Cycle Rack / July 21, 2018 / Colette Plaisance
The rack can also provide a surface for attaching a roof-box which can carry luggage sports equipment and your bikes under cover. This method of carrying can also prevent damage to the bikes with the upright clamped position. Youll pay slightly more for the benefits of this bike-rack and may have to use a small ladder to actually get your bikes off and on to the set-up. Hitch mount bike racks: Typically offer from two to five bike capacities. Some racks offer the ability to add additional bike capacity at a later time. Make sure you hitch is capable of supporting the weight of the bikes.
The roof bike rack has also always been status symbol. If you transport your bike on your roof-you are a serious cyclist. The downside to roof racks is that it can be cumbersome to lift your bike way above your car top at the end of a long ride or grueling race. Because some vehicles are getting taller this can be especially difficult. It can also be a problem when you are tired and forget your bike is up there and drive into a low ceiling area. Ouch! Another negative to the roof rack system is that a bike transported there creates extra drag for the car and that reduces your gas mileage.
Hitch Mount Bike Racks Hitch mount bike racks are becoming increasingly popular today-even with serious cyclists. There are some designs that swing out of the way so you can access the rear entry areas of your vehicle. One company has a design that serves a dual function. It can be taken off quickly and used as a bike storage rack in your home or apartment or work. Of course you need a hitch receiver on your vehicle to use this type of bike carrier It must be either 2 inch or 1.25 inch. The benefits of hitch racks are similar to the trunk versions-better protection and increased gas mileage.