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Atera STRADA Sport M 3 to 4 bike carrier no. AR2685

RRP: £487.50
Code: AR2685

Atera's STRADA Sport tilting carriers are designed to take bikes up to 30kg each - which means electric bikes - yet this 3 bike version is cleverly engineered to weigh only 17.9kg, making it relatively very easy to move around. It fits to all types of tow ball without any adjustment; you just place it on the tow ball and push down the handle - no tools are required. It tilts away from the vehicle so you can access the car boot. A 4th bike adapter is available. Note that the maximum permitted load for the 3 bike version is 60kg.

This superb rack from Atera is relatively compact and light yet the reinforced frame makes it suitable for carrying heavier and electric bikes (up to 30kg). The optional drive-up rail makes the loading particularly comfortable if you have heavy bikes.

If you don't have heavy bikes we recommend the STRADA DL - it's lighter and because the bikes slide away from the tailgate you can be sure that you'll get the tailgate fully open, and you'll have much better loading space.

We reckon that Atera's new STRADA tilting carriers are the best designed and best engineered tow ball carriers on the market, bar none. Apart from its all round style, what's so special about the STRADA Sport?

(1) It is extremely robust and is made from both steel and aluminium, this gives it the best of both worlds. The steel means the carrier reinforces where it need to be making it suitable for heavier bikes (up to 30kg each) yet the carrier only weighs 17.9kg so it is easily manoeuvrable.

(2) It fits to 'bolt on' or 'swan neck' tow balls without any adjustment; you just place it on the tow ball and push down the handle - no spanners or Allen keys are required.

(3) It tilts away from the vehicle allowing access to the tailgate.

(4) The bike frame holders are without a doubt the most sophisticated units available. They fit oval and other outsize frames as well as round ones, wrapping a strap right around the frame for safety and security. (This looks like a simple plastic strap, but it is in fact 'sandwiched' around a spring steel core.) With swivel joints at both ends, and a slight curve in the aluminium support rod to increase the opportunities available, we haven't yet come across any combination of bike sizes and styles that can't easily be locked into place using the same key which locks the whole unit to the tow ball.

It makes sense when using this carrier to place a safety strap around all the bikes and the bike holder support frame. We're therefore providing a free strap with each carrier - one strap per carrier! As well as providing peace of mind the strap will also help to minimise vibration.

Technical and miscellaneous:

  • Weight of carrier: 17.9kg
  • Maximum payload: 60kg
  • Approximate dimensions when folded: 1000 x 200 x 720 mm
  • The wheels are held in place with quick fit polypropylene straps which accommodate tyres up to 2.4" - 2.6" (dependent on rim height). Longer straps are available for tyres up to 4" - listed below.
  • The STRADA has five function rear lights so it is fitted with a 13 pin plug for 13 pin continental type electric sockets. If you have a 7 pin socket you will need the Lighting adapter '13 pin' (rack) to 7 pin (car) listed below. If you need one of these remember to tick the box below to add this to your order. (If you have a 7 pin socket the reversing light and fog light will not work. The 7 pin socket isn't wired for these functions).

Note for vehicles with a rear mounted spare wheel: You may not be able to fit the STRADA onto vehicles with a rear mounted spare wheel: in our experience you almost always have to remove the spare wheel. This could be (1) to get the bike carrier onto the vehicle (the upright may hit the spare wheel), (2) to get the bikes to fit on the carrier (the handlebars etc could hit the spare wheel) or (3) take the carrier off the tow bar after use (the handle to remove it could clash with the spare wheel).

You'll need a lighting adapter if your vehicle has a standard UK style 7 pin socket - buy a STRADA from us this season and we'll give you this for free, saving up to £20 at typical prices!

Made in Germany.

