Bike Rack / July 21, 2018 / Avelaine Labrecque
Towing: This type of hitch mounted bike carrier will hold three to four bikes and can tow a load of 2000 to 3500 pounds at the same time. Ball Mount: This bike holder is for vehicles that have a bumper-mounted ball hitch rather than a hitch receiver. Bear in mind though that the weight bearing capacity of a cars bumper is less than it would be with the receiver. Most ball mounted do not fold. The trend of buying bicycle racks for cars has been increasing quite dramatically in recent months. This is not only to do with the high cost of gas but the growing popularity of a very family orientated sport.
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.
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.