How to Transport your eBike by Car

How to Transport your eBike by Car

While we are in the business of encouraging everyone to ride bikes instead of cars, we also know that sometimes riding isn’t the best option! Whether it's picking up your new Roadster from us, or you want to take your Roadster eBike on holiday with you – sometimes you need to transport your eBike by car. 

If you have a larger car such as a mid-size SUV and are driving alone, you may be able to put your Roadster in the car whole.  (Tip: removing the battery first makes it easier to lift and load).  However, if you do not have a large car, or the backseat is already occupied, then the simplest way to transport your Roadster eBike is to get a bike carrier for your car. 

For transporting an eBike by car, we recommend using a tow ball or hitch mount rack with bottom support.

This type of eBike carrier connects to the car via the tow ball and provides support for the eBike from the bottom up.  It treats the bike gently by taking all the weight on the wheels and only using the frame or seat post for staying vertical. 

In comparison, other bike racks carry the bike via its frame and effectively hold the bike in free air with no support underneath.  Whilst this is fine for a lightweight, non-electric bike, it is not suitable for the weight of an eBike and there is a risk of damaging your Roadster frame or seat post if carried this way.


What to look for when selecting a car carrier for your eBike.

There are countless bike racks and car carriers on the market, but they are not all created equal. Below are our suggestions of what to consider when purchasing a carrier for your Roadster eBike as well as some recommendations. 

 

Installing & Removing a Towball Carrier

These racks typically clamp onto the towball using a masterful lever-clamp (Tow Ball Rack) or fit right into the square tow ball hole (Hitch Mount Rack), no other fixings are required. This means they can be easily installed or removed.

 

Weight Rating

This is a very important spec to look at! The rack will need to be rated to carry the weight of how every many bikes you are planning to transport. To carry two Roadsters (which are approximately 25kg with the battery in) you’d need a rack with a load rating of 50kg or more.


Ramps

A ramp is an optional feature that allows you to wheel the bikes on and off the carrier. This can be quite handy if your car is a bit higher off the ground or you are unable to lift the frame.  

In general, we have found that since these racks are low to the ground for most cars, it is typically not too difficult to lift the bike directly onto the carrier.  Moreover, removing the quick-release battery of the Roadster prior to transport reduces its weight by 4.5kg, making it easier to lift.  

 Thule bike ramp

Boot Access

Most of these styled racks come with a tilt feature to enable you to tilt the bikes out of the way and access the boot. This is very handy if you plan to use the Roadster on holiday and need quick access to snacks!

Thule boot access

Product Recommendations

There are a range of brands that sell these types of racks. The following brands are the most well-known and highly regarded.  


PLEASE NOTE: We have not tried all these racks with one or more Roadsters. Some may not work if the attachment that keeps the bike vertical can only reach a frame cross-member – which the Roadster doesn’t have. If this attachment can be attached to the seat post then it should be fine.

 

THULE

Thule provide a range of Towbar and Hitch mounted racks:


Yakima

Yakima also provide a range of Towbar and Hitch mounted racks:

  • Towbar Mount:The hitch mount range is here and there are many in that range that are suitable for 50kg and above.
  • Hitch Mount: The hitch mount range is here and there are many in that range that are suitable for 50kg and above.

 

Where to Buy

We will be selling our recommended products directly soon, but in the interim some of the most common places to buy these racks include the sellers below.

Please Note: not all these racks have been tested with the Roadster; see note above about what to look for.

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