Bike Rack / July 21, 2018 / Belda Beaudoin
The choice of many cyclists today is the hitch mount bike rack. Benefits of the Hitch Mount Bike Rack The last thing anyone wants to do after a long ride or race is to lift their bike high above their car and put it in a roof rack. Many of todays SUVs vans and trucks are taller than ever before. To hoist a bike onto a roof rack for those vehicles requires you play for the NBA or carry a ladder along with you. A hitch rack can be a great alternative as it usually requires hoisting of no more than shoulder height at best. A bike that is transported from the rear is protected from expensive damage that can occur with rocks bugs and other debris that can hit the bike while driving.
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.
Most trunk mounted racks suspend and hold the bike by its cross bar. A lot of the full suspension mountain bikes as well as other styles of bike have an unusual cross bar making the mounting of the bike on the rack more difficult. If your vehicle has a rear mounted spare tire you will need to buy a special rack that mounts on the spare tire or go with a roof rack or a hitch mounted rack. If cycling is not the only activity you enjoy that requires you to haul your toys around a trunk mounted rack might be the best option. If this is you a roof mounted rack might be the best option as you can buy component for a roof rack that will secures all types of different toys.