Bike Rack / August 14, 2018 / Garland Montminy.
Remember the purpose of the rack is to get your bicycles safely securely and conveniently to and from the rides. When you start bicycling usually you begin by your home. But when you get more serious about biking you might want to ride in different areas. That means you will probably need to get a bike rack for your vehicle to open up your bicycling opportunities. There are many types of bike racks and they all work well but it depends on what type of vehicle you have. There are racks that attach to the trunk or rear hatch of a car. There are racks that attach to the roof of your vehicle (these racks offer more versatility for other items such as skis or cargo but can be rather expensive).
I would also suggest getting a receiver bike rack that fits both Class 2 and Class 3 hitches. You cannot get Class 3 hitches for all vehicles and if also makes it easier to move the hitch to other vehicles such as your friends car because its their turn to drive. Some other issues to keep in mind when using bike racks. First when you have 2 or more bikes on you bike rack they will probably rub together and scratch you bikes. There are accessories that will help you keep your bicycles away from each other but I have not used them "yet". And second some smaller mountain bikes will not fit on your bike rack.
If you have more than one type of bike to tow the best choice for transport is the tray hitch mount rack which accommodates all types of bikes and can carry up to four safely. Look for locking features in the bike rack you buy. Most will have a method of locking the bikes in place and also a pin for locking the rack securely to the trailer hitch. You will also want to consider a rack with anti-vibration technology to prevent your bikes from banging together on bumpy roads or worse bumping against your vehicle and damaging the finish. Hitch mounted bike racks are the least expensive way to carry your expensive bikes.
The idea is to safely carry your bikes without at the same time doing any damage to the body of your vehicle. Of all the methods available for bike transport by far the easiest to use and least expensive are the hitch mounted bike racks. These carriers fit on or in the trailer hitch of your vehicle and are a snap to install or remove. Most are heavy duty steel construction making them durable to withstand many long road trips. Bike Rack Basics Hitch mounted bike carriers fit on the trailer hitch of your vehicle either the hitch receiver or the ball affixed to the bumper.