Bike Rack / August 10, 2018 / Colette Plaisance.
If you plan on using this rack for daily use or several times a week you should think about investing in a rack that is going to be durable. If you are going to be making a sizable investment you should be investing in something that can potentially last for years. Vehicle Specifications Taking a look at the type of vehicle that you own should be something to consider when purchasing a bike rack for your car or SUV. If you own an SUV purchasing a roof rack may not be a wise decision due to the height of the SUV. If you are leasing your vehicle you may want to check with the dealer to see if there will be any fees assessed for additions to the vehicle. The size and shape of your trunk can also be a deciding factor on the type of rack you purchase. Purchasing the correct bike rack is not difficult but it requires a thought process. How much money should you spend how often will you be using it and the type of vehicle you own should all be considered when you are doing your initial research. Once you have narrowed it down, go ahead and make that purchase with confidence.
While I cant tell you exactly what your rack needs are I can point you to someone who can: Thule. Whether youre going to end up purchasing a Thule rack or not you will find the Thule website (Thule.com) is a great source for figuring out what style you need. This website was very useful in helping me choose a new roof bike rack and I highly recommend doing some research on this site before making a purchase. On the Thule site you can select what kind of rack youre looking for (bike rack ski rack base rack etc.). First youll want to select bicycle rack and then select the load capacity youre looking for(1 2 3 4 or 5 bikes).
The idea is to safely carry your bikes without at the same time doing any damage to the body of your vehicle. Of all the methods available for bike transport by far the easiest to use and least expensive are the hitch mounted bike racks. These carriers fit on or in the trailer hitch of your vehicle and are a snap to install or remove. Most are heavy duty steel construction making them durable to withstand many long road trips. Bike Rack Basics Hitch mounted bike carriers fit on the trailer hitch of your vehicle either the hitch receiver or the ball affixed to the bumper.
4. Be Careful of Damaging the Paint Work on Your Car This happens to those people who buy the trunk mount bike rack that come with straps. This doesnt imply that this type of rack is a bad one just takes the necessary precautions to prevent scratches. You can buy some cheap rubber padding and put it between the frame and car for extra care. Also make sure the car is clean and dust free when you attach the rack to avoid the sandpapering effect. Lastly choose a rack that is going to fit your car properly. A bad fit will mean it will be a tad loose and end up rubbing badly.