Bike Rack / July 21, 2018 / Colette Plaisance
Tip 2: How many bikes will you usually be carrying with your bike rack? You might find a great deal on a 2-bike rack which would be perfect for you and a friend. But suppose you have a group of friends or a family and you want to carry 4 bikes on the rack? Likewise a great deal on a 4- or 6-bike (theyre HUGE!) rack isnt very "great" if you will never need to carry that many bikes. A bike rack thats too big can be cumbersome and nearly useless.
If you have a car with a hatch back and no hitch receiver your choice would be narrowed down to a trunk mount bike rack or the roof top bike rack. Now you need to check that the model you are going with will fit the car you drive. Also make sure that the rack includes all the extras like locks extra bars or straps if you need them. More expensive racks often have good padding for protection life time guarantees and good customer support but they dont always include all the parts you need. The fine print and reviews of most products will soon let you know.
There are a few different ways that bike rack companies employ to mount your bike to the rack. Some have handles that the bicycle will rest on then a strap or securing mechanism to keep the bike attached and safe while the car is in motion. Other racks have bars that attach to the wheels or different parts of the frame to minimize and possible damage to your bike frame. Additionally for bikes with unconventional frames you may have to get an adapter to be able to mount your bike on trunk mount bike racks that are made for standard sized bicycles. As you can see to find the perfect rear trunk bike rack its not as easy as finding one in your price range.