Bike Carrier / July 21, 2018 / Avelaine Labrecque
This should help you determine if a hitch mounted bike rack best suites your needs: • Is there a type of activity or sport in which you engage that might make one type of bike rack more cost effective or useful than another type? • How many times a year will you use your bike rack? • Does the vehicle with which you will transport your bike have its spare tire mounted on the back of the vehicle? If so this may interfere with hitch mounted racks. • Will you be transporting more than one bicycle? • Is there an existing utility rack which is roof-mounted or do you have an existing tow hitch? Find out the load capacity of each.
If you only have a small floor space to put your bike there are great freestanding bike racks that can hold 1-6 bikes. This is a stand-alone rack that has however many mounts that you need. Floor bike racks will take up a slightly larger area but there are some that are collapsible. Its up to you how much space you think you will have to store your bike and whether or not you will be able to store it on the wall or the floor. Bicycle storage racks for the home are many and there are other things to consider for example; how easy the bike rack is to assemble or mount. The freestanding floor bike rack is easy to assemble and is easy to move if necessary.
Measure how tall your vehicle is from the ground to the top of the bikes and be aware of clearances that exceed this length. Bridges underpasses drive-throughs and garages may all potentially pose a problem. Another problem with the top-mounted bike racks is the difficulty of taking your bikes on and off. Compared to other types of mounts youll find these are more strenuous as you have to life all the bikes over your head to get them on or off. For some people this isnt a problem but if youre traveling with small children it can be difficult. The alternative to top-mounted bike racks are ones that connect to rear hitch.