Ghosted view shows how Thule Easy Fold bike rack comes down to just 614 x 310 x 675mm, no bigger than a golf bag, when folded.

This, says Swedish accessory maker Thule, is the Next Big Thing in bicycle carriers. Well, maybe that should be the Next Small Thing, because the new Easy Fold two-bike rack simply folds up and disappears when you're not using it.

In just two steps it goes from a towbar-mounted platform rack to a compact bundle: fold up the 'arms' that support each wheel and also carry the tail light clusters, rotate the number-plate holder and you're good to go.

Unhook it from the towbar and sling it in a corner of the garage - or just leave it in the boot of the car, it's always ready when you need it. It's rated to carry 60kg, enough for even the toughest downhill racers; Thule says it is even being used in Europe to carry the increasingly popular battery-powered e-bikes.


You can even take it with you the next time you fly away to ride in a big race: take it to the airport, check it in as hold luggage (it weighs 16.9kg and measures 614 x 310 x 675mm, no bigger than a golf bag, when folded). Then pick it up at the other end along with your bike - just remember to ask for a hire car with a towbar!

The Easy Fold will be available from Thule stockists in South Africa from early in March at a recommended retail price of R8999.