Bike Rack / July 21, 2018 / Avelaine Labrecque
The idea is to safely carry your bikes without at the same time doing any damage to the body of your vehicle. Of all the methods available for bike transport by far the easiest to use and least expensive are the hitch mounted bike racks. These carriers fit on or in the trailer hitch of your vehicle and are a snap to install or remove. Most are heavy duty steel construction making them durable to withstand many long road trips. Bike Rack Basics Hitch mounted bike carriers fit on the trailer hitch of your vehicle either the hitch receiver or the ball affixed to the bumper.
If you have a car with a hatch back and no hitch receiver your choice would be narrowed down to a trunk mount bike rack or the roof top bike rack. Now you need to check that the model you are going with will fit the car you drive. Also make sure that the rack includes all the extras like locks extra bars or straps if you need them. More expensive racks often have good padding for protection life time guarantees and good customer support but they dont always include all the parts you need. The fine print and reviews of most products will soon let you know.
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.