Munich (ots) - If you want to transport bicycles by car and do not want to dismantle the bikes, you can choose between rear and roof racks.
The ADAC has put together what needs to be considered for the respective mode of transport.
For a rear carrier, the car needs a trailer coupling or a stable tailgate approved by the manufacturer, on which the carrier can be mounted. In addition, if the wearer covers the license plate and rear lights, a lighting system and a follow-up license plate are required. It is important to note that the load capacity of the carrier and the vertical load of the trailer coupling must not be exceeded. For example, those who transport heavy pedelecs quickly reach the limits of the total load. The length of the wheels also plays a role, as they must not protrude more than 40 centimeters beyond the rear lights. The maximum width of the vehicle including wheels must not exceed 2,55 meters.
For transport on the roof, the vehicle needs roof rails or a carrier system approved by the vehicle manufacturer. The permitted roof load must not be exceeded by the wheel or carrier. Before buying, you should try out various carrier systems including wheels with your own car. Tests by ADAC have shown that carrier systems for the trailer coupling have advantages over transport on the roof: loading is easier, fuel consumption is lower, and e-bikes and pedelecs are often transported on the roof because of their high weight out of the question anyway.
When driving, the following applies to rear and roof racks: take your foot off the gas. The air resistance increases, and the cornering and braking behavior of the car also changes. The ADAC advises not to drive faster than 120 km / h and not to use tarpaulin. You should also stop briefly after a few kilometers to check whether the wheels are still tight. As the driver is responsible for securing the load correctly, the ADAC recommends securing the bicycle frame on the carrier as well as securing the wheels with tension belts.
Further information on bicycle transport can be found at adac.de (https://www.adac.de/rund-ums-fahrzeug/zweirad/fahrrad-ebike-pedelec/kauf-ausruestung/fahrrad-transport/)
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