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Transporting bicycles in a car can be a pain, especially if you prefer not to have oil or grease stains on your seats. A bicycle rack, such as those manufactured by Thule, Holdfast, BuzzRack, Saris and Geof, allows you to transport your bike on the roof or back of your car. Before buying a new or used bicycle rack from Gumtree ZA, learn about the types available.
Bicycle Rack Types
A bicycle carrier allows you to transport your bike mounted to the rear of your vehicle, connected to your tow bar, or on the roof of your car. Each type of mounting system has advantages and disadvantages.
Roof-Mounted Bicycle Racks
A roof-mounted bicycle rack protects your bike from dirt and is the most stable and safe transport option. If your car has pre-installed roof bars, you can find a rack that simply slides into or attaches to these bars. These racks make it easy to manoeuvre into tight parking spaces and do not block access to the boot of the vehicle. However, they add height to the car. Roof-mounted carriers come in fork-mount and upright designs that can carry one to six bikes.
Tow Bar-Mounted Bicycle Racks
A tow bar mounted bicycle rack mounts to the receiver hitch, so you do not need a base roof rack to install it. These racks are easy to install and you do not have to lift a bike high to load it. Look for steel or lightweight aluminium products for added durability. These racks may block your vehicle's licence plate and rear lights, so you may need to buy reflectors or additional lights. You can find models that carry up to five bikes.
Rear-Mounted Bike Racks
A rear-mounted bicycle rack is inexpensive, versatile and easy to install. It mounts directly to the car and does not require a hitch receiver or base rack. This type of rack blocks access to the boot of the car and may damage your vehicle's paintwork. It can carry one to three bikes.
Finding the ideal new or second-hand bicycle rack for your vehicle enhances your cycling experience by making transport effortless. A roof-mounted bicycle carrier is the most stable and safe option. If you do not have a base roof rack installed, consider a tow bar-mounted or rear-mounted rack.