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How Do You Use Your Rear Bike Rack?

How do you use your rear bike rack? A rear bike rack is used as a support to carry light cargo on your bicycle.  You can strap down things directly to it with tow Straps or you can attach a crate, box or basket to it. Installing a rear bike carrier on your bicycle is convenient. It saves you time trying to ride with a heavy backpack or having a loaded bag swinging off the side of your handlebar.

Carriers for your bike rack come in different sizes and materials. They can be metal, plastic, wicker and woven fibers, it all comes down to what you want to carry.

In today’s post, we are going to talk about 5 ways how to use a rear bike rack.

5 Ways To Use Your Rear Bike Rack

Riding With Your Pet

With a dog bike basket hookup to your rear rack you can take your canine friend with you wherever you ride. A pet bike basket is made specifically for a bicycle with soft padding and cushioning for your pet.  These baskets features attached safety straps or mesh tops to prevent your pet from jumping overboard and pockets to carry treats and toys.

Rear-Mounted Child Bike Seats

Schwinn Deluxe Bicycle Mounted Child Carrier

If you have a small child you can install a rear-mounted child bike seat on top of your bike rack. This is a creative, safe and comfortable way for your child to join you whenever you ride.

A child bike seat looks like a car child seat and can carry a child 9 months up to age 6 or 48 pounds.  Therefore, before you install a child seat make sure to check the weight capacity of your rack. It must be able to safely support the weight of your child.

Some features of a rear rack mounted child bike seat include 3-point safety strap, adjustable footwalls, backrest and protective guard to protect your child from moving parts.

When out riding with your child remember, always be careful and practice safety at all times.

Carry Your Groceries By Bike

Topeak Trolley Tote Folding Basket

Grocery shopping by bike is fantastic alternatives for shopping for food and stuff. Providing that you have a rear bike rack you can attach a basket or crate to it and carry your grocery load behind you. Bicycle baskets or crates eliminate the need for riding with one hand on the handlebar and the other holding your groceries.

Crates and baskets

Some of the best rear bike crates and baskets come in different shapes and sizes and are made from metal, plastic or wood. Folded crates are convenient for storage between trips.  The sides are designed to be folded flat after use.


Consider Using Bike Panniers on Your Mounted Bike Rack

ArcEnCielWater-Resistant Bike Panniers

Another way to use your bike rack is by attaching a bike pannier to it. A bike pannier is a bag or basket that’s usually sold in pairs, which can be easily slung over your rear mount bike rack.

Depending on your needs there are panniers that can be used for touring, commuting, groceries shopping or picnics. Most panniers are waterproof or water resistance so you can store in it things like your jackets, gym clothes, food, books, maps, and tools

Use It for Carrying Your Backpack


Riding with a backpack on your back can cause you to sweat and if loaded can cause harm to your back. If you commute with a loaded backpack over your shoulders you can consider strapping it down to your bicycle rack with tow straps or a couple of bungee cords.

Now that you have so many options to use your rear bike rack, how about a seat. Check out this article for the most comfortable bike seats , track route with a Smartwatch for Tracking Cycling or capture the action with a compact camera for cycling.

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