Built to expand your hauling capacity without sacrificing leg room, cargo carriers allow you to transport 120 pounds of I-can’t-fit-it-anywhere-gear to your destination. But to transport it, you’ve got to keep it contained and secure.
When it comes to accessorizing your cargo carrier, there are a lot of options out there. That’s why we turned to our resident cargo carrier expert, and bike rack Category Manager, Kellen Pagel, for insight.
An avid mountain biker, he spends a lot of time on the road exploring new trails with bikes, gear, and passengers, both human and canine, in tow. Keep reading for his recommendations.
Cargo Carrier Accessories
The Waterproof Case
“It’s a nice, waterproof space to put tools, riding gear and extra parts,” says Kellen. “This box has been a really, really nice addition to our trips and has allowed us to leave the roof box behind.”
Whether you’re camping, vacationing or simply in charge of this week’s soccer snack, chances are you’re traveling with a cooler. These keep-it-cold structures take up precious in-car space, which is why we prefer to tote ours on a cargo rack.
“The Yeti Tundra 125 is the perfect fit on Saris cargo carriers,” Kellen confirmed. “Really, any Yeti looks nice – and this is the largest one that fits.”
If you’re transporting gear, then you’re going to need to secure it with tie-downs. That’s why both the SuperClamp EX 2-Bike + Cargo and Cargo Accessory feature raised side rails and tie-down points. Put them to use with Kellen’s recommendation, Rhino USA ratchet straps.
“The soft loop straps that come with this set really help get the Yeti cooler properly tied down, yet still be able to open the lid,” he said. “They might be a bit overkill for strapping down a cooler or cargo case, but they work really well.”