Cycle Rack / July 21, 2018 / Avelaine Labrecque
Hitch Mount Bike Racks Hitch mount bike racks are becoming increasingly popular today-even with serious cyclists. There are some designs that swing out of the way so you can access the rear entry areas of your vehicle. One company has a design that serves a dual function. It can be taken off quickly and used as a bike storage rack in your home or apartment or work. Of course you need a hitch receiver on your vehicle to use this type of bike carrier It must be either 2 inch or 1.25 inch. The benefits of hitch racks are similar to the trunk versions-better protection and increased gas mileage.
The rack can also provide a surface for attaching a roof-box which can carry luggage sports equipment and your bikes under cover. This method of carrying can also prevent damage to the bikes with the upright clamped position. Youll pay slightly more for the benefits of this bike-rack and may have to use a small ladder to actually get your bikes off and on to the set-up. Hitch mount bike racks: Typically offer from two to five bike capacities. Some racks offer the ability to add additional bike capacity at a later time. Make sure you hitch is capable of supporting the weight of the bikes.
The biggest downside is that it does make it difficult to get inside the rear of the vehicle unless you have one if the cool new swing away styles. Trunk Mounted Bike Rack A rack mounted on the trunk can be a great choice for short trips. These are the least expensive of the bicycle rack types. The bike is protected from flying debris and that is always a plus. This is a great choice for those that do not want to transport their bike on the roof and do not have a hitch. The negatives for this type of a rack is that the bike is not very firmly secured and will bounce quite a bit.