I received a call the other day from Customer Services at Decathlon asking me to kindly return the "port-vélo" I had bought from them last year and if I did there would be an extra 15 Euros in it for my efforts. Seemed a bit strange to be offered cash just to bring back a defective product.
Turns out there is more to the story than a bad batch of "port-vélos". Decathlon has stopped selling all "port-vélos" that use the strap system to secure them to the back of vehicles. This, I am told, is due to some nasty accidents recently caused by the said faulty batch and also due to the bikes getting in the way of the brake and indicator lights. The later has prompted new legislation to be drafted and hence the decision by Decathlon to stop selling strap on "port - vélos". The only options available now to transport bikes are roof racks, tow bar attachments and bike trailers.
Now my 30 Euros strap on "port-vélo" worked just fine and given the width of my car I am sure the wheel spokes didnt obscure visibility sufficiently to warrant me now either installing a tow bar and then purchasing a bike trailer or buying expensive roof racks.
So having searched the Internet for some more information on this I have come up with nothing. Perhaps someone might shed some light on this for me? Has anyone heard of any new legislation about this? Can anyone recommend a good place to buy a strap on "port vélo" other than Decathlon?