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Suitable bike carrier for every occasion


Basically, you can decide between bike racks that are mounted on the trailer hitch or on the roof. A few systems also offer attachment to the tailgate. But which bike rack is suitable for which bike? What are its advantages and disadvantages? What to consider when buying a bike rack? We answer all these questions in the lower section of the page and also give a few tips on what to consider when driving with a bike rack.

Which bike rack system has what advantages and disadvantages?
What to consider when buying a bike rack?
Things to know about driving with a bike rack

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VAN BIKER Innenraum Fahrradträger Fahrradhalter Gabelhalter mit Schnellspanner

Universal Innenraum-Fahrradhalter + Spanngurte | Nicht für Räder mit Steckachse

Item No.: UNI911W060
Manufacturer: VAN BIKER
part number: nicht zutreffend
Mengeneinheit: Stück
Baugruppe: Transportvorrichtung
Verwendung: Innenraum
Einbauseite: Kofferraum
53,00 EUR

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ATERA AHK GENIO PRO ADVANCED Fahrradträger Heckträger Kupplungsträger 2 Räder

! Neue verbesserte Version ADVANCED !

Item No.: UNI911W114
Manufacturer: ATERA
part number: 022780
???item.ean.code???: 4016223227809
Anzahl_Fahrraeder: 2
Verwendung: Anhängekupplungsträger
Ausstattungsvariante: Genio Pro Advanced
64377616: 25
Baugruppe: Transportvorrichtung, Universal
Max_Zuladung_kg: 66
64377599: 1
64377400: 80
Mengeneinheit: Stück
Gewicht_kg: 21,4
568,00 EUR

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2x Fahrradträger Dachträger Fahrradhalter THULE FreeRide Free Ride 532

! Aktuelle Ausführung inkl. T-Nut Adapter 20x20mm !

Item No.: PKT262W558
Manufacturer: THULE
part number: 532002
???item.ean.code???: 7313020009742
Delivery:

  • 2x Bicycle Holder, roof rack Piece - THULE 532002
124,90 EUR

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Currently not available at the time

ATERA 22686 Fahrradträger Heckträger Kupplungsträger HT STRADA SPORT E-BIKE M

für 2 E-Bikes | erweiterbar bis 3 Fahrräder

Item No.: UNI911W130
Manufacturer: ATERA
part number: 022686
???item.ean.code???: 4016223226864
Anzahl_Fahrraeder: 2
Verwendung: Anhängekupplungsträger
64377616: 25
Baugruppe: Transportvorrichtung, Universal
Pol_Anzahl: 13
Laenge_mm: 1140
64377599: 1
Montageart: vormontiert
Max_Zuladung_kg: 60
64377400: 80
Mengeneinheit: Stück
Ausstattungsvariante: Strada E-Bike M
Hoehe_mm: 595
Abschliessbar: abschließbar
Max_Fahrradgewicht_kg: 30
Breite_mm: 220
402,95 EUR

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ATERA 22696 Fahrradträger Heckträger Kupplungsträger HT STRADA E-BIKE ML

für 2 extra breite E-Bikes |erweiterbar bis 3 Fahrräder

Item No.: UNI911W134
Manufacturer: ATERA
part number: 022696
???item.ean.code???: 4016223226963
Anzahl_Fahrraeder: 2
Verwendung: Anhängekupplungsträger
64377616: 25
Baugruppe: Transportvorrichtung, Universal
Pol_Anzahl: 13
64377599: 1
Montageart: vormontiert
Laenge_mm: 1225
64377400: 80
Ausstattungsvariante: Strada E-Bike ML
Mengeneinheit: Stück
Max_Zuladung_kg: 59,2
Breite_mm: 610
Abschliessbar: abschließbar
Max_Fahrradgewicht_kg: 30
Abschalthoehe_mm: 210
396,00 EUR

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WESTFALIA Fahrradträger Heckträger BIKELANDER CLASSIC AHK für 2 Fahrräder

max. Zuladung: 60 kg | erweiterbar auf 3 Räder

Item No.: UNI911W090
Manufacturer: WESTFALIA
part number: 350053600001
???item.ean.code???: 4250557540078
Anzahl_Fahrraeder: 2
64374518: 130
Tiefe_mm: 690
Radstand_Bis_mm: 1300
64377616: 20
64377599: 1
Montageart: vormontiert
Leuchten_Bauart: Glühlampen-Technologie
64377400: 80
64376071: 350055600001
Mengeneinheit: Stück
Zuladung_kg: 60
Abschliessbar: abschließbar
Max_Fahrradgewicht_kg: 30
Eg_Ece_Gerecht:
Hoehe_1_mm: 220
Verwendung: Anhängekupplungsträger
Baugruppe: Transportvorrichtung, Universal
Abbildung_Aehnlich:
Pol_Anzahl: 13
Ausstattungsvariante: BC80
Breite_1_mm: 686
Falt_Dehnbar: faltbar
Reifenabmessung_Bis: 60mm
Klappbar_Abklappbar: abklappbar
472,95 EUR

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Currently not available at the time

4x Fahrradträger Dachträger Fahrradhalter THULE FreeRide Free Ride 532

! Aktuelle Ausführung inkl. T-Nut Adapter 20x20mm !