ATERA STRADA SPORT bike carrier - Overview

4.74.7 based on 39 reviews

3 to 4 bikes - Atera STRADA Sport M3 Reviews

- Vehicle type: 4x4
Iím REALLY pleased with my Atera (3-bike) rack which has been used numerous times since I bought it earlier this year (at least twice per week). It has received positive comments from friends who say itís attractive, ingenious, robust and looks a quality piece of kit. Itís extremely well made and designed and, after the first few times of fitting to the towball itís easy to set up. The online tutorials are well worth watching (twice in my case!) as they made fitting so much easier than simply following the paper diagrams/instructions. Sussing out how to open up the hitch is the secret, which I did in front of the computer in the house! The rack is a quality product that is well built, looks good, is extremely strong, durable and works well. Fitting the bikes to the rack is straightforward; the longest ďarmĒ is rather cunningly slightly bent and can be twisted around to aid attaching to the third bike - someone who understands the problems of fitting more than two bikes on a rack has really thought this out. There is even a handy sleeve to fit the electrics plug into so it doesnít dangle when stored or being moved (I wish my trailer had one). I also like the large lighting cluster. Tilting the rack to access the car boot is straightforward too. On the downside the carrier is weighty but IT NEEDS TO BE - itís heavy duty and designed to carry three heavy electric bikes. My wife manages to lift and fit it onto the towball O.K. Itís good value for the money too; presumably it could be made with lighter materials but would it be as strong? And if it was it would cost a small fortune like its competitors. In conclusion I can unreservedly recommend the ATERA Bike Carrier and it wonít bust the bank!<
- Vehicle type: Van
We needed a bike rack for 4 bikes and this one does the job perfectly. It is a 3 bike rack but you can get an additional bike accessory which just bolts on and is very secure. The bike rack itself is easy to fit and once you have the hang of it you can attach the rack and place bikes on it within minutes. Each arm that secures the bikes has its own lock and the wheels are strapped in place using a ratchet style fitting which is so easy to use. We love this rack and we have travelled many miles with no problems at all. We also had great customer service from The Roofbox Company too, what more could you ask.
- Vehicle type: Estate
Excellent tow bar bike rack. Easy to use and easy to lift on and off the car. Simple to drop so you can open the boot - highly recommend.
- Vehicle type: 4x4
Bought the bike rack to take 4 bikes round France for two weeks. Absolutely brilliant. No problems. A bit tricky to get it on the tow bar at first but once you've got the knack it's OK.
- Vehicle type: Estate
Great quality built product. Have now used it about 5 times in last six months. Used with 3 bikes and it's been a easy & secure every time. It's not light so does need a little muscle to get it on the tow bar but it's built to last. Good lock system ensure both bikes and carrier is safe even when away from the car. Well worth the money and expect to use it for years!!!'
- Vehicle type: Estate
Very well made, I was extremely impressed by ever aspect of this product
- Vehicle type: Estate
Very good product. Took 1 ebike and 2 full suspension mountain bikes on holiday. The bikes were on and off the rack for rides and security at night. Likes, ease of mounting and general use. The tilt facility to get into the back of the car is more useful than you might think. If I was being picky, the straps that hold the wheels in place get in the way when lifting the bikes on to the rack as they are stiff and tend to lie on the channel. Once set up with the arms in position it is a quick operation for loading and unloading. The only extra things I needed were some pipe insulation pieces to avoid bikes rubbing on each other due to their design. So much better than mounting on the tailgate as before with the old rack and I did not have to worry about the bikes moving while in transit. The straps are very secure and easy to tighten properly, important for a heavy ebike. You can lock the rack to the towbar and the bikes to the rack but additional security would be sensible as someone could conceivably cut through the straps on the arms. The equivalent products by other manufacturers are more expensive but no better made, in my opinion. I have a set of roof bars by Atera and the quality of manufacture is very good for both products.
- Vehicle type: 4x4
