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Your Guide to Bike Racks

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Our handy guide will help you choose the right bike rack for you.

Your guide to bike racks

If you’re setting off in the car and you want to take your bike with you, you’ll need a bike rack. There are a few to choose from - it all depends on your car, your bike and your needs.

Different types of bike racks

Here are the 4 different types of bike racks and their features:

1. Roof-mounted bike racks

  • You’ll need roof bars for these.
  • They can carry up to 4 bikes.
  • They leave the rear of your car free to tow caravans and trailers.
  • They allow you easy access to the boot.
  • They’re secure.

2. Rear-mounted cycle carriers

  • These can carry up to 3 bikes.
  • They mount directly to the back of your car.
  • They leave the roof free to carry other loads.

3. Tow bar-mounted cycle carriers

  • These can carry up to 4 bikes.
  • They leave the roof free to carry other loads.
  • Some still allow access to the boot even when the bikes are on.
  • They’re compatible with almost all vehicles, but need to be attached to a tow bar.

4. 4x4 carrier-mounted bike racks

  • They can carry up to 2 bikes.
  • They’re a secure way for 4x4s to carry bikes.
  • They fit on a rear-mounted spare wheel.
  • They leave the roof free to carry other loads.

Choosing your bike rack

When picking out your bike rack, try and answer these 3 questions: how many bikes you want to carry? Do you want your roof free to carry other stuff? Do you need easy access to your boot during your journey?

Bike racks at Halfords

We sell a wide range of bike racks in store and online.  We can also fit your new bike rack for just £14.99. (€18.12)

And don’t forget, if your bikes obscure the rear lights or number plate, you’ll need a lighting board. We’ve got those too, plus all the other accessories you could need.

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