The wish list

Five of the best bike holders - from budget to blow-out

Prices range from £40 to £675

1

Saris Bones EX 2-Bike

Saris Bones EX 2-Bike

This is far easier to load than roof-rack rivals, because it holds bikes clear of the car at chest height; since it doesn’t require a tow bar, it’s also cheap and can be swapped between cars at will.

2

FWE Three-Bike

FWE Three-Bike

If you’ve got a hatchback and need a rack for the odd family excursion, this affordable and sturdy option is your best bet. It rests on the back of the car using straps and cushioned pads – but it won’t work on convertibles or cars with rear spoilers.

3

Pendle Hang On Bike Rack

Pendle Hang On Bike Rack

Bikes rest easily on the extended arms of this tow bar rack: it’s durable, carries up to four bikes at a maximum load of 60kg, and comes with a light and number plate panel. The kit also includes a 3m strap and two 1.5m straps for extra protection.

4

Halfords Advanced 1

Halfords Advanced 1

It’s not the most attractive, but this roof-mounted rack is a great choice for those on a budget and with kids bikes. It features four mounting straps that latch to most cars, and foam pads to protect from wear and tear.

5

Thule EasyFold XT 2

Thule EasyFold XT 2

This smart but pricey rack takes the trouble out of lifting heavy e-bikes. It has removable and adjustable arms that click loudly at the right tension to ensure the frames don’t get damaged, and can be easily folded up and stored in a garage.

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