Bike Rack / July 21, 2018 / Avelaine Labrecque
The choice of many cyclists today is the hitch mount bike rack. Benefits of the Hitch Mount Bike Rack The last thing anyone wants to do after a long ride or race is to lift their bike high above their car and put it in a roof rack. Many of todays SUVs vans and trucks are taller than ever before. To hoist a bike onto a roof rack for those vehicles requires you play for the NBA or carry a ladder along with you. A hitch rack can be a great alternative as it usually requires hoisting of no more than shoulder height at best. A bike that is transported from the rear is protected from expensive damage that can occur with rocks bugs and other debris that can hit the bike while driving.
Some of the disadvantages of a roof rack are the height issue. Mounting the bike on a roof rack requires some type of ladder or step stool. Even using this type of assistance can become a major problem for shorter individuals. The use of a roof rack requires the driver to pay close attention to garage and bridge clearance. Failing to follow maximum clearance guidelines can result in car and bike damage or both. Using a roof rack creates wind resistance which can result in poor gas mileage. Roof racks also require a crossbar system that must be installed on your vehicle. Purchasing one can be time-consuming and expensive. Durability How often will you be using your bike rack? When you invest in a bicycle rack this is something that you should have in mind. If you are using it for an occasional use you will most likely be able to purchase a simple and cheap setup.
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.