What Are Bike Racks? What Are Different Types of Bike Racks?

What Are Bike Racks? What Are Different Types of Bike Racks?

Bikes can be transported by car, van, or motorhome. We do this at Telford Towbars; we offer the best bike racks in the UK.

It is important as our customer that you understand the features and benefits of our specific bike racks to choose the best one for you.

If you are transporting bikes by car, there are a few options you can use either the rear bike carrier or you have the option of transporting bikes on the roof.

If you are using the rear of the car, you will need a towbar. The rear bike carrier is placed on the towbar and fixed to the ball head. At Telford Towbars, we will make sure that the rear bike rack has a lighting system and a license plate, making sure they are in full view for safety.

If you are transporting bikes on a roof, a roof-mounted bike rack is required, and it is more complex than the rear bike rack fitting. The type of bike rack you need will depend on how many bikes you want to transport and the type of vehicle you have. At Telford Towbars, we can advise you accordingly.

Let’s see if we can help you to choose:

1. Towbar mounted bike racks

Alcor Towbar mounted bike racks E-bike compatible

Steel frame (with aluminium rails) towbar bike rack. Suitable for E-bikes and fat bikes. Tilting system to allow easy access to the trunk. Antitheft system. Available in 3 models;

Alcor 2 Towbar

Alcor 3 Towbar 

Alcor 4 Towbar

  • Designed for: 2-4 bikes with a maximum payload of 60 kg
  • Anti-theft system: included
  • Warranty: 2 years


  • Suitable for E-Bikes or FAT Bikes
  • Tilts to give you access to the boot of the car, using the pedal at the front of the carrier
  • Featuring Rapid-lock, which allows you to easily fit the carrier to the towball and lock it to protect it from theft
  • Steel frame with aluminium channels
  • City Crash Tested
  • Sliding straps for a quick fixing to secure the wheels to the carrier
  • Arms are provided to secure each bike to the support bar
  • Each jaw arm is padded to protect the bike frame
  • Optional locks available
  • Modern chrome UK specified lights included

Antares 2 Towbar mounted bike racks:

Compact and lightweight, Antares is the new foldable towbar bike rack with a quick-lock system, made with a sturdy steel frame and large aluminium wheel rails. Ideal for E-bikes and Fat Bikes. Antares is equipped with a pedal-controlled tilting system and a double anti-theft device for the bike rack and the bikes.

  • Designed for: 2 bikes with a maximum payload of 60 kg
  • Anti-theft system: included
  • Please note that we supply UK lights in addition to the European lights for UK compliance
  • Warranty: 2 years

2. Roof Mounted Bike Rack

  Thule FreeRide 532002

Functional and easy-to-use upright bike rack fulfilling all basic needs.

  • Easy and firm bike fixation thanks to the stable frame holder
  • Locks the bike to the bike rack and the bike rack to the roof racks (locks included)
  • Firm wheel fixation, thanks to the quick-release wheel straps

So Why a Towbar Mounted Rack?

Towbar–mounted bike racks are the most common style of the bike carrier. We can install your bike rack here in Telford, or you can purchase online and do it yourself.

The bike racks can carry up to four bikes which are ideal for a family or one bike.

Your bikes are easy to mount and lift onto the rack.

So Why a Rooftop Bike Rack?

Having a rooftop bike rack will give you full access to your boot. You will not require a towbar or it allows you to have a trailer as well, with a towbar. If storage space is a problem, this could be your solution. Remember you can only carry two bikes.

Depending on the type of vehicle you have and the number of bikes it’s always worth researching which bike rack is best for you.

Check out our website for all the information you need and our video demonstrations which may help you to choose what is best for you.

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