Bike Carrier / July 21, 2018 / Avelaine Labrecque
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.
Bike racks are an essential accessory for allowing riders to easily transport their bikes by car without needing to dismantle them or purchase a trailer. They are available in various designs and price ranges each with advantages and disadvantages. Below are a summary of the three main styles of rack along with their pros and cons...Roof Rack These type of bike racks securely attach bikes to the roof of a car via a mount. There are different designs available; some require the front wheel of the bike to be removed whereas others can be clamped directly to the bike frame. These racks can usually be attached to a standard roof rack load bars or cross bars attached to a car.
Most of these hitch bike racks can hold a single cycle to up to four bikes. Minor assembly is required on various models. If you have a hitch-mount on your vehicle and need to carry several bikes then a sturdy hitch-mounted rack by Allen may be the way to go. For vehicles like jeeps and SUVs Allen Sports makes special bike carriers that are spare tire mounted. The good thing with these is that your bike is carried quite high. This increases its distance from the road and exhaust pipe. This is a good thing. As with the others these come assembled which is nice.