We all know that cycling is generally a green activity that can transport us miles under our own steam. But love them or hate them, cars are also a necessity for most of us. Whether it’s travelling to a Sunday morning race, getting to a sportive with your mates or taking the family on holiday, at times we all need to carry our bikes by car.
To help you choose the best style of bike rack for you, check out our buyers guide to bike racks.
Once you’ve made your decision, check out the reviews below. We’ve rounded up the best bike racks on the market to help you choose the one for you.
Thule ProRide 591
£91.99 / $US245
Thule proride 591 : Robin Wilmott/BikeRadar
The Thule Pro ride oozes quality, and proved rapid to remove and refit. With three quick-release levers, two locks, a 20kg limit and five-year warranty it’s clear a lot of thought has gone into it, and the clamp is genius: just lean the frame into the open jaws and tighten the lockable, roof-height knob.
Click here to read our full review of the Thule ProRide 591.
Thule ClipOn 9104
£109.99 / US$131
Thule clipon 9104: Robin Wilmott/BikeRadar
Rubber-coated metal straps clamp onto the top and bottom of your car’s tailgate, and the ClipOn rack is so stable there’s no need for side straps. The rack carries up to 45kg and has a five-year guarantee.
Click here to read our full review of the Thule ClipOn 9104.
£460 / US$N/A
Witter zx404: Witter
This four-bike carrier attaches to a plate behind the tow ball for a secure and stable ﬁxing – and it carries up to 64kg. It’s easy to ﬁt and remove, and tilts so you can get to the boot even with bikes loaded.
Click here to read our full review of the Witter ZX404.
BEST FOR VALUE
EBC Revolution Shuttle 3-Bike Carrier
£59.99 / US$N/A
EBC revolution shuttle 3-bike carrier : Robin Wilmott/Future Publishing
A compact, simple rack, the EBC Revolution Shuttle folds with two quick release levers, is well made and – because it’s constructed out of oversized aluminium – is extremely lightweight. Up to 45kg can be carried, and the price is fantastic value.
Click here to read our full review of the EBC Revolution Shuttle.
Exodus single roof rack
£74.99 / US$116
Exodus single roof rack : Seb Rogers/Future Publishing
Out of the box setup is a little ﬁddly, with a fair amount of assembly. Adaptors are included for square, round or T-track roof bars, so it should be possible to ﬁt this carrier to whatever system you already own. Maximum bike weight is 15kg, which will accommodate most trail full sussers but rules out heavyweight downhill bikes.
Click here to read our full review of the Exodus single roof rack.