Bike Rack / July 21, 2018 / Avelaine Labrecque
You already have a car right? Now you need to decide which bicycle rack will be right for that car and for the number of bicycles you need to carry.This article will explain in a bit more detail about the three main types of bike racks and which cars they are best suited too. 1. Roof Top Bike Rack If you really want to look like a Tour de France competitor then go for the roof top bike rack look! Most pros use these because they need the trunk space and any extra space to fit more bikes in. This option is suited to people who dont mind climbing up on top of their vehicle to load and take off their bikes.
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.
If you have a hatch back but want a hitch mount bike rack because of the reason that you need access to the trunk then all you need to do is get a hitch receiver fitted. Before you rush out and buy a hitch receiver make sure you know how many inches it should be so that your rack fits it. Also be sure to get the hitch mount bike rack that is as swing away type or can be lowered. Some models are fixed so you wont be able to open your trunk anyway! 2. What Type of Bike Do You Have? 4 bike rack will carry 3 bikes comfortably but you often find the 4th will only just squeeze in if not at all.