Bike Rack / July 20, 2018 / Dielle Tachel
If you opt for a towing hitch mount bike rack the kind that allow you to transport bikes and tow at the same time be aware of the maximum tow weight (normally from 2000 to 3500 pounds). Some of the towing hitch mount bike racks come with a tow bar attached but you can still only tow small loads such as small trailers or boats. With the exception of the fixed frame rack most of the hitch mount bike racks fold or tilt for ease of access to the rear of the vehicle or for parking. Racks that fold down do not allow easy access to the vehicles rear cargo area but are convenient for parking.
If you plan on using this rack for daily use or several times a week you should think about investing in a rack that is going to be durable. If you are going to be making a sizable investment you should be investing in something that can potentially last for years. Vehicle Specifications Taking a look at the type of vehicle that you own should be something to consider when purchasing a bike rack for your car or SUV. If you own an SUV purchasing a roof rack may not be a wise decision due to the height of the SUV. If you are leasing your vehicle you may want to check with the dealer to see if there will be any fees assessed for additions to the vehicle. The size and shape of your trunk can also be a deciding factor on the type of rack you purchase. Purchasing the correct bike rack is not difficult but it requires a thought process. How much money should you spend how often will you be using it and the type of vehicle you own should all be considered when you are doing your initial research. Once you have narrowed it down, go ahead and make that purchase with confidence.
The idea is to safely carry your bikes without at the same time doing any damage to the body of your vehicle. Of all the methods available for bike transport by far the easiest to use and least expensive are the hitch mounted bike racks. These carriers fit on or in the trailer hitch of your vehicle and are a snap to install or remove. Most are heavy duty steel construction making them durable to withstand many long road trips. Bike Rack Basics Hitch mounted bike carriers fit on the trailer hitch of your vehicle either the hitch receiver or the ball affixed to the bumper.