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Choosing a Bike Rack for Your Vehicle

If you want to simplify the task of getting your bicycle(s) from point A to point B without pedaling, invest in a bike rack. No matter the size of your pockets, you'll find a variety of options on eBay. Read on to find out how to find a bike carrier to fit your needs.

What type of bike racks are available?

Generally, you will come across two types of eBay bicycle racks: those that sit on the top of the car and those that rest on the rear. Options include roof mount, hitch mount, or a rear rack. A brief explanation of each and usage suggestions follow.

  • Roof mount bike racks let you transport up to two bikes without obstructing your view.
  • Hitch mount racks hook up to a car's hitch receiver with a tow bar for simple loading and unloading. Since they sit away from the vehicle, it's unlikely a bike will leave scratches or damage the paint.
  • The eBay rear bike racks attach to the boot or tailgate with a strap. Many models up to three bicycles (four in rare instances). They require no special fittings and detach easily from the vehicle when not needed.
Features to look for on an eBay bicycle rack

When shopping for a bike rack for your car, it's worth considering the benefits each provides.

  • Versatility: Roof racks offer the most flexibility, allowing you to customise bars for other recreational gear, such as surfboards, snowboards, and kayaks.
  • Capacity: Pay attention to the number of bikes a rack can hold. Standard sizes range from two to four.
  • Stability: The rack needs to accommodate your bike(s) size. So, make sure to pick a cycle holder for your car suitable to the weight and height of the bike.
  • Weather-resistant: The elements can cause car bike racks to deteriorate. That's why it's vital to have a weather-protective coating on the cycle rack you choose.
  • Keyed lock: Keep your precious cargo secure by investing in models that have a lock feature.
Which companies manufacture bicycle racks?

If you search for a bike rack on eBay, you'll notice most cycle car carriers come from brands like Thule, Mottez, and Maypole. Also, look for eBay bicycle racks by specific car models such as Audi, Mitsubishi, and VW. Just click the check mark to find racks for your specific vehicle.

  • Thule: This innovative company offers an impressive line-up of bike racks for the roof or rear.
  • Maypole: A leading supplier of towing and touring equipment, this manufacturer has a variety of universal tow bar carriers and rooftop mounts.
  • Mottez: They offer easy-to-install, easy-to-adjust hitch mount racks.
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