How to Hang a Bicycle on a Car Carrier

How to Hang a Bicycle on a Car Carrier
Bicycles are a form of transportation on their own, but many people like to bring bikes on vacation or to other locations better suited to their interests. Whether you're bringing mountain bikes on a camping trip or carting road bicycles to ride on a scenic route, you can equip your car to properly transport one or more bicycles on a rack. The key to using a rack properly is making sure the bike is secure and won't scratch your paint or fall from the rack while you're driving.


Difficulty: Moderate

Roof rack

Things You’ll Need:
  • Wrench
  • Rope
  • Plastic bag (optional)
Step 1
Remove the front wheel from your bicycle. Stow the tire inside your vehicle.
Step 2
Place the rear wheel in the tire canal on the roof rack. Put the front of the bike frame where the tire attaches in the clamp at the front of the rack.
Step 3
Tighten the clamp down on the front of the rack. Place the clamp or strap, if your model has one, over the back tire sitting in the canal.

Trunk rack

Step 1
Place the crossbar of the bike into the bike holsters on the bike rack.
Step 2
Tie down the rack, using straps accompanying the rack, bungee cords or rope. The hold must be strong enough that wind and bumpy roads won't loosen the holder's grip.
Step 3
Use rope to tie down the handlebars to the rack or the bike's frame. The goal of this is to keep the front tire from swinging around and chipping the paint on your vehicle.

Tips & Warnings

Tie a plastic bag over your seat to protect it from rain or snow.

Article Written By Jonathan Croswell

Jonathan Croswell has spent more than five years writing and editing for a number of newspapers and online publications, including the "Omaha World-Herald" and "New York Newsday." Croswell received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Nebraska and is currently pursuing a Master's of Health and Exercise Science at Portland State University.

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