Bike Rack / July 21, 2018 / Avelaine Labrecque
Some trunk racks come pre-assemble which is ideal. There are many parts that come with car racks for bikes and having to not have to assemble the unit is great. Also you need to consider whether you can store the bike carrier in your trunk while not in use or is there a secure and safe way to leave it on. Being able to leave your bikes on the rack while attached to your trunk is also something to think about. After or before you go cycling you may want to stop for some food or a drink and taking your bicycles off the rack to lock them off is just a hassle. So many bike racks now come with locks or some sort of locking mechanism so that your expensive bikes are safe from theft.
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.
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.