Cycle Rack / July 21, 2018 / Belda Beaudoin
There are basically 4 types of bicycle racks available today. Here they are: Roof Mounted Bike Racks Roof mounted bike racks are a popular choice for bike storage and transportation today. The bike is conveniently situated on the roof of the car or SUV and the back of the vehicle is left easy to access. If you have a roof rack already mounted on your vehicle it makes this a much easier choice. However there are some versions that work without a car roof rack. The downside to a rack on the roof is that it exposes the bicycle to the elements. Flying rocks and debris can hit the bike and cause damage.
Also this type of a set up will definitely make it difficult to access a rear hatch or trunk. Truck Bed Bike Rack If you drive a truck why not consider using the bed of the truck for storage and transporting of your bicycles? This type of a rack firmly attaches to the bed of the truck and can carry one or more bikes. This works great as compared to just throwing bikes in the back of the truck. Using this type of a rack protects the bikes from getting damaged or bent. The only real downside to this type of bike storage is that bikes will take up part of the truck bed so you will have less room for the storage of other items if you are taking a trip.
Bicycle Parking What to look for - What to avoid With todays bicycles costing a small fortune cyclists now look for bike racks that will not damage their bikes and allow locking of the wheel and frame with a U lock. Unfortunately many parking facilities provided for cyclists are poorly designed and remain unused. Cyclists are forced to lock their bikes to trees and posts or lean them against building fronts and windows. This not only creates an eyesore but causes damage to property and becomes a hazard to pedestrians. The key to providing a safe and effective bicycle parking program is to specify high quality attractive bike racks.