Instructions for Bell Bicycle Trunk Racks

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Instructions for Bell Bicycle Trunk Racks
Bring your bicycle on your next road trip. (tourist and bike image by Yuri Davidov from

Bell bicycle boot-mounted racks are easy to install and use. Bell makes a few different racks; however, the installation is similar on all models. Bell boot racks are not permanently mounted to your car, so you can easily remove the rack when it is not in use. These boot racks can be installed onto most hatchbacks, sedans and sport utility vehicles. Properly securing the boot rack to your vehicle will ensure that there is no damage to your vehicle or bicycles.

Skill level:


    Attaching to a Sedan

  1. 1

    Wash your vehicle to remove dust and debris, and dry your car using a microfiber cloth. A dirty car could cause your Bell bicycle rack to scratch your vehicle's finish.

  2. 2

    Open your boot.

  3. 3

    Open the packaging and arrange the bicycle rack components on the floor. If clips are not attached, slide the enclose clips onto the straps. Racks have two top straps and two lower straps.

  4. 4

    Pull on the padded metal frame of the bike rack so the two bars pull away from each other. The frame is hinged to accommodate different styles of vehicles.

  5. 5

    Place the rack onto the boot padded side down. The arms that hold the bicycles should face outward.

  6. 6

    Using the two straps that come from the top portion of the rack, clip the rack to the top of the boot in the gap near the window. Clip the lower clips to the bottom of the boot along the edge. Tighten all the straps so there are no gaps.

    Attaching to an SUV or Mini-Van

  1. 1

    Open the hatchback.

  2. 2

    Place the small padded bar of the bicycle rack on the hatchback window. The longer bar of the bicycle frame should rest just below the window. Clip the two top straps to the top of the hatchback door.

  3. 3

    Clip the bottom clips to the bottom edge of boot. Tighten the straps on the top and bottom of the door. It should be snug, and the rack should not budge or rattle when shaken.

Tips and warnings

  • A few of Bell's boot racks come with an additional strap, which clips to the sides of the boot or hatchback door.

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