I bought the Strada having studied all the alternatives available both higher and lower in price. This 3 rack bike carries the load securely and without fuss. The construction of the equipment makes it easy to operate, attach and store in or out of the car. I would buy the same again without hesitation
- Vehicle type: 4x4
Very useful piece of kit
- Vehicle type: 4x4
Excellent bike carrier and very easy to use. Great build quality
- Vehicle type: Estate
This is a very good product and as others has said itís easy to attach to the tow ball, and once attached itís very steady, On a down side the additional rail for the fourth bike is very expensive for what it is, also the nylon / plastic stud to hang the cycle rack on the is very expensive to, nearly £100 extra , But that said the rack does what it does and very well, but itís early days yet, next year 2018 will put it to the test as my two sons are now enjoying being on their bikes at clumber Park & sherwood pines
- Vehicle type: 4x4
I found the bike rack easy to use however it is quite heavy to lift on the car. The build quality is good , the only slight criticism is I found it difficult to mout the car registration plate and the accompanying instructions leaflet poor. But no criticism about the rest of the features of the rack and the delivery from the roof box company prompt and very good.
- Vehicle type: 4x4
A great bike rack, which we have used numerous times. Easy to use. Have recommended to friends.
- Vehicle type: 4x4
Very good quality and easy to use. Well designed ensuring the bicycles are secure when in transit. I also brought the modification to add a rail for a fourth bicycle, again it was well thought out and easy to fit. The only criticism is that its relatively heavy.
- Vehicle type: MPV
Needs to be heavy to be robust enough but sometimes it is difficult to get onto and off the tow bar not just because of weight but getting the angle right to hook up. However once on it is a brilliant piece of kit.
- Vehicle type: MPV
I wanted a cycle rack to enable me to carry my wife's electric bike which weighs around 21kgs with the battery out, this cycle rack does it with ease. It's a very strong robust piece of kit very versatile and easy to use, and is actually excellent value for money, the instructions/pictures are also easy to follow, highly recommended. Ian.
- Vehicle type: 4x4
It is a great product, easy to operate, I like the fact I can still get into my boot with all the bikes still on the rack, really handy when going away with all the family and dog. Can't fault the rack.
- Vehicle type: 4x4
Fabulous product. Beautifully made. I don't use it that often so sometimes I have to remind myself how to get it on and off, but once I do it's a joy to use. Attaching the bikes (two adults and two kids) is an absolute doddle. The rack is really secure, on the towbar and holding the bikes. Superb piece of kit.
- Vehicle type: Estate
Great piece of kit. Had 2 ebikes plus 1 other on the carrier without any trouble. Easy to load and stable when in transit. There's a knack for putting the carrier on & off the car but there is a good photo crib-sheet showing the process. Being able to lock the carrier on the car and lock the bikes on the carrier makes for great security. Could be improved by having a mechanism for holding wheel straps out of the way when loading the bike (cable clips are a temporary option). A friend researched several other options but bought the identical model when she saw mine in use! The Roof Box company were extremely knowledgable & helpful & delivered as promised
- Vehicle type: 4x4
A quality product which is quick and easy to use and the tilt mechanism is invaluable for a car with a tailgate/hatch. Particularly useful is the fact that it folds flat and is narrow enough to simply unhitch and slide into the back of the car (I have a Q5). This makes the car easier for parking, does not take up too much boot space and stops it being in the way if not needing to carry bikes for a couple of days whilst away. A bag to slide it into would be a bonus -- but not included with the rack I bought. The trade-off for lightness and manoeuvrability is that some fixings are relatively lightweight in materials and I wonder whether they will all stand up to repeated, long term use. However, no sign of any such problems as yet and very pleased with the product.
- Vehicle type: Estate
