Cycle Carrier Guide
There are different types of cycle carriers so how to choose the best rack for transporting your bike.We have put together a guide which we hope helps.
The questions you need to know are
Tow-bar mounted bike racks either connect to a standard towball, or bolt to the towball-mounting plate, with the mounting plate you will either need a fixed flange towbar or a detachable flange towbar. To carry bikes on 4x4 vehicles with a spare wheel on the back door you may need one of our special 4x4 cycle carriers.
Note that you can never tow at the same time with a platform cycle rack in place, as the rack sticks out behind the tow ball. If you want to tow you will need to go for a maxxraxx cycle carrier with a plate that fits behind the towball
Benefits of towbar mounted cycle carriers;
*Which report May 2003: Bike racks. "If you're planning to transport several bikes regularly, we recommend you use a tow ball mounted carrier, as these tend to cause the least disturbance to airflow around the car, keeping effects on fuel and noise to a minimum."
Hang on style
Hang on' racks - you hang the bike/cycle from its crossbar. Bear in mind though that you'll need to add on at least £18 for a lighting board. An artificial cross bar is available for ladies bikes and Y frame bikes.
Platform bike carriers the bikes/cycles stand on their wheels. Special supports keep the bikes apart and prevent any rubbing damage. These supports can be easily folded down for storage. Wheel support racks come complete with a lighting and number plate unit.
Some wheel support racks tilt, even with the bikes/cycles in place, to allow the tailgate to be opened.
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