Bike Rack / July 21, 2018 / Colette Plaisance
If a car can fit roof racks then your car will be able to carry a bike. Personally I dont like this option because of the wind resistance and the amount of gas my car chews when going on a long trip. I also find the bikes are more exposed to rain insects dirt and dust and are more protected behind the car. But if you are concerned that the other types of bike racks will not fit your car or indeed cannot then the roof top is still an option. 2. Trunk Mount Bike Rack These guys are really useful for people with cars (and not an SUV or truck). They fit on the trunk with straps and steel frames.
Some of the disadvantages of a roof rack are the height issue. Mounting the bike on a roof rack requires some type of ladder or step stool. Even using this type of assistance can become a major problem for shorter individuals. The use of a roof rack requires the driver to pay close attention to garage and bridge clearance. Failing to follow maximum clearance guidelines can result in car and bike damage or both. Using a roof rack creates wind resistance which can result in poor gas mileage. Roof racks also require a crossbar system that must be installed on your vehicle. Purchasing one can be time-consuming and expensive. Durability How often will you be using your bike rack? When you invest in a bicycle rack this is something that you should have in mind. If you are using it for an occasional use you will most likely be able to purchase a simple and cheap setup.
Also if I sell my vehicle and buy something without a spare tire on the back of it the bike rack will no longer be of use to me. If I had bought a receiver hitch bike rack I could move it around from vehicle to vehicle (assuming they have a receiver hitch). The other reason I wish I have bought a receiver hitch bike rack is the number of bikes you can get on the rack. The spare tire bike racks are limited to two bikes. You can get versions of receiver hitch bike racks that can hold 3 4 or even 5 bikes. Its not that big of a deal when you are bicycling by yourself but when you start hanging out with other bicyclists it is nice to be able to get more bikes on your bike rack for getting away from your usual bike rides.