How-To Guide

How to Install a Roof Bike Rack

Sometimes local trails just aren’t enough. If you’re looking to ride further afield, a rooftop bike rack can help you easily transport your bike without increasing your vehicle’s footprint. Roof-mounted bike racks are designed to fit snugly on your crossbars and can be installed and removed in a few simple steps.

Here, we’re using the Apex Premium Roof Bike Rack to demonstrate how most roof bike racks install. Although most rooftop racks set up similarly, alternate styles are available depending on your preference. Check out all of our roof-mounted bike racks for options that include vacuum-mounted, fork-mounted and wheel-mounted designs.

Inspect and prepare all components
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Inspect and prepare all components

Identify that you have all of the pieces in your kit, then insert the skewer into the hole located on the front housing and secure the nut. This is where you will attach your front wheel frame later on.


Anchor the bike rack to your vehicle’s crossbars
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Anchor the bike rack to your vehicle’s crossbars

Position the roof rack onto the vehicle’s crossbars and attach the snit-skid plates so they are perpendicular to the crossbars. The front crossbar should sit in between the four front mounting screws of the bike rack. The rear crossbar should sit between the two rear sliding screws. Get all screws are in position before installing the knobs.


Position and secure the bike to the bike rack
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Position and secure the bike to the bike rack

Remove the front tire and mount the fork onto the skewer, taking care to tighten it into place and closing the lever for maximum sturdiness. Fit the rear wheel into the wheel holder, sliding the holder as needed to get the most secure fit, then tighten the wheel holder knob in place. Use the ratchet strap to secure the rear wheel, taking care not to over-tighten it.


Double-check all connections
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Double-check all connections

Before you drive, do a quick check for all knobs and straps. The bike rack should be firmly anchored to your vehicle, and the bike should be secured to the rack.