Cycle Rack / July 20, 2018 / CarineLHeureux
They are relatively easy to install and take off for easy storage. This is the appeal for these types of bicycle racks. Most will have no problems carrying 2 bicycles. Stronger ones will be able to take 3 to 4 bikes if need be. These are great for cyclists that bike on the weekend with family and do not need to have the bike carrier mounted at all times. Another type of car bicycle rack with the ability to transport 2 to 3 bikes include the hitch mount rack style. These come in the form of mast and hanging types as well as the tray and platform style of rack. The ability to carry 2 bicycles is usually standard.
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.
There are metal cables on the market that help secure the bike to the vehicle but they will only be of use if there is a place on the vehicle where the cable can attach. The Saris Bones 3 is an exception b/c it is secured to the vehicle with metal strapes. When deciding which bike racks for cars will work best for you consider how high you can lift a bike by yourself and then hold it in position with one hand while securing the bike to the rack with the other hand. A rack on top of an SUV can be quite a reach especially if your bike is a heavier model like a full suspension mountain bike.