The Complete Guide to Car Bike Rack Accessories

Looking to improve the safety of your cycle carrier? Maybe you want to make loading and unloading your bikes easier? Or perhaps you want to ensure your cycle carrier meets all the legal requirements for use on the road?

If you said yes to any of those questions, then you'll be more than likely researching car bike rack accessories.

Ranging from simple lighting boards to extra-secure lockable handles, we've got a range of bike carrier accessories available to suit your needs.

To help you make the right purchase for your circumstances, we've:

- Listed the possible accessories available
- Detailed what the particular cycle carrier accessory improves
- Suggested a specific situation where this cycle carrier accessory would be useful.

Base Plates

Base plates are a small component of the cycle carrier that acts as the hitch between your car and the main frame of the rear mounted bike rack.

Base plates are particularly useful in situations where you need to swap your carrier between vehicles temporarily.

For example:

Let's say you have two cars. One is an Audi A5 and the other is a Nissan Qashqai. Now, when you usually go on a cycle carrier holiday, you take the Audi A5. However, on this occasion, your partner intends to use the Audi A5 for a work trip. Typically, you'd have to go through the long process of completely removing the cycle carrier, before then reinstalling it on the Nissan. However, with a base plate, you can simply remove the main frame and attach it to any vehicle in seconds.

Lockable Handles

Lockable handles are a replacement set of handles that allow you to securely lock bikes to your cycle carrier main frame for extra security.

Lockable handles are particularly useful in situations where you need to leave your bikes unattended in public for an extended period of time.

For example:

Let's say you're taking the bikes up to the Lake District for a mountain biking holiday. On the way up, you intend to stop by a friend's house to catch up for a couple of hours. Now, you could just leave the bikes on the cycle carrier and hope for the best. However, with the lockable handles, you can now securely clamp the bikes to your cycle carrier, ensuring a thief can't take your bikes without having to take the whole cycle carrier with it.

Lockable handles are available for the arms on your ZX200, ZX300 or Pure Instinct ZX700 cycle carrier and come in sets of 2, 3 and 4. These products are one of our most highly recommended cycle carrier accessories.

Light Board

It is a legal requirement for you to have your lights and registration plate visible when carrying anything on the rear of your vehicle.

If the lights or registration plates are not visible, you could be fined up to £1000 and face up to 3 points added to your license.

To ensure this doesn't happen, we highly recommend purchasing a dedicated light board for your particular cycle carrier.

Lighting boards are particularly useful in situations where you do not want a £1000 fine or 3 points on your license.

For example:

Let's say you're taking the bikes up to the Lake District for a mountain biking holiday. You're doing 70mph on the motorway when you notice blue lights in your rearview mirror. You immediately realise that a police officer is flashing you down. You pull over and before you know it you've got a £1000 fine for not ensuring your registration plate was visible. In this situation, a £70 lighting board would have saved you over £930.

Expansion Kits

If you've had your bike rack for a while, somethings may have changed since you first bought it. You may have another bike to carry or need an additional arm to hold it in place. Rather than buying a whole new bike rack, you can buy an expansion rail for some platform bike carriers, giving you the space to carry more bikes.

For example:

Let's say that you only had two bikes to carry when you first bought your Westfalia bike rack but you've since had a child who now has a bike of their own. Instead of buying a new bike rack, you can purchase an expansion rail to accommodate your extra bike. Or, maybe you have a Witter Towbar mounted bike rack and need some additional parts. Bike rack arms can make your bikes more stable whilst you are carrying them and it is a cheaper way to replace parts instead of buying a new bike rack.

So, the next time you come to use your bike rack, if you realise something has gone missing or you need a bit more stability or security, there are plenty of cycle carrier accessories you can add. And of course, if you haven't yet bought your bike rack and are thinking of purchasing a towbar mounted carrier, you will also need a towbar. So, enter your registration number to find your towbar here.