By car with his bike

When you go on vacation by bike, sometimes you need to transport it by car to the destination you want to visit on two wheels. Then equipping your vehicle with a bike rack is a practical solution.

Before you decide on a bike rack for the car, it is necessary to draw up a picture of the situation. This takes into account, among other things, the number and type of bicycles to be transported (children’s, mountain, road, electric, oversized tires, etc.), the fastenings to be preferred depending on the mount (on the wheels, the frames, the fork, etc. ), the amount you want to invest, then the vehicle on which the support will be mounted.

trailer hitch

If the vehicle has a trailer hitch, it can accept a bracket that holds the bikes in place on one or more platforms or on horizontal bars. According to Alexandre Laporte, co-owner of Écho Sports, these models can carry more weight (like many electric bikes) while being more stable.


The foldable model Thule Easyfold XT and its loading ramp.

Photo courtesy of Echo Sports

The foldable model Thule Easyfold XT and its loading ramp.

Manufacturers, who always want to make life easier for athletes, are constantly developing their products, in particular by allowing access to the trunk of the car even with the support fixed, preferring simple and space-saving storage.


Yakima's EXO system allows you to vary the attachments and anchorages to carry other gear.

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Yakima’s EXO system allows you to vary the attachments and anchorages to carry other gear.

Thule’s foldable Easyfold XT includes a boarding ramp to roll your bike onto the platform. For its part, Yakima’s Exo system offers the option of swapping out the bindings to carry other gear. Designed and manufactured in Sherbrooke, Panache racks propose hanging the bikes securely vertically by the stem and handlebars for easier loading.


On the Panache bike rack, the bikes hang vertically using the handlebars and stem.

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On the Panache bike rack, the bikes hang vertically using the handlebars and stem.

on the roof

If the vehicle does not have a trailer hitch, the bikes can be placed on the roof using a pole-mounted stand or strong suction cups. The bike(s) is/are then held by the wheels or by the fork (by removing the front wheel).


The MOS UpLift

Courtesy of Photos, Demers Bikes and Cross Country Skis

Very few know suction cup mounts like those from SeaSucker. This is the same principle of suction cups used when installing windows, explains Frédéric Duchesne, co-owner of Demers bicycles and cross-country skis. “Once they’re stuck, you can’t remove them,” he says, except with the tool provided. This mount is designed for the roof or rear of the vehicle, will not damage the car, and is more suitable for light bikes.

For those who find it difficult to elevate their mount to such a height, there is a solution. Designed and designed in Quebec, the MOS UpLift is installed on the crossbars of a vehicle and is then equipped with a lifting system that facilitates the loading and unloading of bicycles, since this transport accessory can be easily moved towards itself.

Other models


The Thule GateMate Pro protects the tailgate and allows bikes to be attached.

Photo courtesy of Echo Sports

The Thule GateMate Pro protects the tailgate and allows bikes to be attached.

Various accessories keep bikes in place in pickup trucks, including Thule’s GateMate PRO, which offers the ability to attach multiple bikes to the vehicle’s tailgate while protecting them. The front wheel stays on the outside while the rear wheel rests in the truck bed.

For smaller budgets and less frequent transport needs, there are also mounts on the market that attach to the trunk of a car with hooks and straps.

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