I'm surprised, Markmod. I drove to London and back with my bike on the roof and had to keep looking out of the window at the shadow to check it was actually there. I really didn't notice any difference in performance. Filling the car with passengers however slowed the little car down no end, but then, it is only small!Markmod1 said:I had bike on my roof rack tonight... Not a heavy mountain bike, or an ultralight carbon racer, just a standard classic steel Raleigh road bike and I can really tell it's up there. The car rolls much more on roundabouts/ corners with it's higher centre of hravity and it really dulls what acceleration the car does have. Going onto a motorway from a slip road the car had no get 'up!' and go... Foot hard to the floor in 4th and I still got flashed by a national bus joining the outside lane.
Watch the max weight up there too. It's 50 kg I believe (check this before you take my word for it) so no boats or real heavy items (3 mountain bikes etc)
Get your roof box but remember you will have to drive accordingly I expect. I can now understand why you cannot tow with an up. I expect even a micro trailer would seem a noose round an ups neck in day to day driving.