Fairly strong and sturdy. A little on the heavy side, but not too unwieldy. My tow ball to bumper measurement was the same as the minimum clearance listed (60mm? but this spec. seems to have been removed from wherever I saw it) so I was a little concerned I'd end up scratching the bumper lots. There is actually a reasonable amount of room to manoeuvre the carrier into place, but it's probably still worth using a towel/rug/rubber mat as bumper protection the first couple of times you try attaching the carrier, just in case. The Atera instructions are appalling, but Roofbox helpfully include an extra sheet with more useful pictures and words. Even with this it took several goes to get used to it. (The bit I missed was to *not* push in the grey trigger on the clamping handle when you're initially hooking the carrier onto the tow ball.) However, once you know what you're doing it's a matter of seconds to attach the carrier to the car. Attaching bikes to carrier is also simple. Allow a bit of time (and maybe a spare person to slide wheel clamps into position while you hold the bike in place) on first use but once setup (assuming you always carry the same bikes in the same order) loading is a piece of cake. It takes less time to fit the removable tow bar, fit the carrier to the car, and put a bike on the carrier than it used to take to attach the strap-based rear carrier I used to use and secure a bike to it. With the bike supported by the frame and each wheel clamped, everything is rock-solid and stable when driving. Kept a close eye for the first couple of trips, but didn't spot any movement of either bike or carrier. The arms that hold the frame of each bike in place are removable, so you can leave unused ones in the garage out of the way if you're not taking 3 bikes. This is handy, but it does mean that the bike-locks-to-carrier feature is only a very minor deterrent -- It's only a thumbscrew to remove the arm from the carrier, at which point a thief can make off with the bike and remove the arm later. It's easy to D-Lock the first bike to the carrier frame then second/third bikes to the first, and as you're probably taking your locks along with your bikes anyway this shouldn't really be an issue. Finish quality is good, with lots of scope for adjusting bits and pieces to get a good fit and little touches like the clip to hold the lighting plug making life just that little bit easier. Overall, really happy. I used to dread setting up my old strap-based rear carrier, and would only use it when I absolutely had to. Whilst admittedly noticeably more expensive, the Atera Sport makes life so much simpler I'll happily sling it on the back and take a bike just in case I need it. Much easier to fit, much easier to load, and much more stable and secure while driving.
- Vehicle type: Estate
I bought this bike rack just over a year ago. I was pleased with it straight away. The bikes were held securely and didn't stick out beyond the vehicle. It is really simple to fit and to get the bikes secured. One major advantage is that you can access the boot even with the bikes attached by tilting them out of the way. The storage hanger is a must so that the rack is also kept out of the way in the garage. Would and have recommended this rack to friends and family.
- Vehicle type: MPV
Brilliant product - great build quality and easy to use. The bikes are held securely and at an easy height for loading and unloading.
- Vehicle type: Hatchback
Sturdy rack that does the job well. Little bit fiddly till you get the hang of it. Instruction leaflet somewhat frustrating as it's all pictures with no text, but Roof Box staff very helpful and knowledgeable and once you know what the pictures are telling you (by experience of using it!), then it all makes good sense. Tilt facility very handy and easy to use (again once you have managed to interpret the instruction leaflet). Need to consider the logistics of which bike goes where in relation to rack-retaining arm length and which fits over the bike's crossbar, under the crossbar etc, so allow a bit of extra time for first time use or if transporting different bikes. Three-bike rack is fairly heavy so bear this in mind when deciding, e.g. if you have a bad back. I have no reservation about recommending this rack
- Vehicle type: 4x4
The rack is sturdy and locks solidly on the towbar. The bikes go on easily and are firmly secured giving you peace of mind that they are going to stay put. Being able to tilt the rack back to open the rear door is so useful. The only downsides are that it's a bit heavy and the locking click device for securing in to the towbar is a bit temperamental on mine but I would still thoroughly recommend it.
- Vehicle type: 4x4
The build quality is reasonable but I am disappointed overall in the stability of the carrier when fully loaded
- Vehicle type: 4x4
Can be difficult to secure unisex bikes with no crossbar. Articulated arms would be helpful
- Vehicle type: 4x4
Amazing excellent fantastic
- Vehicle type: 4x4
