Bike Rack / August 13, 2018 / Eglantine Laboissonniere.
Speaking of protection a bike that is transported from the rear will also not be damaged when the driver forgets the bike is on the roof and drives into a low ceiling garage. The best benefit of a hitch mount bike rack is the money it will save you on gas. A bike on a roof rack creates drag and cuts down on your gas mileage. A rear transported bike will not create the same kind of drag. If you have more than one bike there are versions of hitch bike racks that can accommodate up to 5 bicycles. Finally the ease of taking the bike on and off is very quick and you do not have to remove the tires-so you are ready to get cycling faster once at your destination.
Also there are bike racks that attach to receiver hitches. These racks are very convenient because you can remove them easily after use but you must have a receiver hitch to use this type. Again that adds expense. And if you have a pickup they also make bike racks for the bed of the truck. The type that I have been using for the last couple of seasons is the type that attach to the spare tire of my vehicle. These types of Bike Racks only work if you have a spare tire on the back of your vehicle. Usually these vehicles are SUVs. And my vehicle is a Jeep Wrangler so this was the type of bike rack that I decided to purchase.
The Top Brands for Hitch Racks In the hitch bike rack world it seems to be dominated by three manufacturers: Thule Saris and Yakima. There are others but these three seem to be the quality innovators. Other companies that offer good choices for the price conscious shopper include: Swagman Softride Hollywood and Draftmaster. Speaking of innovation Yakima has a hitch rack that over comes a big problem that is the downside of a rear mounting system. Because these racks are at the back of the vehicle it can make it difficult to get into the rear of the vehicle with the rack in place.
Tip 3: Where do you want the bikes to be racked? That is physically where do you wish to carry your bikes? Do you want a roof rack? How about something mounted on the rear of your vehicle? Maybe youd even like to install a hitch and pull a trailer bike carrier. (Now you know why Tip 1 was important: Knowing the vehicle youre using youve probably already decided this.) Tip 4: What size and shape are your bikes? Some of the fancier bike racks may be great for your $7000 high-tech Trek racing bike but how will they handle your kids 20-inch BMX off road bikes? Never consider a bike rack or bike carrier without thinking about how it will fit your specific bike or bikes.