Bike Carrier / July 20, 2018 / Avelaine Labrecque
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.
Most of these hitch bike racks can hold a single cycle to up to four bikes. Minor assembly is required on various models. If you have a hitch-mount on your vehicle and need to carry several bikes then a sturdy hitch-mounted rack by Allen may be the way to go. For vehicles like jeeps and SUVs Allen Sports makes special bike carriers that are spare tire mounted. The good thing with these is that your bike is carried quite high. This increases its distance from the road and exhaust pipe. This is a good thing. As with the others these come assembled which is nice.
Measure how tall your vehicle is from the ground to the top of the bikes and be aware of clearances that exceed this length. Bridges underpasses drive-throughs and garages may all potentially pose a problem. Another problem with the top-mounted bike racks is the difficulty of taking your bikes on and off. Compared to other types of mounts youll find these are more strenuous as you have to life all the bikes over your head to get them on or off. For some people this isnt a problem but if youre traveling with small children it can be difficult. The alternative to top-mounted bike racks are ones that connect to rear hitch.