As most serious cyclists know, when it comes to transporting your bike, there’s no single one-size-fits-all solution as far as racks are concerned. The best rack for you depends on your individual circumstances. Luckily, each of the multitudes of bike racks out there is customized for a particular purpose and user. It’s up to you to determine which one best meets your needs.
Roof-mounted single bike carriers tend to be the lightest and simplest to use. In this review we’re going to delve into the features that make the CyclingDeal 1 Bike Car roof carrier worth considering for your next rack purchase.
The CyclingDeal 1 bike carrier is a solidly built rack that is mounted atop your car’s rooftop. It’s a frame mounted rack, which means it is clamped onto the bike’s frame rather than on the fork. It’s affordable and gets the job done as far as roof carriers go. However, the CyclingDeal rack comes with a host of issues that roof mounted racks can’t easily escape. For instance, cars are getting taller and so a roof mounted bike rack would only increase the car’s profile, which causes clearing issues.
Needless to say, this rack is ideal for shorter cars, especially sedans. Moreover, most cyclists who opt for rooftop mounted racks feel that the benefits outweigh the downsides. As with any rooftop rack, the major consideration when purchasing one is whether the rack will fit with the style of bars on your car.
In the rest of the post we take a detailed look at the features of the CyclingDeal 1 Bike car roof carrier, its benefits and potential downsides to consider before making a purchase.
Features & Setup
The CyclingDeal 1 bike carrier is as simple as they come. Unlike fork mount rooftop racks, this rack uses a frame holder to secure the bike’s frame in place. Needless to say, you don’t need to remove the front tire to load your bike. Obviously, this cuts down on setup time but also comes with some downsides. Notably, the setup adds a few inches to your car’s profile and this is going to be a huge height clearance problem.
If your car already has a high profile, you might want to think twice before opting for this rack. Height issues aside, this rack fits a range of crossbars in aero and square shapes. Top crossbar brands that fit with the CyclingDeal 1-bike carrier include Thule, Prorack, Rhino, and Rola, among others.
Setting up the rack is a breeze. First, you’ll need to install the crossbars if your car does not have them. The rack fits with bars of maximum thickness 1.6 inches and maximum width 3.2 inches. Once the crossbars are set up, install the rack; simply place it across the crossbars and clip it onto the bars and secure it with easy-to-turn bolts.
Then place the bike onto the rack. Angle the frame holder in such a position that the claw will easily pop around the bike’s frame. Roll the bike until the frame is nicely wrapped into the claw of the frame holder. Tighten the locking knob to secure the bike onto the frame holder. Note that the locking knob is just to secure the bike firmly onto the rack, not for security. It’s apparent that if someone wanted to steal your bike they’d have an easy time unloading it from the rack. However, since the bike is roof-mounted, someone would probably spot the suspicious activity and alert you.
Finally, fasten the tie down wheel straps to secure the wheels firmly onto the rack. Of course, unloading the bike is as easy as unfastening the knob on the angled frame holder to release the bike.
The bike mostly remains in place when driving but you don’t want to drive on bumpy roads as it’s certainly going to be noisy up there.
CyclingDeal 1 Bike Car Roof Carrier Rack Pros
- Lightweight and strong. No unnecessary extra weight is added to your vehicle’s weight.
- There’s no need to remove the front wheel since it’s mounted onto the bike’s frame. You mount the bike when fully assembled, which reduces setup time.
- It is very affordable. If you’re looking for a single bike carrier and price is your major deciding factor it’s hard to pass up this one.
- Great rack for kid’s bikes.
CyclingDeal 1 Bike Car Roof Carrier Rack Cons
- The first obvious downside of this rack is that it is severely limited. You can only carry one bike so it’s definitely not for serious hobby cyclists.
- Since the bike is mounted with both wheels on, you’ll have problems with height clearance given the car’s increased height profile.
- There’s always a risk of damaging your bike if you forget about the bike while getting into a space you cannot clear.
- As far as safety of your bike is concerned, this rack lacks features to thwart potential lifting of your bike from the rack.
- This type of mounting adds more stress to the bike’s frame. It’s therefore not ideal for certain types of frames.
- If you have a heavy bike, this rack (as with most roof mounted racks) is definitely not an ideal solution for you.
- The taller the bike, the greater the wobbling. From the various customer reviews we scoured through, wobbling was the main issue for tall bike owners.
- Seems limited to kid’s bikes. As already mentioned, this rack is not ideal for tall bikes, which makes it best suited to kids’ bikes mostly.
The CyclingDeal 1-bike carrier is an affordable bike rack for casual cyclists who seldom travel with their bike. This is a one-bike roof mounted rack that uses a frame holder rather than a fork mount to hold the bike. There are many issues you’d need to grapple with if you use this rack to carry a heavy or tall bike. It offers the most basic of features, which isn’t a surprise given its price point.
It seems to be best suited to thin road bikes or kids’ bikes and it’s definitely worth considering if you want to transport these kinds of bikes.