Fitting bike rack to car, a simple guide
Those with large SUVs or a Truck, moving a bike in the cabin can be simple, enabling you to enjoy a bike ride.
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Even so if your vehicle has enough space, it will definitely lower your ability to carry passengers and on the return trip, it could mean your dirty muddy bike tyres dirty the interior. Making a bike rack become very useful to you.
Of course, for smaller cars , a bike rack is needed and the only way to carry your bike.
Three main types of bike rack, each of which are good in there own way. These are the boot-mounted, roof-mounted and tow-bar (or hitch) mounted racks.
Boot mounted rack
- Be sure the straps are put to the rack and that the straps are even in length. The hooks need to be fitted to the top, sides. Be sure to bear in mind that once you lift your bike onto the rack, the weight will mean you need to further tighten the straps.
- Put bar of your bike’s frame into the gaps of the bars of the rack. The bike’s weight will be balanced evenly.
- Then you need to fix the straps on the rack over the top tube of your bike’s frame, this will make the bike secure.
- You need to then inspect the bike and straps, this will make sure the bike is secured.
Roof mounted rack
- These racks require you to take off the bike’s front wheel before you can mount it. If there is not a large curved “hook” at the front of the rack, but there is a t-shaped fitting or a cross-bar, you will have to take the front wheel off for it to work.
- Then you have to put the bike into the ‘tray’ on top of the car, front wheel forward. If the front wheel needs to be removed with your type of rack, set the bike’s fork into the front apparatus and use the clamp to secure it. For racks that do not require front wheel removal, pull on the curved front hook and wrap it around the front tyre.
- Then you need to wrap the hook-and-eye strap at the rear around the back tyre and tighten.
Hitch (tow-bar)-mounted rack
- There are generally two types of tow bar mounted racks. These usually feature a tray near the bottom in which you set the bike; and other will work by hanging the bike near the rack top and being secured into place.
- You need to put the bike’s tyres into the tray at the rack’s bottom, or set the tube into the rests near the rack’s top. You must ensure weight is distributed evenly or it may fall
- For racks with groove rests at the top, wrap the hook-and-eye/rubber straps around the bike’s frame.
Which rack is best for you?
You need to consider this carefully, and each rack type has pros and cons. This will depend on what rack you buy, the length, width or height of your car will be changed, so you should take extra care when driving and parking. It has been known for drivers to damage their own bike by parking or going into their garage with it still mounted.
Final option: place it inside your car
If you are concerned about bike security, if you are worried about it being stolen. Or if you are concerned that you will have increased fuel consumption due to the drag from the bike rack then you need to look the option of putting into your car. This can be a pain and may mess up your car.