Warning sign for rear bike racks when traveling to Italy

18. Mai 2024 um 15:29

Warning sign for 
rear bike carriers

Italy is also a popular holiday destination during the holiday season, especially Lake Garda and Lake Como are popular travel destinations. Both are also popular destinations for beautiful bike tours including Italian dolce vita. However, there are special rules in Italy for transporting bicycles on the rear bicycle rack.

Keep this in mind when transporting items with overhang

In Italy there is a basic rule for transport: goods being transported that protrude beyond the rear, trailer or rear bicycle rack must be provided with a warning sign. To do this, you should use red and white striped warning signs; you need at least one. However, if the goods to be transported take up the entire width of the vehicle, you will need two warning signs, which are attached to the left and right at the end of the goods to be transported.

Why warning signs are important for rear bike racks

In Italy, bicycles are classified as hard to detect cargo when transported on the rear bike rack. This makes it mandatory to mark this difficult-to-recognize load during the journey, especially if the load is wider than the vehicle, i.e. if your bikes on the rear bike carrier protrude beyond the width of the car. However, what is important is not the width of the vehicle from mirror to mirror, but rather the width of the vehicle measured at the tail lights.

Mark the rear bicycle carrier with a warning sign

Regardless of whether you transport your bikes on the rear bike rack in summer or your skis and snowboarders on the towbar for winter sports in the north of Italy, warning signs are mandatory in Italy. This regulation is independent of whether the rear bicycle carrier is illuminated and has a license plate. Previously, rear-mounted bicycle carriers with a so-called repeat license plate (the vehicle’s license plate is repeated on the rear bike carrier) were excluded from the warning sign regulation, but this is now also mandatory for such transports.

Choose the right warning sign

The warning signs you need for such cargo in Italy should be red and white striped and made of metal. The dimensions should be 50×50 cm. If you do not use a warning sign, violations of the labeling requirement are usually punished with fines; more rarely, only a warning is issued.

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Detachable towbar for Renault Espace VI

30. April 2024 um 8:57

Renault Espace VI

The Renault Espace is entering the next round with the latest model and, in the usual Renault style, offers a versatile, modern vehicle. With the appropriate trailer hitch, the Renault Espace VI from model year 05/2023 can also be easily retrofitted and turned into a towing vehicle.

Our range includes a suitable removable towbar with which the Renault Espace VI can be easily retrofitted. The removable trailer hitch can be removed by operating a rotary wheel when not in use.

The benefits of the detachable towbar for Renault Espace VI 05/2023 model

  • vertically detachable towbar, MVG towbar 2040 
  • No visible cut-out required 
  • automatic system removal by twist grip
  • automatic locking device when fitting

Technical data for detachable towbar

  • D-value: 9,4 kN
  • Towing capacity: 1672 kg
  • Trailer load: 85 kg

The detachable towbar for your Renault Espace 05/2023 model can be found in our MVG-shop. The item number is 0988 A.

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Ongeval met trekhaak – wat moet je doen?

21. März 2024 um 15:21

Ongeval met trekhaak

Bij een ongeluk zijn er veel dingen die door je hoofd schieten en waar je rekening mee moet houden. De trekhaak is daar (misschien) niet altijd een van. Wanneer je ergens tegenaan of frontaal op botst, heeft dit natuurlijk geen gevolgen voor de trekhaak, hoewel andere onderdelen van het voertuig zeker beschadigd zullen raken. Over de trekhaak hoef je pas zorgen te maken wanneer de achterzijde van de auto bij een ongeval wordt geraakt. Dus als iemand je van achteren aanrijdt of je rijdt iets te ver door bij het parkeren en belandt in de muur, dan moet je je zeker zorgen maken over je trekhaak.

Schade aan de trekhaak – reparatie vereist

In het geval van een kop-staartbotsing waarbij je trekhaak beschadigd raakt, moet je actie ondernemen. Een trekhaak kan niet gerepareerd worden. De reden hiervoor is dat reparaties en wijzigingen van welke aard dan ook niet zijn toegestaan en dat de garantie die we voor je trekhaak ontvangen en opsturen vervalt. Ook zijn er redenen in verband met de productaansprakelijkheid die het noodzakelijk maken om de trekhaak te vervangen.

