Bike Rack / July 21, 2018 / Avelaine Labrecque
The Right Up 2 or Hitchbiker 4 would be a good choice for a 4 bike rack to mount on a receiver hitch. As you can see you cant go wrong with a Bell bike rack on your car. If you are a cyclist and own a sedan hatchback or any other car with a trunk a trunk mount bike rack is a great option as a rear bicycle carrier for your vehicle. Even within this type of auto bike rack there are many brands and contenders. But there are some important things to consider when choosing the best trunk bike rack for your bicycle transportation needs. Knowing how each type of trunk rack for bikes varies will help you choose the right carrier system.
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.
Some of the disadvantages of a roof rack are the height issue. Mounting the bike on a roof rack requires some type of ladder or step stool. Even using this type of assistance can become a major problem for shorter individuals. The use of a roof rack requires the driver to pay close attention to garage and bridge clearance. Failing to follow maximum clearance guidelines can result in car and bike damage or both. Using a roof rack creates wind resistance which can result in poor gas mileage. Roof racks also require a crossbar system that must be installed on your vehicle. Purchasing one can be time-consuming and expensive. Durability How often will you be using your bike rack? When you invest in a bicycle rack this is something that you should have in mind. If you are using it for an occasional use you will most likely be able to purchase a simple and cheap setup.