Roof mounting bike carrier:
Atera GIRO AF+ aluminium bike carrier no. AR2220
The aluminium Atera GIRO AF+ features intelligently designed wheel supports to hold the bike in place during fitting, and to protect the wheels when travelling, as well as automatic shoulder-level single-handed tensioning and locking, leaving one hand to hold the bike steady. Clever stuff. It fits oval down tubes from 80mm to 100mm, and round tubes from 22mm to 80mm diameter.
Do you need roof bars as well? If so, please check out our superb package deals.
This smart aluminium carrier includes some really useful innovations, especially in the ease of use department. Ease (which means speed) of use is the big issue when you've already heaved your bike onto the roof. So what's so special?
All these adjustments are made at shoulder level (on the average car). When you come to take the bike off you'll loosen the wheel straps, unlock the control grip, twist it and pull it down until it clicks - all ready for when you put the bike back again. Believe us, there's no faster or neater system on the market.
Atera has a proud reputation to uphold as Germany's premier car rack systems manufacturer, making own branded gear for most of the German car companies as well as their own branded systems. Their testing regime is, as you can imagine, very extensive, and their quality is exceptional.
The GIRO AF+ has featured in numerous product tests over the years. 2011 tests include Germany's ADAC test which rated the GIRO AF+ in 2nd place behind the Thule ProRide 591, and Germany's auto magazine "Auto Strassenverkehr" test which put the GIRO AF ahead of the Thule carrier. Which one to go for is very much a matter of personal preference.
Exchange Scheme: Roof mounting bike carriers are part of our unique 90 day Exchange Scheme - see the tab for details. The bottom line is that if you aren't satisfied that the GIRO AF+ fits the bill you can exchange it for an alternative roof mount, or a tow bar bike rack.
This carrier is part of our "Pick and Mix programme", where there are discounts for multiple purchases of any carrier in the programme, and you can mix cheap and expensive. Change the quantities in your shopping basket (and press "Recalculate") to see what happens! It's priced as low as £65.95. Do you need roof bars as well? If so, check out our fixed price Package Deals - whichever locking roof bars you need for your car, (locks included where available), together with 2, 3 or 4 GIRO AFs, including identically numbered locks! Made in Germany.
This carrier is part of our "Pick and Mix programme", where there are discounts for multiple purchases of any carrier in the programme, and you can mix cheap and expensive. Change the quantities in your shopping basket (and press "Recalculate") to see what happens! It's priced as low as £65.95.
Do you need roof bars as well? If so, check out our fixed price Package Deals - whichever locking roof bars you need for your car, (locks included where available), together with 2, 3 or 4 GIRO AFs, including identically numbered locks! Made in Germany.
Made in Germany.
Technical specifications at a glance:
Fits roof bars up to: 32mm wide x 22mm deep
Fits aerobars: yes, adapters included for aero bars
Takes downtube dimensions: oval up to 80mm wide x 100mm deep, round 22-80mm diameter
Max load capacity: 17kg
Bar to carrier lock: yes
Carrier to bike lock: yes
Matching locks available: yes
Width: takes 24cm of roof bar space
Guarantee: 3 years
You can top-and-tail the bike carriers to take up less space on your roof bars.
The GIRO AF came out top in a recent product test in the "Auto Strassenverkehr" magazine. (1 = Excellent, 2 = Good, 3 = Satisfactory, 4 = Adequate, 5 = Not good enough, 6 = Failed. The lower the score, the better.)
It scored 1.5 for its concept and workmanship, 1.7 for fitting and use, 1.0 in the driving test, 1.8 in the crash test, with an overall score of 1.5.
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Delivery charges and arrangements:
We charge a contribution towards delivery costs, depending on what you order, where you live, and how quickly you want the goods.
For most UK addresses, the charge for our two to three day service is £5.50 (£9.50 for orders including a roof box) and our charge for Next Working Day deliveries is £8.50 (£12.50 for orders involving a roof box). AutoSock, shoe chains, RUD i-Sock, and small spare parts, are charged £3.95 (Royal Mail Tracked), £4.95 (Royal Mail Express Tracked) or £5.95 (express courier, usually Next Working Day).
There are different charges for any delivery including a sea crossing, and deliveries to Skye - we will contact you with a quote on receipt of order.
Orders for Next Working Day delivery need to be received by 4.00pm.
There are no deliveries on Saturdays, Sundays or Bank Holidays, except for postable items where Royal Mail has a Saturday delivery. Next Working Day orders placed on a Friday will be delivered on the Monday, Next Working Day orders placed on a Saturday will be delivered on the Tuesday.
We are very flexible with our deliveries and will aim to deliver on a day and at an address which suits you. Goods can usually be left without signature - we prefer this with roof boxes. There's a "Special Delivery Instructions" box in the checkout area where we'll ask you to choose a typical instruction and then amend it to suit your particular requirements.
No retailer or courier company can ever "guarantee" a Next Working Day delivery. All courier companies occasionally have the same transport problems as can happen to everyone else, including snow blocked roads, closed roads, traffic jams, mechanical breakdown, an inability to find the delivery address, or to gain access to it if, for example, it's in a block of flats. We work with some of the best couriers in the business, and overall they provide an outstanding service.
We take the following cards, and also PayPal. Please note that the entry on your card statement will be from "The Roof Box Company".
If you would prefer not to pay online, or to pay by cheque, please phone us to place your order.
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Deciding which bike carriers to buy is not always easy, especially as you may not have had experience of using bike carriers before. We hope that our buying guides provide useful guidance about which bike carrier 'strategy' will be most appropriate for your circumstances, as well as highlighting the best features of particular models. We also have troubleshooting FAQs - for example, some customers struggle at first to fit four bikes onto a tow ball carrier, and wonder whether a different carrier would allow the bikes to be spaced wider apart. (It won't, but we have some good tips which make bike fitting much easier.)
Our bike carriers Exchange Scheme covers roof mounting and tow ball mounting bike carriers only. Rear door mounting / strap on carriers are not included, and nor are roof bars. It allows you to exchange within 90 days of invoice date. Most exchanges are for roof mounting upgrades, or are tow ball carriers with very basic tilting systems being exchanged for easy to use sliding / tilting carriers.
These are the rules of the bike carriers Exchange Scheme:
This is how the exchange scheme works: