Bike Rack / July 20, 2018 / Eglantine Laboissonniere
Available at many Internet sites they can be purchased for prices starting as low as $90 and up to $300. Styles of Hitch Mounted Bike Racks Hanging: This is the most common type of hitch mounted bike rack and comes in a number of sizes to accommodate up to five bikes. They do not however accommodate non-standard bikes. Full Tray: In the full tray hitch mounted bike rack bike wheels rest on a tray; and this type will accommodate any type of bike and can carry multiple types at the same time. Most have a two bike capacity but a converter kit can be purchased to carry two additional bikes.
Some of the disadvantages of a roof rack are the height issue. Mounting the bike on a roof rack requires some type of ladder or step stool. Even using this type of assistance can become a major problem for shorter individuals. The use of a roof rack requires the driver to pay close attention to garage and bridge clearance. Failing to follow maximum clearance guidelines can result in car and bike damage or both. Using a roof rack creates wind resistance which can result in poor gas mileage. Roof racks also require a crossbar system that must be installed on your vehicle. Purchasing one can be time-consuming and expensive. Durability How often will you be using your bike rack? When you invest in a bicycle rack this is something that you should have in mind. If you are using it for an occasional use you will most likely be able to purchase a simple and cheap setup.
The idea is to safely carry your bikes without at the same time doing any damage to the body of your vehicle. Of all the methods available for bike transport by far the easiest to use and least expensive are the hitch mounted bike racks. These carriers fit on or in the trailer hitch of your vehicle and are a snap to install or remove. Most are heavy duty steel construction making them durable to withstand many long road trips. Bike Rack Basics Hitch mounted bike carriers fit on the trailer hitch of your vehicle either the hitch receiver or the ball affixed to the bumper.