Bike Rack / July 21, 2018 / Colette Plaisance
This is because the carrier is designed for general frames and not for ladies bikes kids bikes a tandem and so on. Be sure to ensure that your bike frame and size will be best suited to the rack you choose. 3. Choose a bigger rather than a smaller rack Bikers get so into their riding that they often rope the whole family in. So if you are planning on only getting a bicycle carrier for one or two bikes maybe think of getting one for 3 bicycles. They are not that much more expensive and you will most likely find yourself inviting a friend or family member along because you have the extra space for friends.
Always read the fine print!) If you need to be able to get in and out of your trunk while transporting your bikes then this option is a not for you! The entire trunk will be inaccessible once the carrier is fitted to the vehicle. 3. Hitch Mount Bike Rack This type of bike rack can be fitted to any vehicle that has a hitch receiver. Most are suited to a 2 inch receiver and some are for a 1 and ¼ inch receiver. I particularly like this option because no one can steal your bikes! Its also a lot sturdier. Some people worry that it will add too much weight to the back of the car but the rack is light and very strong. Its built to carry bikes but its not bulky. Some models (the more expensive ones) let you swing the rack away from the car so you have access to the trunk.
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.