Wanneer je van achteren door een auto wordt aangereden, is schade aan de trekhaak vaak niet echt zichtbaar. Als de lak beschadigd is, is dat op het eerste gezicht natuurlijk niet zo erg. Eventuele schade aan de dwarsstang of de zijkanten kun je echter niet met het blote oog zien.  Reparaties zelf uitvoeren wordt sterk afgeraden, en niet alleen om de reeds genoemde redenen. Bij doe-het-zelf-reparaties wordt niet voldaan aan de noodzakelijke procedures voor uitharding en afwerking die treksterkte en stabiliteit garanderen en die niet door jou of welke werkplaats dan ook uitgevoerd kunnen worden. Wanneer je achterkant en dus ook je trekhaak beschadigd is, mag je niet langer een aanhanger met de trekhaak trekken en moet je de trekhaak zo snel mogelijk vervangen.

 

Schade die door de trekhaak ontstaat

Bij een ongeval zoals hierboven beschreven, zal het andere voertuig zeker ook schade oplopen. Het zal vaak zo zijn dat jouw achterkant er veel onschuldiger uitziet dan de voorkant van de andere partij. Door de trekhaak op je auto is de kracht van de botsing van de andere partij op zijn auto op bepaalde punten veel sterker, zodat zijn auto zeker aan de voorkant zwaar beschadigd raakt.

Maar heeft de trekhaak invloed op de aansprakelijkheid van de verzekering? Op dit moment is hier geen officiële en algemeen geldende regelgeving voor. In paragraaf 30c van het Wegenverkeersreglement (StVZO) staat het volgende: „[…] er mogen geen onderdelen zodanig buiten de contouren van het voertuig uitsteken dat ze het verkeer meer dan onvermijdelijk in gevaar brengen.“ Dit betekent dat bij een verwijderbare trekhaak of een draaibaar model het uitsteken vermeden zou kunnen worden. Daarom adviseren we je met klem om de twee modellen alleen aan het voertuig te bevestigen of uit te vouwen wanneer je de trekhaak onmiddellijk wilt gebruiken. Anders kunnen er problemen ontstaan met de verzekering.

 

Our towbars for electric and hybrid vehicles (Part 3)

20. März 2024 um 11:29

In the third part of this series we will introduce you to other electric vehicles and hybrid models for which you will find the right towbars for retrofitting in our shop. Basically, just like other vehicles, electric and hybrid vehicles can be retrofitted with a trailer hitch and used for driving with the trailer or the rear bicycle carrier. But: For this, the vehicles must first be equipped with a registered trailer load by the manufacturer. If you would like to retrofit your model, then feel free to take a look around, but you also consider consulting your trusted car dealership about using your model as a towing vehicle.

 

Mercedes Citan MVG towbarThe Mercedes Citan (T-Class) from 09/2021 turns into a towing vehicle with our towbar

The T-Class from Mercedes offers a lot of space by default, but the model can be used in even more ways with a trailer hitch. Our trailer hitch is detachable and is operated via a rotary wheel. The towbar can be removed in just a few steps when not in use.

The values ​​of the towbar at a glance:

Towing capacity 1675 kg

Trailer load 90 kg

D value 9.4 kN

 

Nissan Townstar from 2021 – now with trailer hitchNissan Townstar MVG towbar

The Nissan Townstar can be easily retrofitted with the right trailer coupling: You will find the right towbar with us, which also fits electric models. Our trailer hitch is equipped with the MVG automatic system 2040, which enables uncomplicated operation and easy removal of the ball rod when not in use.

The values ​​of the towbar at a glance:

Towing capacity 1675 kg

Trailer load 90 kg

D value 9.4 kN

 

Suzuki Vitara MVG towbarSuzuki Vitara (LY) from 10/2018 – also retrofits the hybrid

The Suzuki Vitara is an evergreen among towing vehicles, you can also retrofit the hybrid version with the right trailer hitch. Our product range includes a detachable trailer hitch that does not interfere with the design of the Vitara and is easy to operate with just a few movements.

The values ​​of the towbar at a glance:

Towing capacity 1614 kg

Trailer load 90 kg

D value 8.5 kN

 

The removable trailer hitch for the Suzuki SX4 S-Cross from 01/2022Suzuki SX-4 S-Cross MVG towbar

You can also find us for the Suzuki SX4 S-Cross a trailer hitch for easy retrofitting. Our trailer hitch is detachable, so that the ball rod can be easily removed when not in use by operating a rotary wheel. The hitch can also be retrofitted to the hybrid model.

