A car bike rack is a piece of equipment that you can attach to your car to transport your bike. Car bike carriers can be attached to various places depending on the vehicle but the most common are the roof, rear trunk and tow ball.
As much as you’d probably love riding your bike everywhere, there are times when you’ll need to transport it to your destination. A bike carrier rack is a necessity for riders who take their bikes to races, distant mountain trails or on holiday. If you’re looking for a sturdy, dependable bike rack for car use, you’ve come to the right place.
As the name suggests the whole bike is able to travel on the roof of your car. The front wheel may or may not need to be removed and placed elsewhere in the car. It is important to note that this will add substantial height to clearance of your car and care must be taken when travelling under low clearance bridges and supports.
This type of carrier is ideal for small cars. As long as the vehicle possesses a tow bar and ball, it is very quick and easy to connect. Whilst this should not add any extra height to the car, care must now be taken when reversing instead!
This option comes with many adjustment settings allowing it to fit a large number of car makes and models. Whilst being one of the most economical carriers in terms of saving space, it may present some difficulties with poor rear view visibility.
Car bike racks generally are not “one-size-fits-all” products. It’s important to choose one that fits your vehicle and also meets your transportation requirements. A good way to begin your bike carrier selection process is by checking your vehicle’s owner’s manual. You should find important information such as the maximum allowable roof weight and payload limits — you don’t want to overburden your vehicle as this can cause a major safety issue. You’ll also have to consider whether you just need a rack that can accommodate bikes, or whether it must transport other items such as kayaks or skis.
It’s also a good idea to test the rack out, if possible, to ensure the bike fits properly, especially when purchasing boot or hitch racks. It never hurts to have a little extra space left after attaching or storing the bikes and to secure them with a rope or bungee cord as an additional safety precaution.
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It doesn’t matter if you’re mountain biking, road biking or leisure biking — the most important thing is getting out and enjoying yourself. Once you get into biking, you’ll want to take your bike everywhere. Safe, secure transport of your bike is essential, and it’s easy to find the car bike rack that suits every vehicle including: