Bike Rack / July 19, 2018 / Belda Beaudoin
If you opt for a towing hitch mount bike rack the kind that allow you to transport bikes and tow at the same time be aware of the maximum tow weight (normally from 2000 to 3500 pounds). Some of the towing hitch mount bike racks come with a tow bar attached but you can still only tow small loads such as small trailers or boats. With the exception of the fixed frame rack most of the hitch mount bike racks fold or tilt for ease of access to the rear of the vehicle or for parking. Racks that fold down do not allow easy access to the vehicles rear cargo area but are convenient for parking.
If you have a car with a hatch back and no hitch receiver your choice would be narrowed down to a trunk mount bike rack or the roof top bike rack. Now you need to check that the model you are going with will fit the car you drive. Also make sure that the rack includes all the extras like locks extra bars or straps if you need them. More expensive racks often have good padding for protection life time guarantees and good customer support but they dont always include all the parts you need. The fine print and reviews of most products will soon let you know.
The better trunk mounted racks have individual cradles for each bike. These cradles insure the bike does not slide around on the support bars and makes securing the bike much easier. When hauling more than one bike the cradles help keep the bikes separate so that your custom paint job is not ruined. It is also important that the bike racks for cars keep the bikes off the vehicle if you plan on switching the rack from vehicle to vehicle this is something to be aware of when you put if on a new vehicle put a new bike on the rack or change up the regular order in which the bikes are placed on the rack.