The values ​​of the towbar at a glance:

Towing capacity 1688 kg

Trailer load 90 kg

D value 8.5 kN

 

Dacia Jogger MVG towbarThe trailer hitch for the Dacia Jogger from 04/2022

Our trailer hitch for the Dacia Jogger is removable. To remove the ball rod, you simply use the rotary wheel of the MVG automatic system 2040: You only have to pull the rotary wheel to the right and turn it backwards, and you can remove the hitch if it is not needed. The Jogger tow hitch also fits LPG vehicles and does not require any cut outs in the visible area.

The values ​​of the towbar at a glance:

Towing capacity 1248 kg

Trailer load 90 kg

D value 7.5 kN

 

Detachable towbar for Renault Express

12. Februar 2024 um 15:44

Renault ExpressAs a spacious model, the Renault Express is versatile and can also be used as a towing vehicle with the appropriate trailer hitch.

We have a practical removable trailer hitch for retrofitting the Renault Express. Our towbar is equipped with the MVG automatic system 2040, which is operated via a rotary wheel. The tow hitch visually adapts well to the Express.

The benefits of the detachable towbar for Renault Express 03/2021 model

  • vertically detachable towbar, MVG towbar 2040 
  • No visible cut-out required 
  • automatic system removal by twist grip
  • automatic locking device when fitting
  • Opening the rear doors when towing is not possible

Technical data for detachable towbar

  • D-value: 7,5 kN
  • Towing capacity: 1253 kg
  • Trailer load: 85 kg

The detachable towbar for your Renault Express 03/2021 model can be found in our MVG-shop. The item number is 0962 A.

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Our towbars for electric and hybrid vehicles (Part 2)

18. Januar 2024 um 10:59

So that your hybrid or electric vehicles can also be used to tow a trailer, you can retrofit a trailer hitch at any time. This works with our products in just a few steps. Ease of use for you as a user is even more important to us than uncomplicated installation.

Notice this: Before you buy your trailer hitch for your hybrid or electric vehicle, be sure to get information from the vehicle manufacturer. Although trailer hitches are only developed for vehicles that also have registered trailer loads and are therefore approved as towing vehicles by the manufacturer, there is still no harm in a consultation in which you can clarify, for example, how high the trailer loads are or whether the vehicle in question is suitable for your purposes fits. For example, the range of your electric vehicle can change significantly when driving with the trailer.

For retrofitting the current Mazda, Nissan and Jeep models, we present our trailer hitches for an uncomplicated trailer ride below.

 

Jeep Wrangler MVG towbarThe trailer hitch for the Jeep Wrangler 4xe PHEV

The Jeep Wrangler 4xe PHEV from year of construction 2021 is an electric vehicle, as it says in the book. To become a towing vehicle, we have a practical detachable trailer hitch. Our towbar does not interfere with the modern design of Jeep’s stylish electric vehicle. The detachable hitch is operated by the MVG automatic system 2040 using a rotary wheel.

The values ​​of the towbar at a glance:

Towing capacity 1694 kg

Trailer load 120 kg

D value 9.5 kN

Retrofit the Jeep RenegadeJeep Renegade MVG towbar

Also for the Jeep Renegade from 07/2014 to 09/2018 we offer the right one towbar for hybrid models. Our trailer hitch is detachable, the system is operated via a rotary wheel. The required bumper cover is included in the delivery.

The values ​​of the towbar at a glance:

Towing capacity 1546 kg

Trailer load 80 kg

D value 8.7 kN

Jeep Compass MVG towbarThe Jeep Compass from 12/2016 with trailer hitch

In our range you will find towbars for both, the Jeep Compass Hybrid as well as for the Jeep Compass 4xe. Our trailer hitch for retrofitting is detachable, the ball rod can be removed by operating a rotary wheel. Unfortunately, the trailer hitch does not fit vehicles with a factory bumper cutout. With our trailer hitch, no visible changes to the Jeep’s appearance are required.

The values ​​of the towbar at a glance:

Towing capacity 1200 kg

Trailer load 110 kg

D value 10.4 kN

The Mazda CX-60 from 2022 as a towing vehicle with a suitable trailer hitchMazda CX-60 MVG towbar

For the Mazda CX-60 you will find a practical trailer coupling for retrofitting with us. Thanks to the MVG automatic system 2040, the detachable trailer hitch is easy to use, and the towbar can be removed in just a few simple steps when not in use. The hitch does not interfere with the look of the SUV and is also suitable for vehicles with an electric tailgate with hands-free control.

The values ​​of the towbar at a glance:

towing capacity 2500 kg

Trailer load 130 kg

D value 13 kN

Nissan X-Trail MVG towbarEquip the Nissan X-Trail (T33) from 2022 onwards 

The Nissan X-Trail (T33) is a modern SUV that follows its predecessor, you can also find the matching trailer hitch for retrofitting in our shop. This also fits ePower models and does not interfere with the look of the SUV. The trailer hitch impresses with its ease of use.

The values ​​of the towbar at a glance:

Towing capacity 2183 kg

Trailer load 100 kg

D value 10.5 kN

 

 

 

8 feiten over asbelasting bij aanhangers

13. Januar 2024 um 11:19

asbelasting

Wat is asbelasting eigenlijk en wat moet u erover weten? Wij hebben de belangrijkste informatie voor u samengevat en geven u een beknopt overzicht betreffende asbelasting. Natuurlijk bevat deze belangrijke informatie ook enkele tips over het rijden met een aanhanger en de invloed die de asbelasting tijdens het rijden heeft.

  1. De asbelasting wordt omschreven als de last die op de as van het voertuig drukt. Deze wordt van de wielen van een as naar het wegoppervlak overgebracht.
  2. Deze kan in feite op de volgende wijze worden berekend: Het leeggewicht plus de lading, d.w.z. de feitelijke massa, wordt door het aantal assen gedeeld en geeft dan de waarde van de asbelasting. Dit wordt in tonnen aangegeven en alle assen moeten altijd even zwaar worden belast.
  3. Als uw aanhanger daarentegen maar één as heeft, betekent dit ook dat de asbelasting gedeeltelijk op de trekhaak van de aanhanger rust en daar als kogeldruk gedragen moet worden.
  4. Als u met de aanhanger rijdt, moet u zowel de toegestane asbelasting als het toegestane totaalgewicht van het voertuig en de aanhanger in acht nemen.
  5. Er wordt onderscheid gemaakt tussen de technische en de wettelijk toegestane asbelasting. De eerstgenoemde is altijd gerelateerd aan een specifiek voertuig en wordt vastgelegd in de voertuigdocumenten. U vindt de belasting onder punt 7 in uw kentekenbewijs. Onder punt 8 wordt dan de wettelijk toegestane asbelasting vermeld. In oude kentekenbewijzen wordt meestal alleen de wettelijk toegestane asbelasting vermeld; als beide waarden worden vermeld, is de laagste waarde doorslaggevend.
  6. De asbelasting is bindend en mag niet overschreden worden. Het is de beslissende waarde als bijvoorbeeld een mogelijke overbelasting gecontroleerd moet worden tijdens een verkeerscontrole.
  7. Om een asbreuk te voorkomen, moet u de belasting altijd goed in het oog houden en de as niet te zwaar belasten. Ten tweede moet u de lading altijd gelijkmatig laden om een asbreuk te voorkomen. Hoe u op de juiste manier moet laden, kunt u in dit artikel lezen.
  8. Naast de waarden die in het kentekenbewijs vermeld staan, bestaan er ook wettelijke voorschriften voor de maximale asbelasting. Naast de waarden die in het kentekenbewijs vermeld staan, bestaat er ook wettelijke regelgeving voor de maximale asbelasting. De daar vermelde waarden gelden voor alle aanhangers met rubberen- of luchtbanden. Voor voertuigen en aanhangers met luchtbanden is de belasting op de volgende waarden vastgesteld (voor meer details, zie §34 StVZO (wegenverkeersreglement)):
    • Belasting bij enkelvoudige assen: 10 t
    • Belasting bij aangedreven enkelvoudige assen: 11,5 t
    • Belasting bij dubbele as en een kleinere afstand tussen de assen dan 1,0 meter: 11,5 t
    • Belasting bij dubbele as en een afstand van 1,0 tot 1,3 meter: 16 t
    • Belasting bij dubbele as en een afstand van 1,3 tot 1,8 meter: 18 t

Donation handover to the St. Josef House in Eschweiler

21. Dezember 2023 um 12:50

 Donation handover Haus St. Josef

Christmas time is also a time to do something good for others. We make a contribution to society every year, make others happy and get involved locally. This year we are supporting the Haus St. Josef in Eschweiler with a donation.

