As much as you’d probably love to ride your bike everywhere, there are times when you’ll need to transport it to your destination. A Car Bike Rack or carrier is a necessity for riders who take their bikes on holiday, or transport bikes to rides, races and distant trails.To help you find which car bike rack or carrier is most suitable for you, more information is listed below.
It doesn’t matter if you’re into mountain, road or leisure biking, the most important thing is getting out and enjoying yourself. Once you get into cycling, you’ll want to take your bike everywhere.Safe, secure transport of your bike is essential and with BikeExchange it’s easy to find a sturdy, dependable car bike rack to suit your vehicle.
Car bike racks generally are not a “one-size-fits-all” product. It’s important to choose an option that both fits your vehicle and meets your transportation requirements. A good way to begin your bike rack 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 major safety issues. It’s also important to consider whether you just need a rack that can accommodate bikes, or whether it must transport additional items such as kayaks or skis.
If possible, it’s also a good idea to test the rack out to ensure the bike fits properly, especially when purchasing boot or hitch bike racks. As an additional safety precaution, 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. Car bike racks come in the following configurations:
Tow Ball and Hitch carriers are ideal for the large majority of vehicles. As long as the vehicle possesses a tow hitch or tow ball, it’s quick and easy to connect the carrier to your car. Whilst these racks should not add any extra height to your vehicle, it will add length and consideration should be given when parking and reversing.
Spare Tyre Racks and Car Boot Mounted Bike Racks come with many adjustment settings, allowing them to fit a large number of car makes and models with or without rear mounted spare tyre. Whilst being economical carriers in terms of space saving, both carriers may offer some difficulties with poor rear view visibility.
If your car doesn’t have roof racks, tow hitch, tow ball or a spare tyre, the Car Boot Mounted rack is likely for you.
Car Roof Bike Racks allow the whole bike to be mounted on the roof of your car. Depending on the rack, the front wheel of your bike may need to be removed and placed elsewhere in the car. It is important to note that a Rooftop Car Bike Rack will add substantial height to your car and care must be taken when travelling under low clearance bridges, supports and car parks. As a positive, unlike most tow hitch or boot racks, roof racks are kept locked to the car and ready for use.