Bike Carrier / August 10, 2018 / Colette Plaisance.
Why A Yakima Bicycle Carrier? OK I know there are a lot of bike racks available in the market and it is sometimes mind boggling to decide which one to buy. Let me help you by telling you the pros and cons of a Yakima Bike Rack: Cons You have to mount it yourself Less flexible with the 5-bike option Bulky The Pros however far out weighs the Cons namely: Durable with a very sturdy frame Easy to install Easy on your paint Secures the bicycles firmly. Backed with a lifetime warranty Having pointed out the advantages and disadvantages I truly believe that a Yakima bicycle rack is a very good investment for cycling lovers because it is not only safe for your bikes but it also makes transporting it a breeze.
The second type is what is called the roof mount bike rack. With this rack you will have an unobstructed view of objects in the rear view mirror. Installation will be quite expensive if your vehicle does not come with crossbars or roof rack and because you will need a professional to mount the rack for you. The most durable of the 3 types of bike racks for cars mentioned earlier is the one that is mounted to the trailer hitch of your vehicle. They are built to last since they will travel on the same road that your car travels on plus it solves the problem with height restrictions when you need to park in low ceiling parking lots.
Most of these hitch bike racks can hold a single cycle to up to four bikes. Minor assembly is required on various models. If you have a hitch-mount on your vehicle and need to carry several bikes then a sturdy hitch-mounted rack by Allen may be the way to go. For vehicles like jeeps and SUVs Allen Sports makes special bike carriers that are spare tire mounted. The good thing with these is that your bike is carried quite high. This increases its distance from the road and exhaust pipe. This is a good thing. As with the others these come assembled which is nice.
Receiver type racks range in dimensions from 1.25 inch to 2 inch sizes. In the event that you already have a receiver on your car or truck you ought to measure the opening just before purchase although many racks can be modified to suit both dimensions. Should you plan on hauling over 2 bicycles you need to choose to install the 2" receiver trailer hitch. The 2" receiver can easily handle up to 5 bikes while the 1.25" receiver ought not exceed two bikes. You may also choose a towing hitch mount bike rack this type enables you to hold bicycles but also tow small trailers or boats at the same time. Be aware that there are tow weight limits with these versions usually 2000 to 3500 lbs.