Fantastic piece of kit! Easy to use and easy to store in the garage when not in use. Never any doubt that the bikes are secure and also allows simple access to the boot area with the tilt mechanism. Couldn't recommend more highly, this is the carrier you need for four big bikes!
- Vehicle type: MPV
Looked at various tow bar mounted bike racks read the reviews and decided this was the one from lifting it off the garage wall to loading 3 bikes and ready for the off 10 minutes the ease of use and being able to access the hatch back even when the bikes are on brill may not be the cheapest but definitely the best, rack and all bikes secured with the use of one key. Service from roofbox company ist class
- Vehicle type: Estate
The Atera Strada Sport M bike carrier is fantastic. I am in my late sixties and struggled with the previous carrier that I owned. This one is simplicity itself. It is quite heavy because it is so robustly built but it is so easy to fit on the tow ball. The mechanism for clamping the bikes on is superb - simple and easily done with one hand while steadying the bike with the other - something that was impossible with my previous carrier. I like the fact that you can lock the carrier on the tow ball and lock the bikes on the carrier. The removable ramp that I purchased to use with this carrier when loading my electric bike is also excellent. I am looking forward to taking my bikes where I want for many years to come now!
- Vehicle type: Hatchback
Love it. I bought the extra bracket for a 4th bike. It took me a little while to put it on but I know it will be solid. A very simple to use bike rack. I wish I had bought one of these years ago!
- Vehicle type: 4x4
Was going to buy a Thule but changed my mind after reading report in Auto express. Great choice - brilliant, easy to use, solid. I love it. Had great service too.
- Vehicle type: Estate
I have owned a number of different cycle carriers over the years. From the strap on, to roof rack mounted through to tow bracket bolt on mounted. This is by far the best made and simplest to use. Have gone for the 4th bike adaptor. We'll made and simple to add. The carrier fits onto the tow bar very easily. Am very happy with it. Just wish I had bought one of these carriers years ago. Comes with integrated lights, twin fogs. Superb product. Product was not immediately available, I had to wait a couple of weeks. Roof box kept me informed throughout, even offered an equivalent product foc for the 2 weeks I had to wait. Super feedback. Would highly recommend this company. Absolutely no connection, just a happy customer.
- Vehicle type: MPV
Great service Great product 10 our of 10
- Vehicle type: 4x4
Absolutely great bit of kit. The most difficult part was lifting it out of the box and attaching the 4th bike carrier. Make sure you get the nuts on the right way round. Being a bloke I decided not to read the instructions and it took me twice as long as it should have. The carrier is excellent quality and is very sturdy when mounted on the tow ball. I will definitely recommend.
- Vehicle type: Saloon
Bought this with some uncertainty as first bike rack other than with straps. Although heavy and bit unwieldy it slotted onto towball easily and provided a reassuring fit. Have since used it on around a dozen or so occasions, with drives up to 400 miles at a time. No problems encountered. I have carried an electric bike (20kg) plus two mountain bikes on a number of occasions without a problem. Two things to mention. First it didn't come with reversing lights which didn't matter much to me as I have old electrical connection. Second, although the light clusters are adjustable for width of car / bikes, the screw adjusters are fiddly and can easily slide out of sight along the track. The 'nut' is still there somewhere on the track though!
- Vehicle type: 4x4
Spot on for me. Easily locks on to tow ball although not light to lift but bought it for its strength. Carries an electric bike plus two fulnsize with ease. Bikes can be locked and takes seconds to lift bikes on or off. Highly recommend.
- Vehicle type: 4x4
Excellent piece of kit: It was recommended to me by a friend who canvased much opinion from friends & aquiantences in his cycle club. Key feature for us is ease of use and wieght: My partner is not particularly big / strong, and she can fit it to the towbar without help. Ability to open the tailgate with the rack fully loaded with bikes is also a boon. My last rack was a Halfords hook-on job, which was OK but takes ages to fit & load-up. Once it was loaded you couldn't open the boot / tailgate, so this rack scores very highly on ease & speed of use. Other plus point is security, as everything is locked in place with a key.

