What are the advantages of an overhanging carrier

Transport the bike correctly

There are several ways to transport bicycles by car. Roof or rear racks are best suited for this. We have put together what you should consider when assembling carriers and wheels and which regulations apply abroad.

Transport the bike with a rear rack

The car needs one for a rear rack trailer hitch or a stable tailgate approved by the manufacturer on which the carrier can be mounted. The carrier, which must have a follow-up label, is attached to the ball head. Also one Lighting system is mandatory if the rear lights are covered. The Load capacity of the carrier and the vertical load of the trailer coupling must not be exceeded - this is particularly the case when transporting heavy pedelecs. Further safety information can be found in the operating instructions for the car.

First fix the bike with the frame on the carrier rod, then lash the tires with loops. Finally, secure the bike with tension belts and remove attachments such as the air pump, battery or transport baskets. Important: The wheels may protrude a maximum of 40 centimeters over the rear lights, the car loaded with wheels may not be more than 2.55 meters wide.

When driving, the motto is: take your foot off the accelerator. Not only does the air resistance increase when transporting a bicycle, the cornering and braking behavior of the car also deteriorates. The ADAC experts therefore advise you to drive a maximum of 120 km / h and not to use tarpaulin. It is also advisable to stop briefly after a few kilometers to check whether the bike is still firmly seated.

Transport bike with roof rack

This also applies to taking a bicycle on the car roof. The prerequisite for this is a Roof rails or one recommended by the automaker Carrier system. The bike and carrier are allowed to permissible roof load do not exceed. Here, too, the bicycle frame must be screwed to the carrier before the wheels are fastened. A ceiling protects the roof from scratches during installation. Don't forget: the driver cannot see the bike, which can be a problem, especially in underground garages.

In general: Every carrier system should be tried out before purchasing. A rear rack is in principle easier to assemble and load than a roof rack. Attention: Before entering underpasses, (underground) garages and parking lots with locking beams, always think about the load. It is best to attach a warning notice in your own field of vision.

Rules abroad

If you take your bicycles with you on vacation, you have to pay attention to some special features abroad. Projecting loadthat protrudes to the rear beyond the total length of the vehicle entered in the vehicle registration document marked accordingly. The regulations in Europe are regulated on a country-specific basis and often differ greatly. In general, travelers should therefore find out in advance about the country-specific features of their holiday destination.

Attention: Even with rental vehicles (for example mobile homes with bike racks) the renter is responsible for the correct labeling of the rear rack. This is why the following applies here as well: Before starting your journey, always check which labeling is required in the respective holiday country and whether, for example, there is a corresponding warning sign in the rental vehicle.

Marking with warning signs

In some countries, such as Spain, Portugal, Italy, Austria, Slovenia and Belgium, there is also a protruding load with a special warning sign to be marked. However, this differs in type and nature depending on the country.

Also the maximum permissible overhang to the rear differs depending on the travel destination. For holidaymakers in Italy and Spain, for example, this means that a warning sign must be attached even if the rear bicycle rack is folded in and transported without bicycles.

Anyone who does not mark protruding cargo accordingly must be provided with a Fine calculate. In the event of violations of the loading and labeling regulations, this can vary depending on the type of violation. In Italy, for example, violations are punishable by fines ranging from 41 to 1697 euros.

Of course, the rules apply not only to the country you are traveling to, but also to the countries you are going through. For example, anyone who spends their holidays in Croatia and enters via Italy and Slovenia must also observe the rules for labeling bicycle racks in these countries!

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