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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

  1. How many bikes you need to carry.  
  2. Which bike carrier will fit the car.
  3. How frequently are you going to use your rack.
  4. Will you be carrying childs bikes
  5. How much storage space it will take up when not in use.


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;

  • Very strong. 
  • ​Bikes are held clear of the vehicle to prevent any damage to paintwork.
  • Tow bar mounted bike racks give the lowest increase in fuel consumption*
  • In most cases one rack is suitable for use on a second or replacement vehicle.
  • Bikes are extremely easy to load


*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."

cycler carrier

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.

hang on

Platform Style

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.

Hang on style

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Towbex LTD
67 chartwell road lancing business park
LancingWest Sussex BN15 8FD
England

Tel: 01903 854770