About our reviews:

We test, and often use personally, almost all the products we sell, and we stand behind our comments and recommendations unless customers convince us they need changing. Our Customer Services and Workshop staff also have input into our recommendations.

But it's because we've learned a lot over many years that customer feedback is so important. Fresh, first time out opinions are the most useful ones, and in any event we certainly don't have access to the full range of vehicles that our customers have between them.

Product feedback from existing customers helps our new customers make choices, and also helps our suppliers with their product development.

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Some reviews are suitable for multiple products. Where appropriate we may, for example, use the same review for a number of different roof bar products where the only difference is the length of the roof bar.

Technical specifications at a glance:

Max number of bikes: 3 (4 with adapter 2624; shown below)

Takes electric bikes:Yes, up to two

Fits bolt on tow ball: yes

Fits swan neck / detachable tow ball: yes

Dimensions: 100cm (width) x 72cm (depth) x 20cm (height)

Weight: 17.9kg (20.1kg with the 4th bike adapter)

Max load capacity: 60kg (68kg with 4th bike adapter)*

Max weight per bike: 30kg

Max wheelbase: 120cm

Distance between bikes: 18cm

Tilting: yes

Integral lighting board: yes

Lighting board plug type: 13 pin (7 pin adapter available if required; shown below)

Bike carrier to tow ball lock: yes

Bike carrier to bike lock: yes

Possible to tow when in use: no

Fits with a spare wheel: no

Guarantee: 3 years

Useful information:

*The maximum permitted load you can carry is also determined by your nose weight; you will need to check you donít exceed this before using any tow ball mounted bike carrier.

We offer our existing customers a full "Next Day if possible" spares service, and will cannibalise new stock as required to find you the parts you need.

To find the spare parts you need, please see the diagram below, identify the product codes, then choose them from the list below. If you need more than 1 of any item, change the quantities in the Shopping Basket.

Atera STRADA Sport spare parts

Item: Description: Our price (each): RRP:
Atera spares: 022 612 - Atera Strada light unit surround L/H/S £8.95
Atera spares: 022 613 - Atera Strada light unit surround R/H/S £8.95
Atera spares: 022 614 - Atera Strada complete LHS light unit (Jokon) £32.95
Atera spares: 022 615 - Atera Strada complete RHS light unit (Jokon) £32.95
Atera spares: 022 616 - Atera Strada LHS light cover (Jokon) £25.95
Atera spares: 022 626 - Atera Strada complete LHS light unit (Delta) £32.95
Atera spares: 022 627 - Atera Strada complete RHS light unit (Delta) £32.95
Atera spares: 022 628 - Atera Strada LHS light cover (Delta) £25.95
Atera spares: 022 629 - Atera Strada RHS light cover (Delta) £25.95
Atera spares: 022 630 - Atera Strada new style 1st bike arm, NO LOCK, (shortest, 30mm alu tube) £23.00
Atera spares: 022 631 - Atera Strada new style 2nd bike arm, NO LOCK, (172mm alu tube) £24.95
Atera spares: 022 632 - Atera Strada new style 3rd bike arm, NO LOCK, (400mm alu tube) £29.95
Atera spares: 022 633 - Atera Strada/Linea/Genio Pro bike adapter arm (bike to bike), no lock, NEW STYLE £24.95
Atera spares (small): 087 750 - ATERA screw M6x12 £0.85
Atera spares (small): 087 764 - Atera bolt from STRADA - 40mm Dome Head M6 bolt £0.35
Atera spares (small): 087 852 - Atera 6mm Nut £0.45
Atera spares (small): 087 866 - M6 washer £0.25
Atera spares: 087 886 - Atera washer - 11mm (7mm centre) £0.75
Atera spares (small): 087573 - M6 cylindrical nut £0.85
Atera spares (small): 087872 - Atera number plate washer £0.25
Atera spares (small): 092 296 / 9919700038 - Atera Linea/Strada, rubber cushion for ratchet strap £1.30
Atera spares (small): 092 440 - Giro/Strada Plastic Screw Housing £0.95
Atera spares (small): 092 441 - Atera wheel tray end cap £2.00
Atera spares: 092 510 - Atera plastic handle (no lock) £2.80
Atera spares: 092 544 - Atera Strada full light set inc. wiring & socket (Jokon) £79.95
Atera spares (small): 092 728 - Atera plastic spacer for upright fixing bolt on Strada £2.20
Atera spares (small): 092 799 - Atera tyre cradle wing nut (M8 17mm thread bolt) £0.70
Atera spares: 092 903 - Atera Strada number plate holder (991870064200) £5.95
Atera spares: 092 943 - Atera Strada full light set inc. wiring and socket (Delta) £79.95
Atera spares (small): 093 236 - ATERA STRADA bike adapter washer (x1) £0.25
Atera spares (small): 093 413 - Atera Strada/Linea Arm pin £0.40
Atera spares (small): 093 454 - Atera tyre cradle restraining nut £1.50
Atera spares (small): 093 983 - Atera Strada bike adapter bolt £0.40
Atera spares (small): 094 300 / 9918700868 - Atera STRADA/GIRO 350mm (XL size) wheel strap / arm ratchet strap (x 1) for fat tyres up to 4" £7.95
Atera spares (small): 094 314 - Atera Strada 300mm (plus size) single wheel ratchet strap for semi-fat tyres £5.50
Atera spares: 094 317 - Atera bike carrier wheel restraint with 250mm strap, ratchet style, right hand side £12.00
Atera spares: 094 318 - Atera bike carrier wheel restraint with 250mm strap, ratchet style, left hand side £12.00
Atera spares: 094 323 - Atera bike carrier wheel restraint with 300mm strap, ratchet style, right hand side (0969994323) £13.95
Atera spares: 094 324 - Atera bike carrier wheel restraint with 300mm strap, ratchet style, left hand side (0969994324) £13.95
Atera spares (small): 095 071 - Atera STRADA alu. bar from below number plate holder £7.95
Atera spares (small): 095 112 - Atera Strada bike adapter fixing plate (left hand) £9.95
Atera spares: 095 120 - Atera Strada 4th bike adapter Black nut £0.75
Atera spares: 095 130 - Atera 3rd/4th bike carrier wheel tray for Strada £30.00
Atera spares: 095 136 - Large washer for light surround £0.25
Atera spares: 095 266 - Atera Number Plate Fixing Bolts £0.75
Atera spares (small): 095 751 - Atera Strada bike adapter fixing plate (right hand) £9.95
Atera spares (small): 095108 - Atera LHS Light Unit Bracket £4.20
Atera spares (small): 095109 - Atera RHS Light Unit Bracket £4.20
Atera spares: 098 461 - Atera bike carrier wheel restraint for extra bike adapter £13.50
Atera spares: 098 462 - Atera bike carrier wheel restraint for extra bike adapter £13.50
Atera spares: 099 763 - Atera bike carrier wheel restraint £12.00
Atera spares (small): Atera GIRO/STRADA/NOVA - single lock barrel £4.95
Spares Spare keys - charge for 1 key (brand & barrel number TBA) £7.50

