Top 10 Tips - Carrying
It's great to take your bike with you when you go away, especially with the family. They are however very delicate and space consuming.

  • Trains are reasonably acceptant, but check before your travel.
  • If you are on your own and have a hatchback, remove the front wheel of your bike and put it in the back.
  • Roof bars and bike on the top of the car saves all of the hasstle of additional tail lights; but regularly check how secure the bike is. You will get a maximum of 3 on top of your car. If you have a 4 x 4, you'll need some help and ladders.
  • Sitting your bike on a towbar bracket is a good way to travel; you will need additional tail light. You may have issues opening the boot however.
  • If you are really struggling, use a strap system which sits on the boot. But regularly check the straps and don't speed. You really wouldn't want the bikes to come off.
  • As a family of 4, you'll need some patience with 2 bikes on top and 2 bikes on the back. Once you have arrived and set up the bikes, you might not feel too fit for the ride!!! Leave plenty of time.
  • Weekend tours are great fun, check the Sustrans website. You can easily cover 100 miles in a weekend if you prepare well. Get someone to drop you off and cycle home - great fun!!! BUT TO ENJOY A DAY IN THE SADDLE, YOU WILL NEED TO GET YOUR BUM READY FOR THE EXPERIENCE.
  • Take a few good tools with you - a good pump/spanners and spare inner tubes can save an otherwise disappointing trip away.
  • Remove your accessories before you travel with the bike on your car - they can work loose or get full of rain.
  • If your bike gets wet, dry it and lube the chain when you get to your destination. Or it will be rusty when you next need it.


It's great to take your bike with you when you go away, especially with the family. They are however very delicate and space consuming.

  • Trains are reasonably acceptant, but check before your travel.
  • If you are on your own and have a hatchback, remove the front wheel of your bike and put it in the back.
  • Roof bars and bike on the top of the car saves all of the hasstle of additional tail lights; but regularly check how secure the bike is. You will get a maximum of 3 on top of your car. If you have a 4 x 4, you'll need some help and ladders.
  • Sitting your bike on a towbar bracket is a good way to travel; you will need additional tail light. You may have issues opening the boot however.
  • If you are really struggling, use a strap system which sits on the boot. But regularly check the straps and don't speed. You really wouldn't want the bikes to come off.
  • As a family of 4, you'll need some patience with 2 bikes on top and 2 bikes on the back. Once you have arrived and set up the bikes, you might not feel too fit for the ride!!! Leave plenty of time.
  • Weekend tours are great fun, check the Sustrans website. You can easily cover 100 miles in a weekend if you prepare well. Get someone to drop you off and cycle home - great fun!!! BUT TO ENJOY A DAY IN THE SADDLE, YOU WILL NEED TO GET YOUR BUM READY FOR THE EXPERIENCE.
  • Take a few good tools with you - a good pump/spanners and spare inner tubes can save an otherwise disappointing trip away.
  • Remove your accessories before you travel with the bike on your car - they can work loose or get full of rain.
  • If your bike gets wet, dry it and lube the chain when you get to your destination. Or it will be rusty when you next need it.


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