Transporting your bike opens up a world of possibilities to you! New scenery, races, environments, and friends all become easily accessible when you are comfortable transporting your bicycle. As bicycle injury lawyers and avid bicyclists, we believe that riding a bicycle can be as simple as… well, riding a bicycle. And part of the joy of riding is the ability to cover new terrain.
Cars simply aren’t designed to transport bicycles. Fortunately, there are a variety of tools designed to help you travel with your bike safely.
Roof racks are a traditional way of transporting bicycles and other cargo. Once installed, you can safely secure your bicycle to the roof, however you may need to remove the front wheel. Space is ample and several bikes can be transported at once. Securing your bike is essential in order to prevent theft. Keep in mind, the bicycles add to the height of your vehicle, so access to parking garages may be limited. Finally, maneuvering the bicycle into place can be challenging.
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Trunk racks solve the problem of inaccessibility as bicycles can be more easily loaded and unloaded. The racks are easily secured in place, however keep in mind that your bike will be secured close to the car. Ensure that the rack is properly installed, however, as even minor movements can result into scratches on the paint of your car or damage to your bicycle. It’s still important to lock your bike, as theft is a possibility.
Towball racks are exceptionally secure and are positioned to hold the bike higher up on the frame, cradling the wheels in place. These racks tend to be more expensive and, of course, require a towball to be in place. But they are very stable so you don’t need to stress about damage to your vehicle. Of course, you must still use a lock on your bike.
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In the Trunk
It almost seems like a cheat, but if you have a large trunk and especially if you have fold-down seats, you may be able to transport your bike this way. If you have more than an extra passenger, though, it probably isn’t your best bet. Although you can lock your car and secure your bicycle, it will take up quite a bit of room. Usually some degree of disassembly is required. Even so, the trunk is surely a convenient option.
Whichever option you choose, transporting your bicycle by car opens up a world of possibilities. Whether you simply want to carry your bike along on a camping trip or want to drive across the country for a race, the options are endless.