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:

  • You are allowed one exchange only.
  • The original equipment must be in "as new" condition, subject only to fair wear and tear.
  • The replacement items must be different models from the originals.
  • The replacement items must not be part of a package deal or be from our Bargains section.
  • Roof bars are never part of the Exchange Scheme.

This is how the exchange scheme works:

  • We charge in full for the replacement items, including the appropriate carriage charge and a charge for any packaging needed for the return of the originals.
  • We pay the return carriage costs.
  • When the originals arrive back here we refund you for their invoice value, but you won't get back more than the invoice value of the replacements. In other words, if the replacements are cheaper than the originals we won't be giving you "extra cash back".

Please note: we can only collect items from mainland UK.

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.

These are our standard charges; there are usually surcharges for all offshore destinations and some remote postcodes, especially for Very Heavy Items (defined below):

    Orders involving a roof box, and Very Heavy Items

    • Standard delivery (3 to 5 working days) = £14.50
    • Express delivery (1 to 3 working days) and Very Heavy Items = £19.50

    AutoSock, and items which are small enough to be posted, e.g. small spare parts

    • Standard delivery (3 to 5 working days) = £4.95
    • Express delivery (1 to 3 working days) = £6.95

    All other products

    • Standard delivery (3 to 5 working days) = £6.50
    • Express delivery (1 to 3 working days) = £9.50

All orders for Express delivery need to be received by 1pm.

    Very Heavy Items

    Roof tents and some other items that are very heavy or unusually large are, for safer and more careful handling, best carried by two people.

    Very Heavy Items are delivered via the ArrowXL 2-person delivery service. All other products that are part of the same order will usually also be delivered by ArrowXL, at the same time as the Very Heavy Item.

