Best roof bike racks for cars: Travel with your bike in safety and style

Best roof bike rack - Yakima Highspeed with Orbea Orca Aero
(Image credit: Josh Ross)

The best bike racks for cars cover all three mounting methods. The best roof bike racks sit alongside trunk (boot) mounting and tow hitch mounting as the methods available to carry your bike securely on your car's outside. Roof mounting means that your bike doesn't impinge on passenger and load carrying space or your rear view. It won't obscure your licence plate either. 

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Josh Ross

Josh hails from the Pacific Northwest of the United States but would prefer riding through the desert than the rain. He will happily talk for hours about the minutiae of cycling tech but also has an understanding that most people just want things to work. He is a road cyclist at heart and doesn't care much if those roads are paved, dirt, or digital. Although he rarely races, if you ask him to ride from sunrise to sunset the answer will be yes.
Height: 5'9"
Weight: 140 lb.
Rides: Salsa Warbird, Cannondale CAAD9, Enve Melee, Look 795 Blade RS, Priority Continuum Onyx