Bike Carrier / July 20, 2018 / Belda Beaudoin
In some circumstances cars have integrated crossbars fitted to start with. There are many manufacturers of this type of device but the most popular brands are Thule and Yakima. These type of racks can provide storage for up to five bikes and allow access to the cars boot or hatch. This way of transporting bikes can help protect them from getting scratched or clipping other cars or signposts however it is important to remember that your car has the extra height on top. Additionally it is sometimes a struggle to fit bikes onto the racks especially with bigger vehicles such as SUVs and people carriers.
And who needs that? Whats really needed here? This isnt rocket science your main objective is quite clear; you simply want to be able to safely transport your bicycle on your car or truck. But with the dizzying range of prices and wide selection of styles of bike racks the choice becomes seemingly more difficult. You need a rack that properly fits into your vehicle and falls within your pay scale yet securely assures safe conveyance of your bike. Ask yourself some questions In order to determine your specific needs when it comes to bike racks you need to take a closer look at the vehicle with which you will be transporting the bike.
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.