Largest Range of Bike Racks in Adelaide
Whether you need to carry your bike on the roof or the rear of your vehicle, we have a range of bike racks to suit your budget.
Our experienced staff, who are also cyclists, will advise you about the options available and help you find a solution for your bike carrying needs. Due to the range available, a number of other bike racks are not listed here but are on display in our store.
Feel free to bring in your bike and try out our racks to see which one is best for you.
We also Hire Bike Racks
We have a range of bike racks for hire depending on your vehicle make and model. Call us before your next trip to discuss your needs and find out whether we have a bike rack to suit your car. You can also visit our hire page.
There are two main types of Roof Mounted Bike Carriers, Fork Mount or Wheel On Carriers. Both types have an option to lock the bikes on the roof, protecting your pride and joy against theft.
Fork Mount Bike Racks
Fork Mount Bike Racks sit your bike slightly lower on the roof of your car than what a Wheel On rack would. Although you have to remove the front wheel of your bike, there is the option of wheel carriers that also mount to the roof of your vehicle. The standard fork mount option is not suitable for all bikes, specifically those which have new “through axles”. However, Whispbar and THULE have options for “through axle” bikes. Whispbar have the WB200 Fork Mount carrier that suits 9 and 15mm “through axles. THULE’s Thru Ride and YAKIMA’s HighSpeed suit 9mm, 12mm, 15mm and 20mm through axles and includes a lock for the 12mm and above.
Fork Mount Adapters
Roof Rack City also stock a range of “Fork Mount Adapters” to convert existing standard 9mm bike racks to suit 12mm and 15mm through axles in both 100mm and 110mm BOOST configurations.
Wheel On Bike Racks
For those who love an off road adventure, Wheel On carriers mean that you don’t have to store your dirty wheel inside your car after a day in the mud. Not having to take the wheel off makes loading and unloading quick and easy, giving you more time to get out and ride.
Towbar mounted bike racks are available in two different designs, platform or hanging. Some carriers are only suitable for square hitch style Towbars, whilst others fit over the top of your towball.
Hanging Towbar bike racks generally strap around the top tube of your bike. This bike transport option works best for conventional bikes with a straight top tube, although it is not recommended for carbon fibre frames. Adaptors are available to fit step through style or slanted top tube bikes enabling you to transport almost any shape bike. Some racks tilt or swing for quick rear of vehicle access.
Platform carriers have the ability to carry a multitude of different bikes, from carbon racing rigs to your every day cruiser. As the name suggests, the wheels of the bike are strapped on to a platform and an arm extends from the unit that supports the bike. The carriers are simple to fit and remove from the towball. This style of rack has the ability to tilt out of your way whilst the bikes are loaded, allowing you to easily access the rear of your car. A stand out feature of the platform carrier is the integrated rear lights and number plate mount for optimal visibility and safety.
Rear Clip On
With no permanent fixtures, rear clip on bike carriers provide an option to carry bikes on your Hatchback vehicle without having to install roof racks or a tow bar. It is essential to have one of our professional team members size and fit the rack as it may not suit vehicles with spoilers or aluminium tailgates.
Caravan – Drawbar
Perfect for the travelling lifestyle, fixing a bike rack to your caravan enables you to maximise space for all of your holidaying needs. The bike rack is tucked away over the draw bar and fully tiltable, giving you access to your storage space whilst installed. The bikes wheels are strapped in and sit on a platform and the stabilising bars for each bike extend out from the base unit.
Caravan / Motorhome / Camper – Rear
Carrying bikes on a standard towbar mount bike carrier at the back of a motorhome or caravan can cause most bike carriers to fail. Both THULE and YAKIMA make bike carriers that are specifically strengthened for this purpose.
Along with our wide range of rooftop carriers, we also stock and fit a range bike carriers that enable you to transport bikes with your Ute. There are options for both on Ute lid and in tray transport.
Ute lids vary, some vehicles have Sports Bars (like in the picture) , so each bike rack installation is a custom setup. Please contact us to discuss the options for your vehicle.
Ute tray mounted bike racks are also customised and like the ute lid bike racks, depend on the vehicle and the bikes.
Call in and discuss your ute bike rack needs with one of our team. They’ll be happy to discuss the possibilities.
Bike rack number plates & lights
SA Government Legislation requires that if you have a bicycle rack attached to the back of your car – you’ll need a bike rack number plate. A bike rack plate must be displayed if a bicycle rack obscures your rear number plate. If your rear number plate is not easily visible, you are driving illegally.
You can either:
- Fit a BIKE RACK NUMBER PLATE or
- Remove the existing plate from the rear of the car and fit it to the bike rack
The BIKE RACK PLATE is the same as your vehicle plate number but it has black lettering on a white reflective background with the slogan ‘SA CYCLE INSTEAD’ on the bottom of the number plate.
Between sunset and sunrise or during periods of poor visibility, the number plate on the rack must be illuminated with a white light, making the number clearly visible from a distance of 20 metres. This light must not project light to the rear of the vehicle, other than reflected light.
When you are carrying bicycles on your rack, if the brake lights or indicators on the motor vehicle are not visible from a distance of 200 metres under normal weather conditions, you must attach additional lighting to the rack, which is visible from 200 metres.
RHINO RACK have a combined number plate holder and light board that attaches to your bike with velcro straps. The board connects to the trailer light socket on the vehicle.
YAKIMA make a more basic product called the PlateMate.
- If you are looking for the easiest way to attach your mini number plate to your bike rack, Yakima’s PlateMateTMaccessory number plate holder complies with all the relevant Australian state regulations and is super easy to install with the Velcro straps included.
Bike Plates can be ordered either in person at Service SA centres or DPTI Motor Registration offices. Alternatively they can be ordered online at www.ezyreg.sa.gov.au.
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We have extensive experience in delivering multi-bike carrying options for event support vehicles.
Our experienced staff can provide advice around off the shelf and custom options to suit event support vehicles.
Our team supports non-profit organisations to deliver bike based events including Bank SA Foundation and Bike SA