Cycle Rack / August 15, 2018 / Avelaine Labrecque.
Finishes and Materials Most good bike racks today are available in a variety of finishes. Paint - Racks that are painted chip and rust. Stay clear. Colour coatings - High density colour powder coatings can produce an attractive colourful product that is scratch and corrosion resistant. Colour powder coatings applied directly to a steel frame will rust while colour powder coatings on a galvanised frame will chip very easily. If you want a colour finish ask for powder coatings on a zinc electroplated frame. Not recommended for areas within 2km from salt water. Galvanised steel - Virtually maintenance free and weather resistant.
Make sure the rack design supports the bike by its frame (not wheel) and allows easy locking. Other Parking Devices * Bicycle Lockers - These enclosed units can offer a deluxe storage system. Each unit should have a door for single bike access. These units are expensive and usually require ongoing maintenance and inspection due to vandalism and security concerns. * Bicycle Rooms & Compounds - Secure grounds are a deterrent to theft but unsecured bikes in a bike room or compound are an invitation for theft. A room alone isnt enough - place high quality bicycle racks in the room for the security of each bike.
Plain and simple it will cost you more in gas to transport your bike on the roof vs. at the rear of the car. Trunk Mount Bike Racks Trunk mounted bike racks can be great for short trips. They make transporting your bike quick and easy. There are many new designs out there today that allow you to attach and detach your bike quickly. Your bike transported at the rear of the car is also protected from debris that can hit and damage a bike on the roof. On the negative side is the obvious-you lose access to your trunk or rear entry area of your vehicle. Thats why these types of bike carriers are recommended for short trips.
Hitch Mount Bike Racks Hitch mount bike racks are becoming increasingly popular today-even with serious cyclists. There are some designs that swing out of the way so you can access the rear entry areas of your vehicle. One company has a design that serves a dual function. It can be taken off quickly and used as a bike storage rack in your home or apartment or work. Of course you need a hitch receiver on your vehicle to use this type of bike carrier It must be either 2 inch or 1.25 inch. The benefits of hitch racks are similar to the trunk versions-better protection and increased gas mileage.