Bike Rack / July 21, 2018 / Avelaine Labrecque
Some trunk racks come pre-assemble which is ideal. There are many parts that come with car racks for bikes and having to not have to assemble the unit is great. Also you need to consider whether you can store the bike carrier in your trunk while not in use or is there a secure and safe way to leave it on. Being able to leave your bikes on the rack while attached to your trunk is also something to think about. After or before you go cycling you may want to stop for some food or a drink and taking your bicycles off the rack to lock them off is just a hassle. So many bike racks now come with locks or some sort of locking mechanism so that your expensive bikes are safe from theft.
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.
Tip 5: Who will normally be loading the bikes onto your rack or carrier? Dont assume your 90-pound "5-foot-barely" daughter will be able to load bikes onto the same rack arrangement as your "6-foot-and-taller" 200-pound son the linebacker! This will ultimately be an important factor in deciding what type of bike rack you want to buy and where you will mount it. Tip 6: NOW think about how much you can afford to spend. Pricing should be one of the last considerations if youre serious about getting a quality bike rack. Once youve taken all 6 tips into account go to your local bike shop or take a trip online and see what meets your needs at a price you can afford. If you are able to lead or ride your bicycle literally everywhere you want to go a bike rack may not even be in your thinking. But in the real world bike racks or carriers are necessary for most bikes and biking.