Roof Top Bicycle Carriers

There is a huge selection of different bike carriers and styles available these days, so it can be confusing when looking at your next purchase. We try to make life easier by stocking the best in each category.
Roof-top bike carriers are one of the popular types of bike carriers. Just to make life more interesting, within this category, there are different types of carriers, depending on how your bike is secured. There are Fork, Wheel, and Frame mounted options. They are all good ways to secure your bike, with personal preference and the type of bike you're carrying being the deciding factors.
Fork mounts require the removal of the front wheel. The bike is secured via the forktips or the thru-axle.
For some, a fork-mounted bike rack is the only way to go whether this is due to the rack not contacting the frame or simply for the lower profile aesthetics. The fork mount has become the least popular option since the vast improvements in front-wheel or frame-mounted carriers and the now common use of through axels. Hub and axle sizes seem to change somewhat frequently within the bike world. This can become fiddly and costly when you must purchase additional through axel adapters for your rack.
Also, by design fork mounted racks tend to have a long overhang, which can pose a problem for hatch clearance on cars.
This style of rack is a great choice for the serious cycling enthusiast, regular riders or anyone precious about their bike.
Front-wheel mounts are the best of both worlds in that they do not contact your frame and are very stable like a fork mount. They also possess great ease of use in loading and not having to remove your wheel as you would with a fork mount. There's no rubbing or marking your frame, there's no excess pressure on your carbon drop-outs either, and no bottle cages or cables in the way.
A disadvantage is they will not work on bikes with mudguards. The only way these bikes can fit is by removing the mudguards.
As the name suggests, frame-mounted carriers secure your bike by the frame. They have some of the same advantages as front wheel mounted carriers, they're easy to load and unload and you don't have to remove the front wheel.
A disadvantage of frame mount carriers is that the movement of the bike when travelling can cause damage to carbon or sensitive finishes on your frame. Some manufacturers like Thule make accessories so that you can carry carbon frame bikes on your frame mount carrier. Unusual-shaped frames can also have some difficulty to fit.
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