Bike Rack / July 26, 2018 / Colette Plaisance.
They are tested to be able to hold the stated weight and number of bikes. Saving money on a 4 bike rack or other capacity carrier will help increase the budget on the actual bike that you want but may not be able to afford. You could also use the money you save to upgrade parts of the bike to better or more lightweight ones that are made from carbon fiber. All this and without sacrificing quality and piece of mind that your bike is safe while being transported on your car. Like their other products Bell Sports has the cyclist in mind when they design their bike carriers for cars.
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.
Speaking of protection a bike that is transported from the rear will also not be damaged when the driver forgets the bike is on the roof and drives into a low ceiling garage. The best benefit of a hitch mount bike rack is the money it will save you on gas. A bike on a roof rack creates drag and cuts down on your gas mileage. A rear transported bike will not create the same kind of drag. If you have more than one bike there are versions of hitch bike racks that can accommodate up to 5 bicycles. Finally the ease of taking the bike on and off is very quick and you do not have to remove the tires-so you are ready to get cycling faster once at your destination.
While I cant tell you exactly what your rack needs are I can point you to someone who can: Thule. Whether youre going to end up purchasing a Thule rack or not you will find the Thule website (Thule.com) is a great source for figuring out what style you need. This website was very useful in helping me choose a new roof bike rack and I highly recommend doing some research on this site before making a purchase. On the Thule site you can select what kind of rack youre looking for (bike rack ski rack base rack etc.). First youll want to select bicycle rack and then select the load capacity youre looking for(1 2 3 4 or 5 bikes).