Bike Carrier / July 20, 2018 / Colette Plaisance
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.
Measure how tall your vehicle is from the ground to the top of the bikes and be aware of clearances that exceed this length. Bridges underpasses drive-throughs and garages may all potentially pose a problem. Another problem with the top-mounted bike racks is the difficulty of taking your bikes on and off. Compared to other types of mounts youll find these are more strenuous as you have to life all the bikes over your head to get them on or off. For some people this isnt a problem but if youre traveling with small children it can be difficult. The alternative to top-mounted bike racks are ones that connect to rear hitch.
When not being used for bikes the tire or fork mount rails can be taken off to install other attachments like a cargo box carrier. Also for those that participate in other sports there are many different accessories for mounting your sports gear. There are kayak canoe surfboard ski and snowboard mounting supplies for all season recreation. Another reason for installing a roof rack system is because its a great semi-permanent solution for transporting bikes. With lock cores and locking cables both the bicycle rack and the bicycles can be secured to the car without having to worry about theft.