Bike Carrier / July 21, 2018 / Colette Plaisance
The second type is what is called the roof mount bike rack. With this rack you will have an unobstructed view of objects in the rear view mirror. Installation will be quite expensive if your vehicle does not come with crossbars or roof rack and because you will need a professional to mount the rack for you. The most durable of the 3 types of bike racks for cars mentioned earlier is the one that is mounted to the trailer hitch of your vehicle. They are built to last since they will travel on the same road that your car travels on plus it solves the problem with height restrictions when you need to park in low ceiling parking lots.
The three main types into which the bike racks generally fall are the strap-on trunk rack hitch mount rack and the roof rack. Each of these categories of bicycle racks has their own unique set of advantages and disadvantages for the users. Some of the bike racks have specific modifications to make them suitable for use inside SUVs or other such cars of greater dimensions. The strap-on racks are among the least expensive among such racks and fit for attachment to the back bumper of the car. However these bike racks have the greatest probability of causing damage to both the vehicles and the bikes compared to other types of racks.
Receiver type racks range in dimensions from 1.25 inch to 2 inch sizes. In the event that you already have a receiver on your car or truck you ought to measure the opening just before purchase although many racks can be modified to suit both dimensions. Should you plan on hauling over 2 bicycles you need to choose to install the 2" receiver trailer hitch. The 2" receiver can easily handle up to 5 bikes while the 1.25" receiver ought not exceed two bikes. You may also choose a towing hitch mount bike rack this type enables you to hold bicycles but also tow small trailers or boats at the same time. Be aware that there are tow weight limits with these versions usually 2000 to 3500 lbs.