    Please note that deliveries from ArrowXL need to be signed for, e.g. by a neighbour if you are not at home, or you can have the goods delivered to a different address.

    There is a £25 surcharge for Very Heavy Item deliveries to the Grampian area, Scottish Highlands, any GB delivery including a sea crossing, and Northern Ireland. There is a £50 surcharge for Very Heavy Item deliveries to the Isle of Man, the Channel Islands and the Republic of Ireland. Deliveries to all these places will take longer than normal, sometimes much longer - delivery timings are indicated in the Shopping Basket.

When will my order arrive?
There are no deliveries on Saturdays, Sundays or Bank Holidays, except for postable items where Royal Mail has a Saturday delivery. Express Delivery orders placed on a Friday (before 1pm) should be delivered on the Monday or Tuesday, Express Delivery orders placed on a Saturday or Sunday should be delivered on the Tuesday or Wednesday. The arrangements for Very Heavy Items are different and are shown above.

What about Next Working Day delivery?
We have offered a reliable Next Working Day service for well over 20 years but, due to the pressure on the couriers caused by the coronavirus crisis and the huge increase in online shopping, we can no longer be confident about the delivery date, which is why we now call the service ĎExpress deliveryí. Most Express delivery orders will arrive on the next or second working day, but some will arrive on the second or third working day, or be split between these days. So-called ďsplit deliveriesĒ happen when the couriers do not have enough trailer space for everything that should be moved around the UK, so they will load what they can and leave the rest for the next trailer.

Is my delivery day guaranteed?
No retailer or courier company can ever "guarantee" a Next Working Day delivery. As well as split deliveries, 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.

Do I need to be at home?
We are very flexible with our deliveries and will aim to deliver to an address which suits you Ė this does not need to be your home address. 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.

Payment options:

We take the following cards, and also PayPal. Please note that the entry on your card statement will be from "The Roof Box Company".

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Bike carriers with 7 pin plugs

Wheel support bike carriers which are supplied with 7 pin plugs usually only include rear lights, brake lights and indicator lights, which is why they are often called Ď3 function lightsí.

Unusually, Thule bike carriers with 7 pin plugs also include a fog light; this works when plugged into 7 pin electrics, but it does not work when plugged into 13 pin electrics via an adapter.

Bike carriers with 13 pin plugs

Bike carriers which are supplied with 13 pin plugs include a fog light and reversing light, as well as rear lights, brake lights and indicator lights Ė which is why they are often called Ď5 function lightsí.

If these are plugged into 13 pin electrics then all 5 functions will work.

If they are plugged into 7 pin electrics via an adapter then the fog light should work, but the reversing light on the bike carrier will not work.

Please note

These notes assume that your tow bar electrics have been wired correctly!

Tow bar wiring in the digital age is much more complicated than it used to be when everything was analogue. Our experience is that if you are having lighting problems, e.g. a fog light does not work in 7 pin tow bar electrics, the problem is much more likely to be caused by the wiring, not by a dud bulb in the bike carrier.

Fitting PDFs
Atera STRADA SPORT - How to fit to the tow ball

Add to Your Order Untick if not required:
Item: Description: Our price (each): RRP:
Tow bar bike carrier: £369.95 (rrp. £465.00)
Special offers:
Free lighting adapter: £0.00 (rrp. £20.00)
Free FASTY strap: £0.00 (rrp. £2.50)
FASTY promotion: £3.50 (rrp. £7.00)
Bike carrier adapter: £75.00 (rrp. £95.00)
Bike carrier accessory: £29.95 (rrp. £40.00)
Bike carrier accessory: £44.95 (rrp. £60.00)
Bike carrier accessory: £22.95 (rrp. )
Bike carrier accessory: £15.90 (rrp. )
Bike carrier accessory: £11.00 (rrp. )
Bike carrier accessory: £7.95 (rrp. £9.00)
Bike storage and maintenance:
Wall storage rack: £24.95 (rrp. £40.00)
Bike servicing stand: £49.95 (rrp. £65.00)
Wall storage rack: £53.95 (rrp. £59.00)

All our prices include VAT at 20% Total: £369.95
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