Item No.: PKT262W560
Manufacturer: THULE
part number: 532002
???item.ean.code???: 7313020009742
Delivery:

  • 4x Bicycle Holder, roof rack Piece - THULE 532002
240,90 EUR

incl. VAT, excl. shipping costs

Currently not available at the time

ATERA 22685 Fahrradträger Heckträger Kupplungsträger AHK HT STRADA SPORT M3

für 3 Räder / E-Bikes | erweiterbar bis 4 Fahrräder

Item No.: UNI911W071
Manufacturer: ATERA
part number: 022685
???item.ean.code???: 4016223226857
Laenge_mm: 1040
Max_Zuladung_kg: 66,9
Verwendung: Anhängekupplungsträger
64377616: 25
Baugruppe: Transportvorrichtung, Universal
Pol_Anzahl: 13
64377599: 1
Montageart: vormontiert
64377400: 80
Mengeneinheit: Stück
Breite_mm: 740
Abschliessbar: abschließbar
Hoehe_mm: 225
Ausstattungsvariante: Strada Sport M3
Anzahl_Fahrraeder: 3
442,95 EUR

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3x Fahrradträger Dachträger Fahrradhalter THULE FreeRide Free Ride 532

! Aktuelle Ausführung inkl. T-Nut Adapter 20x20mm !

Item No.: PKT262W559
Manufacturer: THULE
part number: 532002
???item.ean.code???: 7313020009742
Delivery:

  • 3x Bicycle Holder, roof rack Piece - THULE 532002
180,90 EUR

incl. VAT, excl. shipping costs

Currently not available at the time

ATERA 22684 Fahrradträger Heckträger Kupplungsträger AHK HT STRADA SPORT M2

für 2 Räder / E-Bikes | erweiterbar bis 3 Fahrräder

Item No.: UNI911W070
Manufacturer: ATERA
part number: 022684
???item.ean.code???: 4016223226840
Anzahl_Fahrraeder: 2
Verwendung: Anhängekupplungsträger
64377616: 25
Baugruppe: Transportvorrichtung, Universal
Pol_Anzahl: 13
64377599: 1
Montageart: vormontiert
Laenge_mm: 1440
Max_Zuladung_kg: 60
64377400: 80
Mengeneinheit: Stück
Hoehe_mm: 595
Abschliessbar: abschließbar
Ausstattungsvariante: Strada Sport M2
Breite_mm: 220
354,95 EUR

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Fahrradträger Dachträger Fahrradhalter THULE FreeRide Free Ride 532

! Aktuelle Ausführung inkl. T-Nut Adapter 20x20mm !

Item No.: UNI911W128
Manufacturer: THULE
part number: 532002
???item.ean.code???: 7313020009742
Mengeneinheit: Stück
Baugruppe: Transportvorrichtung, Universal
Ausstattungsvariante: FreeRide
Abschliessbar: abschließbar
Verwendung: Dachträger
Max_Zuladung_kg: 17
58,90 EUR

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Currently not available at the time

THULE Coach 276 Fahrradträger AHK Kupplungsträger für 3 Räder VOLVO Verpackung

Item No.: UNI911W231
Manufacturer: THULE
part number: 926
???item.ean.code???: 737356219540
64377616: 22
Verwendung: Anhängekupplungsträger
Baugruppe: Transportvorrichtung, Universal
Pol_Anzahl: 13
Ausstattungsvariante: Coach 276
64377599: 1
Max_Zuladung_kg: 60
64377400: 80
Mengeneinheit: Stück
Max_Fahrradgewicht_kg: 25
Gewicht_kg: 19
Anzahl_Fahrraeder: 3
561,04 EUR

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Which bike rack system has what advantages and disadvantages?

As mentioned, you can mount bike racks on the roof or use a rear rack. In the case of roof-mounted bike racks, the bike holders are mounted on base carriers. A car must have roof rails for this purpose, to which the base racks can be attached. This is the same system that is required for roof boxes. For rear racks, a trailer hitch is required. The attachment of bike racks to the tailgate is only via tension straps.

Whether top or rear, both bike mounts have their advantages and disadvantages. These we have clearly compared in a table.

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Bicycle rack for the roof Bicycle carrier for the trailer hitch Bike rack for the tailgate
Advantages
  • For vehicles without trailer hitch usable
  • cheap to buy
  • stable and secure attachment of the wheels
  • simple mounting on the roof
  • For vehicles with trailer hitch
  • Stable and secure mounting
  • Easy mounting on the trailer hitch
  • Many bike racks can be folded away to access the trunk
  • For vehicles without AHK and roof rails with a hatchback or fastback.
  • Easy installation
  • Favorable in the acquisition
Disadvantages
  • Roof rails must be present
  • Base racks are necessary
  • Troublesome mounting on the roof
  • Increased fuel consumption by up to 40%
  • Changed driving behavior due to transverse loads and shifts in the center of gravity
  • More expensive to buy
  • Visual impairment to the rear
  • Following license plate is necessary
  • Must be connected to the electronics
  • Straps can slip
  • Can cause scratches on the paint

Depending on the vehicle, the right bike rack system is usually found quickly. Then it is only a matter of looking at which equipment variants are desired.

