Bike Rack / July 19, 2018 / Dielle Tachel
Tip 3: Where do you want the bikes to be racked? That is physically where do you wish to carry your bikes? Do you want a roof rack? How about something mounted on the rear of your vehicle? Maybe youd even like to install a hitch and pull a trailer bike carrier. (Now you know why Tip 1 was important: Knowing the vehicle youre using youve probably already decided this.) Tip 4: What size and shape are your bikes? Some of the fancier bike racks may be great for your $7000 high-tech Trek racing bike but how will they handle your kids 20-inch BMX off road bikes? Never consider a bike rack or bike carrier without thinking about how it will fit your specific bike or bikes.
You already have a car right? Now you need to decide which bicycle rack will be right for that car and for the number of bicycles you need to carry.This article will explain in a bit more detail about the three main types of bike racks and which cars they are best suited too. 1. Roof Top Bike Rack If you really want to look like a Tour de France competitor then go for the roof top bike rack look! Most pros use these because they need the trunk space and any extra space to fit more bikes in. This option is suited to people who dont mind climbing up on top of their vehicle to load and take off their bikes.
Hitch mount back racks that fit into the receiver come in either 1.25-inch or 2-inch shank sizes so it is essential that you know the size of your receptacle. Consult the vehicle owners manual for this information. Many racks however can be adapted to fit either trailer hitch. The size and style of carrier you buy will depend upon the type and number of cycles you have to transport. Know the tongue weight (TW) of the bike rack you plan to buy which is not a difficult task as there are only two. The 1.25 TW (1.25-in shank) can safely carry one or two bikes while the 2 TW (2-inch) can handle up to five.