Cycle Rack / July 20, 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.
Like other companies that make bike racks for SUVs and other cars this company offers hitch and trunk mount racks for sale. Capacities of various Rhode Gear bike rack systems go from one to four bikes depending on the models. Lighter bikes on sedans can use a trunk rack. Heavier bikes and more quantity should use a hitch rack. Read the instructions manual for specific details on weight limits to figure out how many bikes you will need to and be able to carry on a given rack. The great thing about this rack company is that they offer easily accessible rack parts online like straps hooks and tie downs for their racks.
But there are heavy duty models that will easily carry 3 bikes by the bike frame or the bike tires. Road cyclists can get away with the mast style while mountain bikers with heavy downhill bikes should look into the tray style 3 bicycle rack for hitch mounting. For certain sedans a roof rack may be the best option for a 2 or 3 bike rack. These are often seen with 2 rails on the cross bars. However longer bars can be installed with the option of mounting 3 or even 4 rails or trays to accommodate more bicycles. For those that bike often and need a semi-permanent mounting and transport system for their bikes a roof rack is the best solution.