What Car? Q&A - Who makes a Mini Cooper Convertible bike

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Q: I've fallen in love with the Mini Cooper Convertible, but I need to know if it can carry my bike. Do any companies make racks for it?
James Green, via e-mail


A: You're in luck - Mini makes its own bike rack for the convertible. The bad news is that it isn't cheap.

First, you'll need a 'rear rack system' (£380). Then you'll need the bike rack itself, which will cost you another £52.

That's not all, because the apparatus will obscure your Mini's tail-lights, so, to stay on the right side of the law, you'll also need a 'lights kit' (£64), and an 'electric kit' (£155) to wire them up.

In total, you'll be shelling out £650. If you went for the hatchback version, you'd get away with spending just £185 (£120 on a 'base support system' and £65 on a 'touring cycle holder').

Unfortunately, there's no towbar currently available for the Cooper Convertible, so that rules out a number of cheaper aftermarket bike racks which attach to a towbar.

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