Bike Rack / July 21, 2018 / Garland Montminy
Hitch mount back racks that fit into the receiver come in either 1.25-inch or 2-inch shank sizes so it is essential that you know the size of your receptacle. Consult the vehicle owners manual for this information. Many racks however can be adapted to fit either trailer hitch. The size and style of carrier you buy will depend upon the type and number of cycles you have to transport. Know the tongue weight (TW) of the bike rack you plan to buy which is not a difficult task as there are only two. The 1.25 TW (1.25-in shank) can safely carry one or two bikes while the 2 TW (2-inch) can handle up to five.
You already have a car right? Now you need to decide which bicycle rack will be right for that car and for the number of bicycles you need to carry.This article will explain in a bit more detail about the three main types of bike racks and which cars they are best suited too. 1. Roof Top Bike Rack If you really want to look like a Tour de France competitor then go for the roof top bike rack look! Most pros use these because they need the trunk space and any extra space to fit more bikes in. This option is suited to people who dont mind climbing up on top of their vehicle to load and take off their bikes.
If you have a hatch back but want a hitch mount bike rack because of the reason that you need access to the trunk then all you need to do is get a hitch receiver fitted. Before you rush out and buy a hitch receiver make sure you know how many inches it should be so that your rack fits it. Also be sure to get the hitch mount bike rack that is as swing away type or can be lowered. Some models are fixed so you wont be able to open your trunk anyway! 2. What Type of Bike Do You Have? 4 bike rack will carry 3 bikes comfortably but you often find the 4th will only just squeeze in if not at all.