Bike Rack / July 19, 2018 / Belda Beaudoin
If you opt for a towing hitch mount bike rack the kind that allow you to transport bikes and tow at the same time be aware of the maximum tow weight (normally from 2000 to 3500 pounds). Some of the towing hitch mount bike racks come with a tow bar attached but you can still only tow small loads such as small trailers or boats. With the exception of the fixed frame rack most of the hitch mount bike racks fold or tilt for ease of access to the rear of the vehicle or for parking. Racks that fold down do not allow easy access to the vehicles rear cargo area but are convenient for parking.
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.
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.