- 03 Mar 2017
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Gearing Up for the Cape Town Cycle Tour?
1. If you're travelling alone, bundling your bike inside your vehicle (and of course the Mercedes-AMG G 63 is the perfect ride for the job) is best, as it doesn't increase aerodynamic drag or up your fuel consumption.
The risk with cabin transport, though, is that emergency braking can turn your bike into a dangerous projectile. To minimise this possibility, use the load bay latching points to secure it with a ratchet strap system. And add a rubber mat to prevent soiling your SUV's cabin trim.
2. A roof rack has the most severe fuel consumption penalty (12-25%) – and there's always the risk of destroying your bike by underestimating the clearance of tree branches on a rural road, or the ceiling height of an underground parking garage.
3. Mercedes-AMG brand ambassador and legendary Canadian freeride mountain biker Richie Schley prefers the towbar bike rack solution. This prevents the admin of misplacing crucial bike components – such as axles – when removing wheels to make a frame fit in the car.
If you're driving a Mercedes-AMG SUV, it's crucial to consider how close those powerful exhausts are to your bike's wheels when secured on the rack. Closer than 45cm and you risk melting your wheels in the heat blast! Use a three-bike rack configured to its highest possible clearance and stack your two-wheeler furthest away from the exhaust.