Cycle Rack / July 21, 2018 / Colette Plaisance
The best bike rack as you will find will incorporate both refined security features and an innovative design. Taking a close look at the available styles and specifications available in todays bike racks can quickly lead you by process of elimination to the rack that achieves the greatest balance between security and style. Youll also find racks that accommodate certain environments better than others. Such considerations will become fairly obvious of course as you become more aware of the rack-types available then making a simple common-sense decision. With a little bit of solid research a clear winner will surely begin to emerge.
In Australia this means bicycle racks must at least meet the parking device guidelines established by Austroads Part 14 and AS2890.3. Here are some guidelines to help you select a bike rack that cyclists will use. What to look for... Bicycle racks should attract cyclists and by design should encourage use. * Security - racks must allow the bike frame and wheel(s) to be locked securely. * Protection - racks must support the bicycle frame and not hold the wheel. * Most racks are misused to some degree. Look for racks which provide the same opportunity for security whether the bike is on the end or middle of the rack.
There are basically 4 types of bicycle racks available today. Here they are: Roof Mounted Bike Racks Roof mounted bike racks are a popular choice for bike storage and transportation today. The bike is conveniently situated on the roof of the car or SUV and the back of the vehicle is left easy to access. If you have a roof rack already mounted on your vehicle it makes this a much easier choice. However there are some versions that work without a car roof rack. The downside to a rack on the roof is that it exposes the bicycle to the elements. Flying rocks and debris can hit the bike and cause damage.