Bike Carrier / August 9, 2018 / Belda Beaudoin.
Is there a possibility that this bike rack will be used on more than one vehicle? How hard is it going to be to switch the rack from vehicle to vehicle? • Is your bike specialized in such a way that it is either oddly shaped such as tandem? A hitch rack would not be recommended here. • Consider whether or not the vehicle with which youll be transporting your bike is leased or owned outright by you. In case any damage occurs which hopefully will not if you choose the right rack you will be responsible for the repair costs on a leased vehicle. Score another point for hitch mounted. • Realistically determine whether or not you can lift your bicycle with one hand and how high you can lift it by yourself. Hitch mounted bike racks are easiest.
As such there are a lot of models out there that choosing one is sometimes confusing so to make it easy here are the things that you need to think about when purchasing racks for your bikes for your vehicle: The number of bicycles you are bringing with you need careful consideration since in the future you want to bring company along on your bike trails. The regular number of bikes that racks can carry is up to four bikes but if youre bringing more than that you may need to buy another rack to accommodate the extra number of bikes. Of course you must also consider that your vehicle can still accommodate the extra rack youre going to mount.
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.
Roof mounted carriers can be perfect for SUVs that already have crossbars fitted to the roof of such vehicles. They allow the users to set the bike upon the roof of the vehicle and for significantly less cost if racks already exist on the roof of the SUV. Larger SUVs can hold even seven bikes with the help of this installation. Hitch-mounted racks usually cost more than most other racks but are available in a range of sizes to fit securely with vehicles of different dimensions including various models of SUVs. There is quite a large selection of bike racks in the market and choosing the right one for your car can be quite a challenge.