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Car Bike Rack Selection Guide

Car Bike Rack Selection Guide

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A bike carrier is a great piece of equipment to have. It allows you to bring your bike(s) on a day trip or holiday. These days, there are plenty of bike carriers that don't need a tow bar for installation. Simply hang the bike off the trunk, or get a carrier that allows you to attach your bike to the roof, like the Seasucker which uses suction cups. We have the popular Thule car bike racks, but also offer the excellent and universally liked Westfalia carriers. On top of that, we have plenty of spare parts and accessories to go with your carrier. So whatever it is you're looking for -2, 3, or 4-bike carriers, a carrier with extra wide slots for your mountain bike, or one that has a ramp so you don't have to lift your bike - we've got just the thing for you.


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SeaSucker Talon Huske Car Bike Rack - 1 Bike
1638,50
RRP 1709,80
Winter weeks

Pro User Diamant Bike Carrier
1537,30
RRP 1809,60

Pro User Amber II Bike Carrier
1055,60
RRP 1138,30

Thule Frame Adapter 982
168,50
RRP 190,30

Thule Wall Hanger 9771
260,00
RRP 285,50

Thule Loading Ramp 9152
240,80
RRP 285,50

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What types of bike carriers are there?

One of the most common ways of transporting your bikes by car is with a bike carrier for tow bar. For example, with this type of bike carrier you can transport 4 bikes, 3 bikes or 2 bikes. You can also choose to transport your bikes on the roof of your car. You can often use several bike carriers for your roof side by side to fit more bikes on your roof. A roof rack is quick to mount and often compact to store.

What to look out for when buying a bike carrier on your towbar?

Suppose you want to put your brand new Thule bike carrier on your towbar, the first thing you need to know is the nose weight of your car or motorhome. The nose weight is the maximum vertical load your towbar can carry. For small cars, it is often around 50 kilos. Larger cars are usually around or above 75 kilos. You do need to add the weight of your bike carrier to the weight of your bikes. You can always see the maximum drawbar load on the tow bar of your car. This is stated on a clear plate, often made of metal.

How far are your bikes allowed to extend on the bike rack?

With a bike carrier for your towbar, you also need to be careful that your wheels don't stick out too much. In the Netherlands, your wheels may protrude a maximum of 20 centimetres on the left and right sides of your car or motorhome. That is not very much, so it depends on the width of your car whether it will fit or not. In doubt whether it will fit? Then measure the width of your bikes first. That will determine whether you can use a bike carrier for your towbar with your bikes or not.