Bike Carrier / July 21, 2018 / Avelaine Labrecque
Why A Yakima Bicycle Carrier? OK I know there are a lot of bike racks available in the market and it is sometimes mind boggling to decide which one to buy. Let me help you by telling you the pros and cons of a Yakima Bike Rack: Cons You have to mount it yourself Less flexible with the 5-bike option Bulky The Pros however far out weighs the Cons namely: Durable with a very sturdy frame Easy to install Easy on your paint Secures the bicycles firmly. Backed with a lifetime warranty Having pointed out the advantages and disadvantages I truly believe that a Yakima bicycle rack is a very good investment for cycling lovers because it is not only safe for your bikes but it also makes transporting it a breeze.
The next consideration is the type of bike racks for cars that you will want to get for yourself. Simply put there are 3 types of racks those that you can attach to the trunk of your car those that you can mount on the roof and those that you can simply attach to the trailer hitch of your car. The first type the kind that you strap on to the trunk of your car is great if yours is a small car or if your garage and the parking lot at the office or your apartment building has low ceilings. This prevents your bike from getting damaged. Another plus factor for this type of rack is the fact that they can be easily mounted on the trunk or on the rear door of your vehicle however what you may not like is the fact that it hinders access to your trunk.
You can overcome this problem by taking off the front wheel but I am sure that you are already limited with space and the reason for getting a bike rack is to free up space in the car. The Hitch Mount Bike Rack The one way to avoid these two problems is to look into getting a hitch mount. You would have to go over to your local tow-hitch service center or garage and get a quote for a two-inch receiver to be fitted. Why would this hitch mount rack be more recommended than the trunk mount? Well first of all the fact that the bikes will be mounted on a bar which is free from the car means that you will have access to the trunk without having to take off the bicycles. Secondly the bikes are a lot safer because you can lock them to a bike rack and lock the rack to the hitch-receiver. Lastly bikes tend to be more stable and travel well on this type of rack. So it looks like the trunk and hitch mount racks come out tops. If you are concerned about security of your bikes and want to have quick access to the trunk then you can see which one is your best option already. Be sure to check reviews from people who have bought and used the rack.