Top Tips: Get a nice rack, stick your bike in a bag, or pop it in a box.
High quality racks at decent prices are becoming the norm, so there is no excuse for securing your 3K rig to the rails with zip ties and a blanket. Whether you go roof, trunk, or hitch, do spend the extra coin for the locks and keys, or your trip to the Back 40 will end at the Motel 6.
Roof rack. Front wheel removal more stable and lower profile for SUVs. Still a no-go for parking garages.
Truck rack. Most affordable. Folds aways when not in use. Better then roof rack for gas milage. Less secure than hitch rack.
Hitch mounted rack. Most expensive option including the hitch mount. Easiest to load and lock. Better than roof rack for MPG.
If possible, invest in a decent quality bike bag (less expensive bike box method covered below).
Travel by air, deflate the tires by 75%. Possibly deflate the suspension (check with manufacturer for details).
Remove rear derailleur. Afix to inner chainstays with zip tie.
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