Bike Carrier / August 3, 2018 / Colette Plaisance.
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.
This should help you determine if a hitch mounted bike rack best suites your needs: • Is there a type of activity or sport in which you engage that might make one type of bike rack more cost effective or useful than another type? • How many times a year will you use your bike rack? • Does the vehicle with which you will transport your bike have its spare tire mounted on the back of the vehicle? If so this may interfere with hitch mounted racks. • Will you be transporting more than one bicycle? • Is there an existing utility rack which is roof-mounted or do you have an existing tow hitch? Find out the load capacity of each.
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.
As such there are a lot of models out there that choosing one is sometimes confusing so to make it easy here are the things that you need to think about when purchasing racks for your bikes for your vehicle: The number of bicycles you are bringing with you need careful consideration since in the future you want to bring company along on your bike trails. The regular number of bikes that racks can carry is up to four bikes but if youre bringing more than that you may need to buy another rack to accommodate the extra number of bikes. Of course you must also consider that your vehicle can still accommodate the extra rack youre going to mount.