Bike Rack / August 14, 2018 / Garland Montminy.
If you have more than one type of bike to tow the best choice for transport is the tray hitch mount rack which accommodates all types of bikes and can carry up to four safely. Look for locking features in the bike rack you buy. Most will have a method of locking the bikes in place and also a pin for locking the rack securely to the trailer hitch. You will also want to consider a rack with anti-vibration technology to prevent your bikes from banging together on bumpy roads or worse bumping against your vehicle and damaging the finish. Hitch mounted bike racks are the least expensive way to carry your expensive bikes.
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.
I would also suggest getting a receiver bike rack that fits both Class 2 and Class 3 hitches. You cannot get Class 3 hitches for all vehicles and if also makes it easier to move the hitch to other vehicles such as your friends car because its their turn to drive. Some other issues to keep in mind when using bike racks. First when you have 2 or more bikes on you bike rack they will probably rub together and scratch you bikes. There are accessories that will help you keep your bicycles away from each other but I have not used them "yet". And second some smaller mountain bikes will not fit on your bike rack.
Always read the fine print!) If you need to be able to get in and out of your trunk while transporting your bikes then this option is a not for you! The entire trunk will be inaccessible once the carrier is fitted to the vehicle. 3. Hitch Mount Bike Rack This type of bike rack can be fitted to any vehicle that has a hitch receiver. Most are suited to a 2 inch receiver and some are for a 1 and ¼ inch receiver. I particularly like this option because no one can steal your bikes! Its also a lot sturdier. Some people worry that it will add too much weight to the back of the car but the rack is light and very strong. Its built to carry bikes but its not bulky. Some models (the more expensive ones) let you swing the rack away from the car so you have access to the trunk.