Bike Rack / July 21, 2018 / Belda Beaudoin
If you have a car with a hatch back and no hitch receiver your choice would be narrowed down to a trunk mount bike rack or the roof top bike rack. Now you need to check that the model you are going with will fit the car you drive. Also make sure that the rack includes all the extras like locks extra bars or straps if you need them. More expensive racks often have good padding for protection life time guarantees and good customer support but they dont always include all the parts you need. The fine print and reviews of most products will soon let you know.
Always read the fine print!) If you need to be able to get in and out of your trunk while transporting your bikes then this option is a not for you! The entire trunk will be inaccessible once the carrier is fitted to the vehicle. 3. Hitch Mount Bike Rack This type of bike rack can be fitted to any vehicle that has a hitch receiver. Most are suited to a 2 inch receiver and some are for a 1 and ¼ inch receiver. I particularly like this option because no one can steal your bikes! Its also a lot sturdier. Some people worry that it will add too much weight to the back of the car but the rack is light and very strong. Its built to carry bikes but its not bulky. Some models (the more expensive ones) let you swing the rack away from the car so you have access to the trunk.
They are tested to be able to hold the stated weight and number of bikes. Saving money on a 4 bike rack or other capacity carrier will help increase the budget on the actual bike that you want but may not be able to afford. You could also use the money you save to upgrade parts of the bike to better or more lightweight ones that are made from carbon fiber. All this and without sacrificing quality and piece of mind that your bike is safe while being transported on your car. Like their other products Bell Sports has the cyclist in mind when they design their bike carriers for cars.