with perfect alignment every time they are fitted – and we test them here, too.

So, which is the best bar none? We bolted on 10 sets to find out.

The test
Top of our checklist was ease of use – for most drivers, these bars will be fitted only when they are needed, rather than attached permanently. So we looked for good instructions and simple assembly, plus quick fitting to and removing from a 2000 Skoda Fabia. We road tested each set, driving up to the legal limit to rate noise.

Security was also a factor. Price was taken into account, but it’s a minor issue in this test as these are long-term investments and can often be transferred from one car to another.

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Roof bars tested