28 November 2023
Let’s open a melon.
If you are a cyclotourism lover, you will know that sometimes you need to take your bike by car to start a route in a distant point.
It’s best when the road doesn’t start at your front door.
So that you don’t make a fuss, in this article you will discover:
These are the safest (and legal) ways to transport your bike by car.
Carrying the bicycle inside the car is the easiest way if you don’t have a bicycle rack and you consider that it is not worth buying one because you will hardly use it.
If the car is large, you can put it in the trunk (folding down the seats if necessary).
However, there are some drawbacks to this system:
Depending on the model, this bike rack can carry between one and four bikes.
The good thing?
That it is economical and that you have room in the trunk to fit everything you need.
That you need to disassemble it to open the trunk and doing so is a bit of a mess.
In addition, you can scratch the bodywork.
At the end of the post we indicate some considerations that you must take into account to comply with the law (among others, to carry the V-20 sign to mark the rear load).
Although it is more expensive than the previous method, it is more convenient because it allows you to open the trunk without unloading the bikes (and you can carry up to four).
Of course, you need to install a tow ball.
You must keep in mind that bikes cannot protrude more than 15% of the length of the car and you also need the V-20 sign.
Let’s go for more…
This is the easiest and quickest to assemble.
In addition, you can use the trunk without any problem and carry everything you need.
The law is quite lax with this system; it only requires that it be securely fastened so that it does not fall.
But all that glitters is not gold, as it also has some drawbacks:
If you have a trailer, you can also use it to carry your bicycles.
What are the advantages?
You can carry more bikes and also more cargo, useful if you also need tents or material for your routes.
What are the drawbacks?
If you do not have a trailer, it is a rather expensive alternative.
In addition, it will cost you more to park and maneuver than with a bike rack.
In this case, you must take into account the specific regulations for trailers.
We have left the integrated bike rack for last because it is a rare species.
This system is integrated into the car, so it is quite convenient.
Why is it a rara avis?
Because currently only Opel offers this equipment with the FlexFix system.
If your car is of this brand, you are in luck!
We know that the pocket is where it hurts the most.
Therefore, we want to tell you that you can be fined between 80 and 200 euros for not carrying your bicycle correctly.
If you carry rear bike racks or bike racks on the trailer tow ball, you should take this into account:
In all cases, bicycles must always be securely fastened to the bike rack or trailer (you can fasten them with tie-down straps, turnbuckles or pulleys).
And in the trunk too!
In addition to being securely fastened to fixed parts of the car, they must not impede visibility or hinder the mobility of the occupants.
That said, you are now ready for a good cyclotourism route.