How to fit a bike rack

Are you looking for the perfect bike rack for those family days out? We spoke to Thule spokesman James Clark to get some helpful tips and advice on buying and fitting your bike rack...

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Cycle carriers are the best way of carrying your bike.

They can be fitted to the roof or to the rear of the vehicle; it’s safe and keeps the inside of the car clean.

Here are a few tips.

Speak to an expert

When purchasing a bicycle carrier go to a specialist rather than buying on line, they will ask you questions like what type of car you have, weather you have a toe bar, and the type of bike you are hoping to carry, are you hoping to carry an electric bike with a heavy battery, is it a road bike with thin tyres, is it a ladies bike without a cross bar, or is it a downhill mountain bike with wide tyres?

Practice fitting it

When you have purchased your bike carrier your dealer may well fit it for you, but it is very important to be familiar with the carrier and be able to fit it yourself, as the driver it is your responsibility to be familiar with how the carrier works and be able to take it on and off the vehicle safely.

Check if you need extras

When you have fitted your cycle carrier you may find you need some extra things like a rear number plate, in which case you need to go to a number plate dealer with your v5 and some form of ID, you may also find that they cover your rear lights, in which case you may need some towing electrics in order to fit a trailer board.

Check behind you when parking

Remember that your vehicle will be longer with the bike rack on the back, so take care when reversing as you may have to switch off any parking sensors.

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