What to consider when buying a bike rack?

Who wants to buy a bike rack must first ask the question, which system fits the car? Will it be a roof or rear carrier? Then the question is to clarify how many bikes are to be transported and what they weigh? There are bike carriers for the roof as well as for the trailer hitch, which are suitable for 1-4 wheels. However, the maximum payload weight is important. This is depending on the model between 50 and 100 kg. Most providers for bike carriers also specify the maximum weight per bike, which must also be taken into account. This is important for the even load of the bike racks. Especially e-bikes and pedelecs bring some weight on the scale, on average between 20 - 25kg. The trailer coupling and the roof are also only designed for a limited weight. Therefore, the drawbar load or roof load of the car must also be checked. This information can be found in the vehicle registration document and in the vehicle manual.

In addition, when buying a bike rack, pay attention to the following things:

  • How wide is the car?
  • Fits the maximum tire width?
  • Is the specified frame size correct?
  • Can the bikes and bike racks be locked?
  • Should the rear rack fold away?
  • Should the bike rack for the trailer hitch be collapsible?
  • Is the rear carrier closed on the underside?
  • Fits the plug connection from the rear carrier to the car?

The frame width is important to ensure that the frame holders also securely enclose the frame. This is the only way to ensure that the wheels are fixed stably during the ride. Meanwhile, it is unfortunately necessary that bike racks and wheels are lockable, because they are stolen but like. With a fold-away rear rack, the trunk is conveniently accessible and a closed underside protects the wheels from road dirt. For those who do not use the bike rack so often, foldable rear carriers come into question. These can then also be stored well in the basement or garage without taking up much space. In addition, the poles of the connector are important. These must fit the car, otherwise no power can be connected and turn signals, taillights and brakes can not work. This would make it illegal to drive on the road with the bike racks.

According to legal requirements, bicycles may not protrude more than 20cm on each side of the car. Therefore, the width of the car as well as the bike rack on the trailer hitch to check that the specifications are met.

When it comes to bike racks, many think of the manufacturer Thule, which offers a great many products in the field. In addition, there are also other well-known manufacturers for bike racks, which have developed high-quality products. These include, among others, Atera and Westfalia, whose products can also be found in our store in addition to Thule. In addition, there are two special bike holders in our store:

The bike mount for the interior is suitable for vans or station wagons and other larger vehicles in which the rear seats can be removed. With the bike, the front wheel is removed and then clicked into the holder and fixed with a quick release. In addition, there is also enough space for luggage next to it. This is another way to take your bike with you on your travels.

With all the above points, it is easy to buy the right bike rack for you. If you still have questions about this, you are welcome to contact our customer service with the chassis number.

Things to know about driving with a bike rack

After buying and attaching the bike rack, there are a pair of points that are important when traveling with an externally mounted bike rack:

  • Clean the trailer hitch before attachment
  • Check the lighting on the bike holder before starting the journey
  • Remove motors from e-bikes and pedelecs and transport in the trunk
  • Remove accessories such as child seat, bicycle basket, air pump, bicycle locks, etc. from bicycles and also transport them in the trunk
  • Recommendations of the country of travel to bicycle racks note
  • In the case of rear racks, attach the subsequent license plate
  • Do not cover the 3rd brake light
  • Protect bicycles with a tarpaulin while driving
  • Do not drive faster than 130km/h
  • After the first 50km, check the mounts to make sure the straps and frame holders are still tight
  • Remove bike rack from vehicle when not in use to save fuel

Even if no maximum speed is specified for bicycle carriers, it is recommended not to drive faster than 130km/h. Higher speeds increase the risk of brackets or straps coming loose and the bicycles no longer being able to be transported safely.
Extra attached accessories should be detached and transported separately, as this prevents them from coming loose during the ride and hitting other road users.

In some countries, for example in Italy and Spain, bicycle carriers for the trailer coupling must be marked. Therefore, it is important to familiarize yourself with the regulations of the destination country before entering.

Often you can find the question whether you need an extra license plate for the bike rack on the trailer hitch. The answer is yes. The reason for this is that through the rear carrier the license plate on the car is not visible. Therefore, a follow-up license plate is required that corresponds to the license plate from the car. However, it does not require plaques for TÜV and registration. Who borrows a bicycle carrier for the trailer coupling, must worry about a follow-up license plate for his car. It is not allowed to use the license plate of another vehicle.

By the way, you can mount bike racks on roofs and on the trailer hitch at the same time. Only the specified support and roof load must not be exceeded for both mounts.
. Now that you have learned everything relevant, the journey can begin. We wish you a good trip and have fun with the selected bike rack.