Haus St. Josef, founded in 1889, is a facility for children and young people which is particularly close to our hearts. As a children’s home, it offers various options for children and young people: A total of 100 children are currently living in inpatient residential groups, five of the eleven residential groups are housed in the residential buildings on site. Between six and nine children are living together in a residential group. Mr. Robert Wagner, managing director of Haus St. Josef, says: “We enable the children to have as normal an everyday life as possible; they experience community and at the same time have a place to retreat. Nowadays, almost all rooms avaiable for the kids are only single rooms; when the children’s home was founded, rooms for 6 children were still normal. Today we no longer only use our main house, but we also have outsourced properties, such as a farm.”

Diverse opportunities for children, young people and families thanks to Haus St. Josef

Donation handover Haus St. Josef

Not only has the layout and size of Haus St. Josef changed since it was founded by the nuns over 130 years ago, but so have the offerings. Apart from the children’s homes, there are also day-care and outpatient options, where children can be cared for. In the day-time part, the children spend their afternoon after school in Haus St. Hosef, in so-called day groups. “We pick up the children for the day groups at lunchtime after school and then they stay with us until the evening. This offers them a regular daily routine. Children who have problems in the family and need a break from everyday family life usually come to our day groups,” explains Robert Wagner.

The aim of the child, youth and family welfare is of course primarily to ensure that children do not have to leave their families. The outpatient offer is primarily aimed at families, children and parents who have problems at home and would like to get them under control together with professional help of the Haus St. Josef staff in their own homes. Around 100 families are currently looked after by Haus St. Josef throughout the city region. In addition, Haus St. Josef is also involved in organizing open all-day schooling at 10 schools in the Aachen city region. “We look after around 1,400 students at schools in Herzogenrath, Würselen, Eschweiler and Aachen,” explains Managing Director Wagner.

Support for special projects

The approximately 320 employees of Haus St. Josef Donation handover Haus St. Josefdo very important and very valuable, and unfortunately often very difficult, work, which we are happy to support with our donation. Mr. Wagner says: “We use donations like those from MVG to implement projects with and for children which are not included in normal care. Memberships in sports clubs, a new climbing frame or a soccer goal, equestrian therapy or excursions are examples of this.”

We would like to thank Mr. Wagner and the Haus St. Josef for the exciting and interesting insights on site and look forward to being able to continue following the development of the children’s home in the future.

 

Would you like to find out more? Then take a look at the Haus St. Josef website!

Our towbars for electric and hybrid vehicles (Part 1)

10. Dezember 2023 um 10:39

Many electric or hybrid vehicles are also suitable as a towing vehicle, provided the appropriate trailer hitch has been provided for it and the vehicle itself has been approved for this by the manufacturer. For example, a registered towing capacity is required. For detailed information on electric and hybrid vehicles and their use as towing vehicles, it is best to seek advice from the vehicle manufacturer or the car dealership you trust, get the necessary information before buying them.

Retrofitting a trailer hitch is usually not a problem, as with combustion vehicles. In our range you will find an increasing number of items that are also suitable for hybrid vehicles or electric variants, some towbars that have even been specially developed for these vehicles variants. Following we present the trailer hitches for the current models of the manufacturer Renault.

 

Renault Austral MVG towbarOur hitch for the Renault Austral E-Tech

For the Renault Austral E-Tech from 2022 onwards we offer a detachable trailer hitch in our shop. Thanks to the MVG automatic system 2040, you can easily remove the ball rod at any time – in case you don’t need the hitch. The trailer hitch does not require any visible intervention in the vehicle’s appearance.

