Bike Carrier / July 21, 2018 / Avelaine Labrecque
You also need to determine the amount of load the mounting gears and load bars can carry. Add the weight of the bike or bikes and the rack to determine if they are within the carrying capacity of the gears and bars. The Attachment Type Which part of the car you intend to attach the cycle rack is also a prime consideration in your choice. Cycle racks can be attached on your car by means of: • Roof. This provides the benefit of the rack being out of your way. Bike racks attached to the roof will not hamper your line of vision while driving. It will also not block access to the cars trunk. A bike rack mounted on the roof of the car though needs to be installed by a professional.
Most of the bicycle carriers are designed for up to 2 bicycles and some can carry three. At the end of the day your choice will come down to which bike rack will actually fit your car. Keep in mind that the maker often sells additional straps to help to secure the rack if it doesnt fit completely. The Car Roof Rack The trouble with this is that its the most expensive option. You will have to get crossbars and bike trays installed onto the vehicle first and only then can you think of adding the bike rack too it. Another down side is the added wind resistance when traveling. The height of the bikes on the car adds hectic drag to the car hence you gas bill goes up too. The Trunk Mount Bike Rack The second idea is to the get a trunk mount rack. This type of rack straps onto the car with special nylon webbing straps and has cushioned contact points so you dont damage the paint. Most models are easy to get on and off. There are a few downs to this type of bike carrier too. You will not be able to get in and out of the rear end of the car because the straps are fastened down onto the car. Plus a sedans are usually low and the clearance between your bike tire and the ground maybe a few millimeters.
Measure how tall your vehicle is from the ground to the top of the bikes and be aware of clearances that exceed this length. Bridges underpasses drive-throughs and garages may all potentially pose a problem. Another problem with the top-mounted bike racks is the difficulty of taking your bikes on and off. Compared to other types of mounts youll find these are more strenuous as you have to life all the bikes over your head to get them on or off. For some people this isnt a problem but if youre traveling with small children it can be difficult. The alternative to top-mounted bike racks are ones that connect to rear hitch.