Bike carriers require the front wheel to be removed and stored during transportation. Wheels can be clamped into special holders on the load carriers, strapped to the bike frame, or stored in the luggage compartment. Bicycle forks are secured into the front housing by an adjustable skewer and the rear wheel of the bike strapped to the carrier located on the rear load carrier bar. Fork mounted bike carriers are quick and easy to use.
Bike carriers accommodate bicycles without the option of removing the front wheel or perhaps bikes with difficult frame and wheel geometry. These are best suited to passenger vehicles with a comfortable roof height. They are secure and simple to operate.
Bike carriers utilise your vehicle’s tow bar if installed. They are simple to use and flexible in the style of bikes they can transport. Some models fold down allowing access to luggage compartments. Carriers vary from two to five bikes and are limited to the tow bar rating. Some offer accessories to transport snow skis and snow boards with an option of towing or non-towing at the same time.
Bike carriers were developed for those riders of intermittent use and are suited to motor vehicles not fitted with roof racks or tow bars. Hang-on bike carriers lay on boot lids, bumper bars or tailgates with adjustable straps to stabilise the load. They are usually restricted to only 2 – 3 bikes. Other models of hang-on carriers can be attached to the spare wheel of some four wheel drive vehicles.
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