Bike Carrier / July 20, 2018 / Colette Plaisance
Is there a possibility that this bike rack will be used on more than one vehicle? How hard is it going to be to switch the rack from vehicle to vehicle? • Is your bike specialized in such a way that it is either oddly shaped such as tandem? A hitch rack would not be recommended here. • Consider whether or not the vehicle with which youll be transporting your bike is leased or owned outright by you. In case any damage occurs which hopefully will not if you choose the right rack you will be responsible for the repair costs on a leased vehicle. Score another point for hitch mounted. • Realistically determine whether or not you can lift your bicycle with one hand and how high you can lift it by yourself. Hitch mounted bike racks are easiest.
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.
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.