Car Bike Racks

Bike carriers come in many different varieties. You can attach a bike track to the either the roof, trunk or tow hitch of your vehicle, depending on the type you select.

Roof carriers can be attached either to your vehicle's existing roof rack, or with mounting feet and clips that will attach to your car's upper door frame. If you select a roof rack, you will have to decide on how you want to mount your bikes. You have two main options. Some racks use a fork-mount carrier that clamps onto your bike's front wheel fork. You have to remove the front wheel and store it elsewhere with this type of rack, but your bike may be easier to manage up on the roof than with upright mounts. Upright mounts hold the bike by the frame or pedal crank so you won't need to remove the front wheel, but you will need to reach up higher to put the bike on.

Hitch-mount racks come in different sizes to match your requirements. You will have options available based on the number of bikes you would like to carry and your vehicles hitch specifications. Some hitch racks secure the bikes in mounting trays, similar to the ones used with roof carriers. Others require you to strap the bikes to the carrier. If you select this option you will need to place your bikes on the carrier carefully to keep them from scratching each other.

Trunk carriers use straps that will attach the carrier frame to the trunk, hatchback or rear bumper of your car. Your bike will rest on support arms that hold the frame. These support arms will either be plastic coated or have padded cradles to protect your bike. You will need to tightly strap the carrier to your car and properly position the carrier frame and support arms before installing your bikes. You can typically carry two, and in some cases as many as three bikes on a trunk-mounted carrier. While these carriers are the least expensive option and can fit many vehicles, they do have a greater chance of damaging your vehicle or your bikes than other carrier options do.

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