Bike Carrier / August 9, 2018 / Belda Beaudoin.
Failure to select the right bike rack can lead to possible safety hazards scratches on the vehicle and even damage or loss of the bike. Buyers need to take into account several other factors such as the height of the vehicle the shape of the frame of the bicycle importance of security to the buyer and the number of bikes they will be carrying on their vehicle. SUVs are larger and rounder than most other cars and need racks that are specifically for these models. Therefore buyers must consider from among the three main types of bicycle racks to decide upon the right bike rack for carrying bikes on their SUVs.
You can overcome this problem by taking off the front wheel but I am sure that you are already limited with space and the reason for getting a bike rack is to free up space in the car. The Hitch Mount Bike Rack The one way to avoid these two problems is to look into getting a hitch mount. You would have to go over to your local tow-hitch service center or garage and get a quote for a two-inch receiver to be fitted. Why would this hitch mount rack be more recommended than the trunk mount? Well first of all the fact that the bikes will be mounted on a bar which is free from the car means that you will have access to the trunk without having to take off the bicycles. Secondly the bikes are a lot safer because you can lock them to a bike rack and lock the rack to the hitch-receiver. Lastly bikes tend to be more stable and travel well on this type of rack. So it looks like the trunk and hitch mount racks come out tops. If you are concerned about security of your bikes and want to have quick access to the trunk then you can see which one is your best option already. Be sure to check reviews from people who have bought and used the rack.
In some circumstances cars have integrated crossbars fitted to start with. There are many manufacturers of this type of device but the most popular brands are Thule and Yakima. These type of racks can provide storage for up to five bikes and allow access to the cars boot or hatch. This way of transporting bikes can help protect them from getting scratched or clipping other cars or signposts however it is important to remember that your car has the extra height on top. Additionally it is sometimes a struggle to fit bikes onto the racks especially with bigger vehicles such as SUVs and people carriers.
Why A Yakima Bicycle Carrier? OK I know there are a lot of bike racks available in the market and it is sometimes mind boggling to decide which one to buy. Let me help you by telling you the pros and cons of a Yakima Bike Rack: Cons You have to mount it yourself Less flexible with the 5-bike option Bulky The Pros however far out weighs the Cons namely: Durable with a very sturdy frame Easy to install Easy on your paint Secures the bicycles firmly. Backed with a lifetime warranty Having pointed out the advantages and disadvantages I truly believe that a Yakima bicycle rack is a very good investment for cycling lovers because it is not only safe for your bikes but it also makes transporting it a breeze.