The values ​​of the towbar at a glance:

Towing capacity 1936 kg

Trailer load 100 kg

D value 10 kN

 

The Renault Arkana E-Tech as a towing vehicleRenault Arkana MVG towbar

With our trailer hitch you can easily turn the Renault Arkana E-Tech into a towing vehicle: Our removable trailer coupling is operated using a rotary wheel, in just a few simple steps. You can easily remove it when not in use. The towbar also has a fold-away socket holder. If the towbar is not in use, you won’t see any hints towards the towbar on the chic Renault SUV.

The values ​​of the towbar at a glance:

Towing capacity 1653 kg

Trailer load 100 kg

D value 8.8 kN

 

Renault Kangoo MVG towbarRenault Kangoo III E-Tech from BJ 05/2021

The Renault Kangoo III simply becomes a powerful transport partner with the towbar from our range: The towbar with MVG automatic system 2040 does not require any visible intervention in the vehicle optics, all towbars with an automatic system lock automatically during assembly.

The values ​​of the towbar at a glance:

Towing capacity 1675 kg

Trailer load 90 kg

D value 9.4 kN

 

The detachable trailer hitch for the Renault Mégane E-Tech Renault Mégane MVG towbar

The Renault Mégane E-Tech can be retrofitted with our trailer hitch: Ours Trailer hitch is detachable, the ball rod can be removed by operating a rotary wheel. Only a few hand movements are required for this.

The values ​​of the towbar  at a glance:

Towing capacity 900 kg

Trailer load 80 kg

D value 6.6 kN

Renault Mégane Grandtour MVG towbarRenault Mégane Grandtour E-Tech from 2020

Exclusively for the hybrid, we offer you the right trailer hitch in the shop for an uncomplicated trailer ride. The detachable trailer hitch from our range does not affect the look of the Renault Mégane Grandtour E-Tech and is easy to use. Thanks to the uncomplicated assembly of the hitch, the hybrid becomes a towing vehicle in just a few steps.

The values ​​of the towbar at a glance:

Towing capacity 2120 kg

Trailer load 90 kg

D value 9 kN

 

Renault Captur II Hybrid from 10/2020 with trailer hitchRenault Captur MVG towbar

With our trailer hitch you can simply retrofit the Renault Captur II Hybrid: Our detachable trailer coupling is equipped with the MVG automatic system 2040 and can be easily operated by using the rotary wheel. The ball rod can be removed flexibly , but can also be locked at the same time.

The values ​​of the towbar at a glance:

Towing capacity 1718 kg

Trailer load 95 kg

D value 8.8 kN

 

Checklist for mounting the rear bike carrier

18. November 2023 um 16:27

Rear bike carrierOf course, rear bike carriers are particularly suitable for transporting your bikes. What you should consider when driving with a rear bike carrier in Germany, Austria or Switzerland, can already be read in our blog post. Today we are putting together a checklist for you to assemble and set up your rear bike rack.

This is how you mount your rear bike carrier

The rear bike carriers from our shop are all mounted on the ball rod. You use a practical lever system for this: If the lever for attaching the rear bicycle carrier is moved upwards, the carrier’s mouth opens. So you can easily put the carrier on the ball bar. By lowering the lever on the rear bike carrier, you close the lock, which then grips the ball bar and secures the carrier to it.

Many rear bike carriers have additional security in the form of a lock so that the lever system can no longer be opened when locked. You can tell whether the carrier is securely mounted by the fact that the rear bicycle carrier cannot be moved to the left and right.

Important: Make sure you have a third number plate ready for the rear bike carrier.

The best way to load the rear bike carrier

Loading the rear bike rack can be cumbersome, especially e-bikes are often very heavy and unwieldy. You can make loading easier with loading ramps, these allow you not to have to lift the bike, but to be able to slide it onto the rack. You should then first attach the bike frame to the middle attachment point of the rear bike carrier. This attachment point provides the most stability and allows you to have your hands free to attach the tires. With all attachment points, make sure that the contact surface of the attachments is as large as possible and that the bike is as straight as possible.

If you always transport the same bikes, you can of course leave the settings of the attachments as they are after the first ride and save yourself the effort for the next few times.

Safety first

It will of course be easier if there are two people to load the bikes. Then one person can hold the bike on the carrier, the second person can align and fasten everything. In any case, make sure that you tighten all fasteners well and align any pre-installed protection against scratching the wheel. With many rear bike carriers, the attachments are also lockable, so you can make sure that nothing can come loose while driving.