Cycle Rack / July 21, 2018 / Colette Plaisance
Bicycle Parking What to look for - What to avoid With todays bicycles costing a small fortune cyclists now look for bike racks that will not damage their bikes and allow locking of the wheel and frame with a U lock. Unfortunately many parking facilities provided for cyclists are poorly designed and remain unused. Cyclists are forced to lock their bikes to trees and posts or lean them against building fronts and windows. This not only creates an eyesore but causes damage to property and becomes a hazard to pedestrians. The key to providing a safe and effective bicycle parking program is to specify high quality attractive bike racks.
Also drivers have been known to forget the bike is on top of their vehicle and they damage the bike when they drive into low ceiling areas like car ports or garages. Hitch Bike Rack The hitch rack is very convenient but you must have a hitch or at least a receiver for one. If you do this can be a good choice. Some versions are fixed and mount solidly against the back of the vehicle so the bike is secure. There are other versions available that allow the bike to swing away so the rear of the vehicle can be accessed. Many people like this type of a bike rack because the bicycle is protected from flying debris.
Also this type of a set up will definitely make it difficult to access a rear hatch or trunk. Truck Bed Bike Rack If you drive a truck why not consider using the bed of the truck for storage and transporting of your bicycles? This type of a rack firmly attaches to the bed of the truck and can carry one or more bikes. This works great as compared to just throwing bikes in the back of the truck. Using this type of a rack protects the bikes from getting damaged or bent. The only real downside to this type of bike storage is that bikes will take up part of the truck bed so you will have less room for the storage of other items if you are taking a trip.