Ready, steady, holiday – and don't forget the bikes!
Every year the same discussion: where to go on holiday and how to travel? Train, plane, boat or car? However you decide to travel, one thing is for sure – no holiday is complete without the children's bikes. After all, who wants to spend so much time away from their faithful two-wheeled companion? These days, more and more people are discovering cycling as a way of providing action and adventure on holiday. Bikes are also popular on city breaks, where they provide a quick and easy alternative to long walks from one place to the next. Moreover, holidays are a good opportunity to work on bike-handling. Just look at Arthur! In beautiful Rio De Janeiro, with its stunning backdrop, he is hard at work practising his bike-handling skills with his training set.
But hang on a moment! Let's start at the beginning. Sure there are lots of advantages to having a bike on holiday, but the question of how to transport it is an important one and depends very much on how you are travelling. For those holidaying with a car, we have taken a closer look at three different options we would like to present to you. In each case we have identified the most important things to bear in mind.
IMPORTANT! Before heading off, make sure you are familiar with the road traffic laws in all the countries you are travelling through as well as in the country where you will be spending your holiday. If you don't, then you run an unnecessary risk of being punished for breaking the law. In some cases there are big differences between countries. For example, there can be different legal requirements when it comes to ensuring bikes mounted on the car are easily visible. There may also be differences in the maximum permitted (total) height and/or length of the vehicle. Bear in mind that not all bike racks are compatible with every car. Take a close look at the information about the car and bike rack. If you decide to use a rack which mounts the bike(s) on the rear or the roof of the vehicle, don't forget to remove any accessories or additional components which may become loose. This is important for safety.
First of all, bear in mind that when it comes to rear racks there are differences from country to country concerning the provisions, lighting and how the bikes must be made easily visible. The majority of rear rack systems require the vehicle to have a tow bar. There are specifications about the maximum total weight. These must be adhered to at all times. Once the bike rack is mounted on the car, the driver must bear in mind that the additional weight and drag will have an effect on the braking and steering of the vehicle. As you can see on the picture, rear racks are a great way to transport bicycles of all sizes.
As mentioned before, not every system is compatible with every car. When it comes to roof racks, car manufacturers often recommend specific systems. If you follow these recommendations you will be on the safe side and won't have to spend time looking up things like the maximum permitted total weight. A roof rack changes the height of the vehicle, which will have an effect on steering and braking. Bear this in mind when driving.
Dismantle and stow
Our third and final option costs nothing, unlike number one and number two, but takes up more space inside the car. Dismantle and stow is especially popular with children's bikes because of their relatively small components. It is quick and easy to do, even for people with little knowledge about bikes. When it comes to our woom bikes, both the front wheel and the handlebars can be easily removed. Depending on how much space you have in your car, you can also remove the pedals quickly and easily. All you need is a hex key and a spanner. Both are provided together with the bike.