Bicycle rack

A bicycle rack allows you to transport your bicycles safely with a car or camper van. Bicycle racks come in a number of different types but can be broken down into types depending on where they are mounted on the vehicle. 

What kinds of bicycle rack are there?

The three most common types of bicycle racks are roof-mounted, boot-mounted or mounted on the towbar a car or camper van. A bicycle rack may be equipped with additional features such as lighting, an anti-theft device and/or an additional number plate. Different models have different approved drawbar loads, and consequently not all suitable for transporting e-bikes.

All three of these types also have a few things in common:

  1. In each, there is an area where the bicycle’s wheels are attached.
  2. Each has some type of fastening system.
  3. They are all designed for a specific load capacity. 

Roof-mounted bicycle rack

With a roof rack, the rack is mounted on the roof of the car and the bicycle is fixed into a wheel slot. Additional struts and straps provide the necessary stability. The wheels are then upright on the car roof, and the bicycle can be mounted either in the direction of travel or the other way round. Roof racks offer various advantages and disadvantages:



generally cheaper than other models

high wind resistance

high flexibility thanks to variety of brackets

requires lifting heavy bicycle onto car roof

anti-theft device for the bicycle

susceptible to crosswinds

surface area of the vehicle remains unchanged

in most cases a roof rail is necessary

Boot-mounted bicycle rack

If you do not want to transport your bicycle on the roof and do not have a towbar, you can look at boot-mounted carriers. This variant is somewhat easier when it comes to loading and unloading the bicycles. The boot rack is attached to the rear of the car and is therefore only suitable for cars with a rear gate, i.e., vans, station wagons and the like. These models likewise have their advantages and disadvantages:



easy mounting on the tailgate

not suitable for all vehicles

easy loading and unloading of the bicycles

not every tailgate is designed to support such loads

low air resistance

may cover sensors of vehicle’s support systems

well-suited for camper vans

May make vehicle’s luggage area inaccessible


Bicycle rack for towbar

These racks are a separate trailer platform that can be mounted on a vehicle with a towbar.  Even though they are generally a little more expensive than roof racks or boot racks, they have some advantages that may justify this investment. 



easy loading and unloading 

shifted vehicle centre of gravity can influence steering behaviour

low air resistance

high investment


can quickly result in total permissible load of a vehicle being exceeded


General instructions for all bicycle racks

The following points should be observed when using any bicycle rack: 

  • do not exceed permissible drawbar load
  • remove batteries from e-bikes before transporting
  • do not cover with tarpaulins during the journey 
  • remove bicycle attachments (basket, air pump, etc.) before driving
  • Adjust driving speed (120-130 km/h recommended max. speed)
  • observe all national regulations abroad
  • observe max. permitted vehicle length and width


Bicycle racks for e-bikes 

As the popularity of electric bicycles increases, the demand for bicycle racks that can carry them is also increasing. Strictly speaking, any bicycle rack will be suitable for carrying an e-bike; however, since e-bikes usually weigh more, a roof rack is not the best choice. Mounting an e-bike on a bicycle rack mounted to the towbar is much easier. This also allows the car to protect parts like the bicycle wheels during the ride. 

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