Bike Rack / July 19, 2018 / Colette Plaisance
While I cant tell you exactly what your rack needs are I can point you to someone who can: Thule. Whether youre going to end up purchasing a Thule rack or not you will find the Thule website (Thule.com) is a great source for figuring out what style you need. This website was very useful in helping me choose a new roof bike rack and I highly recommend doing some research on this site before making a purchase. On the Thule site you can select what kind of rack youre looking for (bike rack ski rack base rack etc.). First youll want to select bicycle rack and then select the load capacity youre looking for(1 2 3 4 or 5 bikes).
Here you will see prices and product names. You can get all the specs on each product and even compare them with each other. When youre ready to make a buying decision you can shop around at other websites that might have similar products or the same product for less. If you cant find what you need from Thule you may want to check out Yakima (yakima.com) as well. Yakima is a huge name in the rack business and they also design high-quality roof bike racks trunk racks hitch racks and more. The Yakima site also has an interactive set up similar to Thules that helps you figure out which bike rack will be best for you.
Some trunk racks come pre-assemble which is ideal. There are many parts that come with car racks for bikes and having to not have to assemble the unit is great. Also you need to consider whether you can store the bike carrier in your trunk while not in use or is there a secure and safe way to leave it on. Being able to leave your bikes on the rack while attached to your trunk is also something to think about. After or before you go cycling you may want to stop for some food or a drink and taking your bicycles off the rack to lock them off is just a hassle. So many bike racks now come with locks or some sort of locking mechanism so that your expensive bikes are safe from theft.