Bike Carrier / July 21, 2018 / Avelaine Labrecque
The most important consideration in choosing a bike rack is the safety of your bike car and you. If you are not using the right bike rack you stand the risk of scratching your car damaging your bike and worst be involved in a car mishap. A bike rack will secure your bike in your vehicle similarly as stainless steel bollards will secure your car in a parking lot. The Load to Carry Cycle racks are available in a wide range of shapes and sizes. A popular size can carry one or more bikes. First thing you need to do is to determine the number of bikes you will need to carry on the rack.
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.
Boot Clips Racks These bike racks work by fastening straps around the edge of a cars boot or bumper. Two arms attach to the bike underneath the top tube and straps or bungees hold the bike in place. Although the initial installation is quite tedious due to adjusting strap lengths they can then be used in just a couple of minutes. These models require very little lifting are suitable for nearly any bike and is the cheapest style of bike rack. Like hitch racks these models impair boot access are vulnerable to high curbs and make it more difficult to fit into parking spaces.