Bike Rack / July 21, 2018 / Avelaine Labrecque
If you do have to get a trunk style bike rack then choose one that doesnt rest on the back bumper. That will help you out a lot. A good friend of mine recently bought a new bike rack for his car only to find that it didnt fit the car very well and it wasnt very sturdy. So if you are looking for information on bike racks for cars then make sure that you do your homework first before wasting the time and money on a model thats not suited to you or your car. There are three types of bike racks for cars and within these there are many models that are suited to either a hatch backs minivans SUVs a vehicle with a spare tire and so on.
Also if I sell my vehicle and buy something without a spare tire on the back of it the bike rack will no longer be of use to me. If I had bought a receiver hitch bike rack I could move it around from vehicle to vehicle (assuming they have a receiver hitch). The other reason I wish I have bought a receiver hitch bike rack is the number of bikes you can get on the rack. The spare tire bike racks are limited to two bikes. You can get versions of receiver hitch bike racks that can hold 3 4 or even 5 bikes. Its not that big of a deal when you are bicycling by yourself but when you start hanging out with other bicyclists it is nice to be able to get more bikes on your bike rack for getting away from your usual bike rides.
Also there are bike racks that attach to receiver hitches. These racks are very convenient because you can remove them easily after use but you must have a receiver hitch to use this type. Again that adds expense. And if you have a pickup they also make bike racks for the bed of the truck. The type that I have been using for the last couple of seasons is the type that attach to the spare tire of my vehicle. These types of Bike Racks only work if you have a spare tire on the back of your vehicle. Usually these vehicles are SUVs. And my vehicle is a Jeep Wrangler so this was the type of bike rack that I decided to purchase.