Many people think that it is forbidden to take the bicycle inside the car. It’s not like that. For starters, one can carry it in the trunk, of course. As this is not always possible, one can put it in the cabin, provided it is completely isolated from the passenger seat, or conveniently anchored. We say this because the NHTSA ensures that there is a worrying general ignorance of the regulations, 90% do not know what penalty is a bad transport of the same.
In general, a penalty of $100 may be applied for improper transport of the bicycle but may increase by 30% depending on some aggravating factors. Or more, as some cargo conditions can be classified as negligent driving, becoming a serious infraction with a $200 penalty.
It is not something trivial. The NHTSA warns that a bicycle inside the car can hit the occupants with a force of 500 kg in an accident at 56 km / h. Having an accident with a bicycle inside the car is very dangerous. We advise you to take all these precautions:
- The bicycle must not obstruct the visibility of the driver.
- Avoid the bulb touch or stay near the driver’s seat.
- Try that the bike can hit the moons of the vehicle, even with an abrupt movement.
- Secure the bike with some retention element that prevents it from moving in curves, brakes, potholes
- Carry the bicycle inside as a last resort, only for short and sporadic trips. When you transport one or several car bulbs regularly, you should consider acquiring an exterior transport system such as the ones shown below, for which Buena experts have advised us, who knows how well you need for your car.
It is the most popular system for two reasons: they are the most economical and because you can leave them installed without disturbing too much (beyond shaving the aesthetics, change the behavior of the car and increase consumption). Once disassembled, they hardly take up space, a factor that many people value
Against it, which impairs the aerodynamics of the vehicle (which affects dynamic behavior and consumption) and that having the bike on the car will increase the total height of the vehicle, and you should be very careful when entering areas with low roofs (garages, service station)
Rear hatch carrier
It is a system of articulated bars to carry several bikes (normally, between two and four), which is installed in the back of the car, holding it with hooks and tapes. They are also very cheap (you also find them without a problem starting at 60 euros) and compared to traditional cows; it is much easier to get on and off the bikes.
They also have their problems. To start, you need more space to store them when you don’t use it, and its assembly is more complex ( access to the trunk is also limited, keep that in mind). Carrying cargo protruding from the rear of the vehicle also implies meeting certain standards, such as signaling the cargo correctly (with a V-20 plate, a square panel of red and white stripes). Also, it can cover neither the license plate nor the rear pilots and neither stand out on the sides of the vehicle (the mirrors count). Failure to proceed correctly, the fine can amount to 200 dollars.
Trailer ball carrier
They require to install a tow ball previously. And it is that on it the platform is installed, where the bikes attached with tapes or tweezers. This platform usually has its pilots and license plate holder. It is easier to get on and off the bicycles, and allow you to open the trunk.
Its cons, the high price (cost around 160 dollars, to which you must add the cost of installing the tow ball) and increases the length of the vehicle, which will make it more difficult to park. And they occupy theirs once you disassemble them when you don’t use them.
Exclusively designed bicycles bumper
We knew years ago this system, exclusive to Opel and that new car from Opel, from the Corsa to the most familiar. It is an integrated platform under the boot floor, which hides under the rear bumper. It is very easy to remove the platform, place the pilots and climb on it up to bicycles, besides it does not take up space in the storage room or garage when you do not use it. Opel says that it is the system for transporting bicycles that least affects the dynamic behavior of the vehicle and saves up to 2 liters of fuel compared to roof racks. Its price starts at 460 dollars (varies depending on the vehicle), much cheaper than a tow ball, the most similar.
It has its cons. To start, you can only order it in a new one since it must installed at the factory. And eye, which also means giving up the spare wheel.