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.
Most popular variations are the trunk and hitch Bell bicycle rack models. These are easy to use and install. Mounting the rack on your car is straightforward with the included straps and hooks like other trunk-mount models from other manufacturers. To carry more than two or three bikes a 4 bicycle rack like the Hitchbiker from Bell is what cyclists seek out to carpool with friends and family. The proper size receiver hitch will be necessary for this option. The great thing about Bell racks are that they are affordable. However dont equate the low price for the product being cheap.
Speaking of protection a bike that is transported from the rear will also not be damaged when the driver forgets the bike is on the roof and drives into a low ceiling garage. The best benefit of a hitch mount bike rack is the money it will save you on gas. A bike on a roof rack creates drag and cuts down on your gas mileage. A rear transported bike will not create the same kind of drag. If you have more than one bike there are versions of hitch bike racks that can accommodate up to 5 bicycles. Finally the ease of taking the bike on and off is very quick and you do not have to remove the tires-so you are ready to get cycling faster once at your destination.