How to transport a bike by car?
Are you planning a campsite and want to take your bike with you? There are several methods of transporting bicycles by car, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. We will help you choose the best one.
You can transport the bike in the car on the roof, towbar, trailer or in the trunk. Which method you choose depends on the size and number of bikes, the amount of luggage, the number of passengers and of course your car.
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Transport of bicycles on the roof
The bikes on the roof can be transported on a special carrier, which consists of two bars and bicycle carriers. The assembly of the beams makes it easier to transport other things, you can use them for a roof box, etc. Bicycle racks have mounts on the bicycle frame (then you don't have to disassemble it) or mounts on the fork (you have to unscrew the front wheel). You can transport up to 6 bicycles at the same time on the roof (it depends on their weight).
The biggest advantage of this solution is that the driver has perfect visibility while driving - the equipment at the top does not block the windows or block visibility. The equipment is also protected against dirt from the road and other scratches and damage. Driving with a load on top is not comfortable: changing the car's aerodynamics causes the car to accelerate slower, is more susceptible to the influence of wind and has an increased center of gravity. If you decide to buy a roof bike rack, remember that you cannot park in underground car parks and you have to be careful with low viaducts and tree branches.
Transport of bicycles on a hook
A towing hook at the rear of the car is required to mount the rack. A maximum of 3 bicycles can be transported in this way. You can safely use multi-storey car parks and drive over low viaducts. The aerodynamics of the vehicle does not change either.
Note: Many drivers get fines when using the roof rack. Well, before traveling, you need to make sure that you can see the taillights and the license plate. When registering, you can apply for a third, additional plate. This takes several working days.
Transport of bicycles on a trailer
A special trailer can also be mounted on the tow bar. As with towbar racks, make sure the number plate and taillights are visible. The largest and most expensive solutions enable the safe transport of even more than 20 bicycles.
The trailer can be covered with foil or tarpaulin to protect the equipment from dirt and weather conditions. Nothing covers the tailgate so you have unlimited access to the boot which is a plus if you need to bring your tent and other camping gear with you. Remember that Polish law requires each car trailer to be registered - with a time limit or fully.
Transport of bicycles in the trunk
You don't have to worry about the cost of hooks, racks and trailers if you don't have a lot of luggage and passengers - bikes can also be safely transported inside the car. However, the equipment must be well secured with covers, special safety belts or car stands, so as not to damage it or damage the car's equipment.
Regardless of the type of bicycle rack, safety is paramount . Remember to always adapt your ride to the load. If you are transporting your bikes on the roof, avoid viaducts and underground car parks. In the case of towbar and trailer racks, keep a safe distance between yourself and other cars on the road. Watch out for turns and maneuvers. Be especially careful when braking.
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