Oxford Aluminum folding ramp, £99.99
Time tested: 11 month
What’s good? I have had the same VW pick-up now for 24 years for carting my bikes around when they need it. During this time I have also had a home-made ramp constructed from two pieces of scaffold plank and a pair of flat steel hinges. Just like Trigger’s broom it has had four new hinges and three new planks (apart from that it’s the original one!) Over the years I have always looked longingly at folding aluminium ramps, which compared to my plank are much more aesthetically pleasing. Made from lightweight aluminium it’s easy to cart around but still strong enough to take the weight of a bike up to the weight of 340kg (which caters for most bikes). I find sometimes when unloading bikes backwards off the pick-up it’s easy to stray off line a bit, this ramp is 11 inches wide so as long as you start wheeling backwards in the middle of the ramp there are a good few inches either side for deviating off course. I have an old Velocette and it is very low under the front of the engine, so it has a tendency to hit the underneath and beach itself as it’s pushed up the ramp, leaving the bike up in the air at arm’s length and not going anywhere. The Oxford ramp is seven feet long so it provides a nice slow incline and because the plastic-coated resting forks are much thinner than the rest of the ramp there is nothing to interfere with the underside of the bike, so no more beaching. It’s a well-made and well-designed bit of kit!
What’s not? Mind your fingers when you’re folding the ramp up - it can bite!
Quality rating: 5/5
Value rating: 4/5