Bike Rack / July 22, 2018 / Corette Jolicoeur
Hitch mount back racks that fit into the receiver come in either 1.25-inch or 2-inch shank sizes so it is essential that you know the size of your receptacle. Consult the vehicle owners manual for this information. Many racks however can be adapted to fit either trailer hitch. The size and style of carrier you buy will depend upon the type and number of cycles you have to transport. Know the tongue weight (TW) of the bike rack you plan to buy which is not a difficult task as there are only two. The 1.25 TW (1.25-in shank) can safely carry one or two bikes while the 2 TW (2-inch) can handle up to five.
Some of the disadvantages of a roof rack are the height issue. Mounting the bike on a roof rack requires some type of ladder or step stool. Even using this type of assistance can become a major problem for shorter individuals. The use of a roof rack requires the driver to pay close attention to garage and bridge clearance. Failing to follow maximum clearance guidelines can result in car and bike damage or both. Using a roof rack creates wind resistance which can result in poor gas mileage. Roof racks also require a crossbar system that must be installed on your vehicle. Purchasing one can be time-consuming and expensive. Durability How often will you be using your bike rack? When you invest in a bicycle rack this is something that you should have in mind. If you are using it for an occasional use you will most likely be able to purchase a simple and cheap setup.
This will narrow down the number of racks you have to choose from. Depending on the number of bikes you select your mounting options will change. For instance if you select three bikes the only types of racks available are hitch racks or rear racks. If you want a roof bike rack you can only select a load capacity of one bike. Play around with your options so you get a good idea of which styles can carry different quantities of bikes. When youre ready to start looking at specific racks rather than just the bike rack styles you can scroll down the page and see which Thule racks are available in the style of your choice.