Here's a tip on MINI bike racks from reader Chris Noble

“I never have found much helpful discussion on the topic of Mini roof racks (thanks for your assistance earlier), but there is a great solution now if any Mini owner is interested.  If you bought the Mini installed roof rack, the only choice until now was their upright bike rack.  Hard core cyclists prefer fork mount racks – more stable, quicker to get in/out, and they generally feature robust locking systems.  I think the Thule V2 is the best of the bunch, and now there is an adaptor kit for the fat Mini cross bars: Part numbers 82720304660, 82720304661, 82720304662 (front & rear adaptors + misc parts) – you need one of each for each rack. 

Now available for order through your Mini dealer.”

Thanks Chris for the info!