Bike Rack / July 21, 2018 / Avelaine Labrecque
Your first decision should be if you are looking for a trunk or rear mounted bicycle rack or will you invest in a bike rack that is mounted on the roof of the car. This can be something that seems irrelevant but after purchasing it could turn into a major problem. Choosing a roof mounted bicycle rack protects the bikes finish from scratches. It will prevent most damage to the bikes frame. Having a roof rack will eliminate any visibility issues when looking in the rear. Backing up or parallel parking will never be an issue if purchasing a roof rack. Purchasing a roof rack allows you to access your trunk with ease.
Just recently I was shopping for a new roof bike rack and was surprised at how many options and styles were out there. I had to return two different racks before I found a style that met my needs and worked on my car. While shopping for my new roof bike rack I came across a few resources that I will use from now on to help with all my future rack needs. Choosing the best bicycle rack for your vehicle can be a timely and confusing process. It gets complicated trying to figure out which racks will work on your vehicle. Can you use a roof bike rack or do you need a trunk-mounted rack? Will you be able to carry multiple bikes at a time or are you limited to just one? Well youre in luck.
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.