Bike Carrier / August 6, 2018 / Eglantine Laboissonniere.
When not being used for bikes the tire or fork mount rails can be taken off to install other attachments like a cargo box carrier. Also for those that participate in other sports there are many different accessories for mounting your sports gear. There are kayak canoe surfboard ski and snowboard mounting supplies for all season recreation. Another reason for installing a roof rack system is because its a great semi-permanent solution for transporting bikes. With lock cores and locking cables both the bicycle rack and the bicycles can be secured to the car without having to worry about theft.
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.
The three main types into which the bike racks generally fall are the strap-on trunk rack hitch mount rack and the roof rack. Each of these categories of bicycle racks has their own unique set of advantages and disadvantages for the users. Some of the bike racks have specific modifications to make them suitable for use inside SUVs or other such cars of greater dimensions. The strap-on racks are among the least expensive among such racks and fit for attachment to the back bumper of the car. However these bike racks have the greatest probability of causing damage to both the vehicles and the bikes compared to other types of racks.
To get the most benefit and use out of your bike its important to take the time and choose the right one for your situation. Bike rakes are usually broken down into two categories - ones that go on top of your vehicle and ones that go behind. Both of these types work perfectly when installed correctly but your vehicle may only support one type. Read the instructions and label before purchasing any bike rack to ensure it will install properly on your make and model vehicle. If you choose to install a rack that mounts on the top of your vehicle be sure to watch for low clearances as you drive.