Bike Rack / July 21, 2018 / Avelaine Labrecque
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.
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.
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.