Bike Carrier / July 21, 2018 / Avelaine Labrecque
This allows for maximum vehicle clearance once mounted on the vehicle. The setup is easy as most come pre-assembled and made to be used one way so you will never get it wrong. For rack carrier models that can carry multiple bikes there are usually separate tie downs for each bicycle for better reliability and security. Another popular type of Allen bike rack is the hitch mount models. These like the trunk models have individual tie-downs for racks that carry several bikes. The design of the rack arm is such that it can be folded out of the way when not in use. This is a very convenient feature.
This should help you determine if a hitch mounted bike rack best suites your needs: • Is there a type of activity or sport in which you engage that might make one type of bike rack more cost effective or useful than another type? • How many times a year will you use your bike rack? • Does the vehicle with which you will transport your bike have its spare tire mounted on the back of the vehicle? If so this may interfere with hitch mounted racks. • Will you be transporting more than one bicycle? • Is there an existing utility rack which is roof-mounted or do you have an existing tow hitch? Find out the load capacity of each.
Bike racks are an essential accessory for allowing riders to easily transport their bikes by car without needing to dismantle them or purchase a trailer. They are available in various designs and price ranges each with advantages and disadvantages. Below are a summary of the three main styles of rack along with their pros and cons...Roof Rack These type of bike racks securely attach bikes to the roof of a car via a mount. There are different designs available; some require the front wheel of the bike to be removed whereas others can be clamped directly to the bike frame. These racks can usually be attached to a standard roof rack load bars or cross bars attached to a car.