Bike Rack / July 21, 2018 / Avelaine Labrecque
One big factor is the amount of bikes youll need to carry. The more bicycles that a rack can hold the more expensive usually. Also with more carrying capacity comes more weight and sometimes more parts. All this should be considered first when choosing a trunk mount bike rack. Some other options to consider are locking bike mounting mechanisms and ease of installation and daily use. All these are valid concerns that go into choosing any bicycle car rack but especially a trunk bicycle rack. Everything else beyond these factors are a plus. Installation is important because if you use the rack frequently you want this to be easy.
I would also suggest getting a receiver bike rack that fits both Class 2 and Class 3 hitches. You cannot get Class 3 hitches for all vehicles and if also makes it easier to move the hitch to other vehicles such as your friends car because its their turn to drive. Some other issues to keep in mind when using bike racks. First when you have 2 or more bikes on you bike rack they will probably rub together and scratch you bikes. There are accessories that will help you keep your bicycles away from each other but I have not used them "yet". And second some smaller mountain bikes will not fit on your bike rack.
Remember the purpose of the rack is to get your bicycles safely securely and conveniently to and from the rides. When you start bicycling usually you begin by your home. But when you get more serious about biking you might want to ride in different areas. That means you will probably need to get a bike rack for your vehicle to open up your bicycling opportunities. There are many types of bike racks and they all work well but it depends on what type of vehicle you have. There are racks that attach to the trunk or rear hatch of a car. There are racks that attach to the roof of your vehicle (these racks offer more versatility for other items such as skis or cargo but can be rather expensive).