Bike Carrier / July 21, 2018 / Belda Beaudoin
In some circumstances cars have integrated crossbars fitted to start with. There are many manufacturers of this type of device but the most popular brands are Thule and Yakima. These type of racks can provide storage for up to five bikes and allow access to the cars boot or hatch. This way of transporting bikes can help protect them from getting scratched or clipping other cars or signposts however it is important to remember that your car has the extra height on top. Additionally it is sometimes a struggle to fit bikes onto the racks especially with bigger vehicles such as SUVs and people carriers.
When not being used for bikes the tire or fork mount rails can be taken off to install other attachments like a cargo box carrier. Also for those that participate in other sports there are many different accessories for mounting your sports gear. There are kayak canoe surfboard ski and snowboard mounting supplies for all season recreation. Another reason for installing a roof rack system is because its a great semi-permanent solution for transporting bikes. With lock cores and locking cables both the bicycle rack and the bicycles can be secured to the car without having to worry about theft.
This should help you determine if a hitch mounted bike rack best suites your needs: • Is there a type of activity or sport in which you engage that might make one type of bike rack more cost effective or useful than another type? • How many times a year will you use your bike rack? • Does the vehicle with which you will transport your bike have its spare tire mounted on the back of the vehicle? If so this may interfere with hitch mounted racks. • Will you be transporting more than one bicycle? • Is there an existing utility rack which is roof-mounted or do you have an existing tow hitch? Find out the load capacity of each.