Car Bike Rack Instructions

Updated February 21, 2017

Car bike racks are an absolute essential for any cyclist. Easily kept in the back of a vehicle so that it can be taken out when required, the auto bike rack is easy to assemble and dissemble for convenient transportation of bicycles. A bike rack can also add flexibility to your schedule, allowing you to easily switch between biking and driving, a necessary tool for biking families who commute to work or school.

Attach the hooks on the top straps of the bike rack to the top of the rear door or boot, being careful not to attach these straps to any glass, as this can cause breakage over time. Leave these top straps loose and attach the bottom straps to the bottom of the rear door, the underside of the boot, or any flat edge underneath the bumper that will support the pressure.

Tighten both sets of straps, starting with the top straps. Tighten the top straps until the rack is in a central, stable position on the vehicle, then tighten the bottom straps until the rack is firmly in place. Tie the ends of the straps together to prevent them from flapping around in the wind and becoming frayed.

Strap the bike to the rack using the included bike rack straps, making sure to tighten them as much as possible. Secure the wheels and handlebars to the rack and the vehicle using bungee cords to prevent them from slamming around.

Secure the bike and bike rack to the frame of the vehicle by running a cable lock through any available hole or section of the frame as well as the bike and bike rack. Then secure the bike and rack to the cable using the U-lock, basically trying to make the thought of stealing the bike rack more trouble than it is worth for potential thieves.


When attaching women's bikes to a bike rack, you may require a T-bar adaptor, which can often be purchased with the bike rack. Bike racks which are attached to a trailer hitch can simply be inserted in the hitch and a hitch pin inserted to secure them in place. Then the above steps can be followed to secure the bicycles. Bike racks being attached to roof racks can be screwed in place on the roof racks, and then the above steps can be followed. Be sure to test the strength of the bike rack attachment before trusting it with your bicycles.


Be careful when attaching straps for your bike rack, as there are areas on your vehicle which will not support the weight of the rack, such as the glass sections of rear doors, and the hollow plastic of some rear bumpers.

Things You'll Need

  • Car bike rack
  • Bungee cords
  • Bike lock cable
  • U-lock
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Nat Fondell has been writing professionally since 2006. A former editor of the "North Park University Press," his work has appeared at scientific conferences and online, covering health, business and home repair. Fondell holds dual Bachelors of Arts degrees in journalism and history from North Park University and received pre-medical certification at Dominican University.