Cycle Rack / July 21, 2018 / Avelaine Labrecque
The roof bike rack has also always been status symbol. If you transport your bike on your roof-you are a serious cyclist. The downside to roof racks is that it can be cumbersome to lift your bike way above your car top at the end of a long ride or grueling race. Because some vehicles are getting taller this can be especially difficult. It can also be a problem when you are tired and forget your bike is up there and drive into a low ceiling area. Ouch! Another negative to the roof rack system is that a bike transported there creates extra drag for the car and that reduces your gas mileage.
Bike racks are used for the protection of both the bike and the vehicle. A roof mounted bike rack is frequently used and it is ideal for carrying bikes in cars trucks and other similar vehicles. A roof bike rack can hold up to four bikes at a time. Some roof mounted bike racks come clamped with a camper roof and are used as a conventional roof rack for sports vehicles. Rear hitch-mount racks are another commonly used type. Rear hitch-mount racks better known as receiver hitch racks can carry up to five bikes. To carry one or two bikes rear ball-hitch mount racks are ideal.
What youll be left with will be a great bike rack that will satisfy your demands for aesthetics. Load - Are you likely to need to carry more bikes in the future? If your family is going to grow or youre likely to get friends involved in biking and will need to transport more than you do presently be sure to select a model with a flexible carry-load. Durability - Spend money based on how long you want it to last quality racks will last years but if you only want it for a few one-off trips then buy in the lower price-range. Vehicle-rear racks: The most common form of rack used you can normally carry about 3 bikes and the rack is attached using straps and metal hooks.