Bike Rack / July 19, 2018 / Belda Beaudoin
Whether you are just an avid user an adventurer or commuter different bike racks are available depending on your needs. An indoor bike rack is the most common. This type of rack is often seen in bike stores. It comes in two forms the wall-mounted rack and the double-decker rack. The wall-mounted rack is attached to a wall making a bike stay in an upright position avoiding bends. The double-decker rack however can accommodate a lot of bikes at the same time. This can be very convenient for those who want to save space. The outdoor bike rack on the other hand is dependable in keeping bikes safe and steady in the outdoors.
If you have more than one type of bike to tow the best choice for transport is the tray hitch mount rack which accommodates all types of bikes and can carry up to four safely. Look for locking features in the bike rack you buy. Most will have a method of locking the bikes in place and also a pin for locking the rack securely to the trailer hitch. You will also want to consider a rack with anti-vibration technology to prevent your bikes from banging together on bumpy roads or worse bumping against your vehicle and damaging the finish. Hitch mounted bike racks are the least expensive way to carry your expensive bikes.
Hitch mount back racks that fit into the receiver come in either 1.25-inch or 2-inch shank sizes so it is essential that you know the size of your receptacle. Consult the vehicle owners manual for this information. Many racks however can be adapted to fit either trailer hitch. The size and style of carrier you buy will depend upon the type and number of cycles you have to transport. Know the tongue weight (TW) of the bike rack you plan to buy which is not a difficult task as there are only two. The 1.25 TW (1.25-in shank) can safely carry one or two bikes while the 2 TW (2-inch) can handle up to five.