When shopping for a rack for your bike there are many things to consider. What will be compatible with your vehicle? Do you want to be able to remove it when not in use? How easy is it to use? What will work with your bike and your vehicle?Those are just a few things to consider. You may decide that you want a rack that is low profile, doesn't need to be removed when not in use, and that keeps your bikes up and out of the way when traveling with them in place. That would be where a roof rack comes into play.
Roof racks can be a convenient way to keep bikes out of your line of sight when you travel and they are barely noticeable when not in use.
Keep in mind that lifting a bike in place can take some muscle, depending upon what kind of bike you have and how much it weighs. For that reason, these racks aren't for everyone. Just like any style of rack, there are advantages and disadvantages to any rack system.
The racks on this list were chosen for there strength, ease of use, ease of installation, and versatility.
The Thule Sidearm will fit most any roof rack system and is an easy, secure way to take your bike along on your next weekend getaway. This rack secures your bike without any contact with the frame and is built to last. Read Full Review
When you are looking for a roof rack for hauling your bike out for the next big adventure you want maximum protection with minimal effort. The Thule Sidearm gives you all that and at a great price point, under $200. A secure hook and a ratcheting hook hold your bike in place and only touch the wheels. Nothing on this rack ever touches your frame. The Sidearm is designed to fit most any style of bike, including those with disc brakes. The double walled aluminum tray is corrosion resistant and designed to be strong.
The Yakima Forntloader is another versatile roof rack option for cyclists who would like the convenience of not removing the front wheel. This rack secures your bike without touching your frame and is slightly less expensive than the number one pick. Read Full Review
The Yakima Frontloader is another great option for those of you that don't want to remove the front wheel of your bike. This rack can be a little tricky the first couple of times but once you have used it a few times it is a breeze. It has a very secure front wheel mount and integrated lock system to keep your bike safe when you walk away. The Frontloader will handle bikes from 20-29 inches, road to mountain. This rack will fit on most any roof rack system crossbars.
The Inno Fork Lock III has a slim design and is lightweight. This rack will fit most any roof system and doesn't require tools to install. The price is right, at just over $100. Read Full Review
The Inno Fork Lock III is just what the name would imply, a rack that requires you to remove the front wheel. This rack will fit most roof mounting rack systems and you can tuck your front wheel in the trunk. No tools required to mount this and it includes locks and keys. The Fork Lock III is lightweight and easy to use. I personally think it is easier to use a roof rack with my front wheel off.
A very simplistic design from Thule, the Prologue 516 is easy to use and hardly noticeable when not in use. Remove your front wheel and secure the fork with the skewer and the back wheel with the strap. It can't much easier than that. Read Full Review
If you are looking for simplistic design and something that gets the job done, look no further than the Thule Prologue 516. This rack has a very minimalist feel to it but will keep your bike secure for the long haul. It features a ratcheting rear wheel strap and an easy to use stainless steel skewer with an oversized handle for the fork. It is compatible with most disc brake bikes as well.
The Rhino-Rack Mountain Universal fits most any size wheel and the front skewer is easily adjustable. This rack is another option if you don't mind taking your front wheel off. This rack may be less compatible with some standard roof rack systems than some of the other choices on the list. Read Full Review
The Rhino-Rack Mountain Trail can be used on either side of a roof rack system. It has a rear wheel strap and front skewer for the fork. It will fit disc or standard brake style bikes. The included locks, secure the rack to both the bike and the roof rack system on your car.