Bike Carrier / July 21, 2018 / Colette Plaisance
To get the most benefit and use out of your bike its important to take the time and choose the right one for your situation. Bike rakes are usually broken down into two categories - ones that go on top of your vehicle and ones that go behind. Both of these types work perfectly when installed correctly but your vehicle may only support one type. Read the instructions and label before purchasing any bike rack to ensure it will install properly on your make and model vehicle. If you choose to install a rack that mounts on the top of your vehicle be sure to watch for low clearances as you drive.
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.
The normal passenger vehicle is the car that is seen the most with a roof bike rack installed. This includes 4 door sedans coupes and hatchbacks. The size and height of these automobiles is what makes roof racks ideal. Cyclists can easily put their bicycles on and take them off with ease. It is possible to install these on an SUV or truck but there are better solutions available. Also sometimes its not efficient to do so because of the raised aspect of a sport utility vehicle or short roof length of a truck. A roof bike rack system is popular with sedans also because of the versatility and usefulness.