Best Way to Transport Bike on New Beetle
Hello, I am new and have been scouring the internet for the best answer to my burning question. I am not a mad cyclist but I do enjoy to go on a bike trail when time and weather permit. I have a basic lady's Schwinn bicycle that I need to be able to get from my home to the bike trail, since the roads around where I live are not biker friendly and I am scared to ride on the roads, anyhow.
I drive a 2001 VW Beetle and have found it difficult to transport my bike anywhere. I almost fit the entire bike inside of my car once but the trunk came open while I was going down the road (perhaps I could attempt this again since I am only transporting one bike?).
Then I bought a bike rack that was mounted on the trunk and I had to buy a special strap (I forget what it was called) in order for it to fit properly because of the weird shape of the car. Well that system was not only unstable but a real pain in the butt to get on and off. I never did figure it out and I never attempted to put a bike on it and take it anywhere.
So I am looking to get something a little more sturdy and permanent on the car. I have thought of either 1) getting a trailer hitch installed and purchasing a hitch-mounted bike rack, or 2) getting a bike rack installed on the top of the car.
The sad thing is that the bike trail that I like to ride on is only a 10-minute drive from where I live! :p
I have read pros and cons of both and it has left me utterly confused and frustrated. I don't want to spend a fortune if I don't have to, but I don't want something that is going to injure my car or be a pain in the butt either.
Please offer the best advice possible! This is how I'm planning on spending my tax rebate whenever it gets here..... :D