Bike Rack / July 21, 2018 / Belda Beaudoin
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.
The choice of many cyclists today is the hitch mount bike rack. Benefits of the Hitch Mount Bike Rack The last thing anyone wants to do after a long ride or race is to lift their bike high above their car and put it in a roof rack. Many of todays SUVs vans and trucks are taller than ever before. To hoist a bike onto a roof rack for those vehicles requires you play for the NBA or carry a ladder along with you. A hitch rack can be a great alternative as it usually requires hoisting of no more than shoulder height at best. A bike that is transported from the rear is protected from expensive damage that can occur with rocks bugs and other debris that can hit the bike while driving.
If you plan on using this rack for daily use or several times a week you should think about investing in a rack that is going to be durable. If you are going to be making a sizable investment you should be investing in something that can potentially last for years. Vehicle Specifications Taking a look at the type of vehicle that you own should be something to consider when purchasing a bike rack for your car or SUV. If you own an SUV purchasing a roof rack may not be a wise decision due to the height of the SUV. If you are leasing your vehicle you may want to check with the dealer to see if there will be any fees assessed for additions to the vehicle. The size and shape of your trunk can also be a deciding factor on the type of rack you purchase. Purchasing the correct bike rack is not difficult but it requires a thought process. How much money should you spend how often will you be using it and the type of vehicle you own should all be considered when you are doing your initial research. Once you have narrowed it down, go ahead and make that purchase with confidence.