Bike Rack / July 19, 2018 / Dielle Tachel
The better trunk mounted racks have individual cradles for each bike. These cradles insure the bike does not slide around on the support bars and makes securing the bike much easier. When hauling more than one bike the cradles help keep the bikes separate so that your custom paint job is not ruined. It is also important that the bike racks for cars keep the bikes off the vehicle if you plan on switching the rack from vehicle to vehicle this is something to be aware of when you put if on a new vehicle put a new bike on the rack or change up the regular order in which the bikes are placed on the rack.
Some trunk racks come pre-assemble which is ideal. There are many parts that come with car racks for bikes and having to not have to assemble the unit is great. Also you need to consider whether you can store the bike carrier in your trunk while not in use or is there a secure and safe way to leave it on. Being able to leave your bikes on the rack while attached to your trunk is also something to think about. After or before you go cycling you may want to stop for some food or a drink and taking your bicycles off the rack to lock them off is just a hassle. So many bike racks now come with locks or some sort of locking mechanism so that your expensive bikes are safe from theft.
One big factor is the amount of bikes youll need to carry. The more bicycles that a rack can hold the more expensive usually. Also with more carrying capacity comes more weight and sometimes more parts. All this should be considered first when choosing a trunk mount bike rack. Some other options to consider are locking bike mounting mechanisms and ease of installation and daily use. All these are valid concerns that go into choosing any bicycle car rack but especially a trunk bicycle rack. Everything else beyond these factors are a plus. Installation is important because if you use the rack frequently you want this to be easy.