Bike Carrier / July 21, 2018 / Garland Montminy
This should help you determine if a hitch mounted bike rack best suites your needs: • Is there a type of activity or sport in which you engage that might make one type of bike rack more cost effective or useful than another type? • How many times a year will you use your bike rack? • Does the vehicle with which you will transport your bike have its spare tire mounted on the back of the vehicle? If so this may interfere with hitch mounted racks. • Will you be transporting more than one bicycle? • Is there an existing utility rack which is roof-mounted or do you have an existing tow hitch? Find out the load capacity of each.
Hitch Racks These type of racks simply slide onto a cars hitch and there are two main types of model. The cheaper models hang the bikes from a couple of arms whereas the more expensive versions use rattle free mounts not unlike roof rack styles. The hitch rack is a convenient method of transporting bikes. There is very little lifting involved the racks can be fitted or removed quickly and easily and the bikes have no contact with the cars paint work. They are capable of transporting most types of bike and can hold as many as four bikes at once. The drawbacks of using these models include risk of damage from high curbs restricted access to boot space more difficult parking and rattling can occur when carrying more than one bike.
Usually only top brands produce such cars (and racks). Usually roof racks are mostly used for mounting mountain bikes. The advantages of having a roof rack is that there is minimal movement when the bikes are mounted. This setup is ideal if the terrain is uneven. The bikes are so secure that you wont have to worry them falling off as your vehicle goes over bump after bump. The downside of this rack is that the height of your vehicle increases drastically. In other words you have to watch what is on top of the car as you drive. In many cities car parks have got height limits and the car wont be able to go through. Therefore if you own a road bike a rear rack would appear more practical. Although there is some vibration such racks are secure enough for normal road usage. Just dont try to drive your clean and beautiful family saloon into the mud. You can choose from one of three options for the best bike racks for sedans.