Bike Rack / July 21, 2018 / Colette Plaisance
Remember the purpose of the rack is to get your bicycles safely securely and conveniently to and from the rides. When you start bicycling usually you begin by your home. But when you get more serious about biking you might want to ride in different areas. That means you will probably need to get a bike rack for your vehicle to open up your bicycling opportunities. There are many types of bike racks and they all work well but it depends on what type of vehicle you have. There are racks that attach to the trunk or rear hatch of a car. There are racks that attach to the roof of your vehicle (these racks offer more versatility for other items such as skis or cargo but can be rather expensive).
Some trunk racks come pre-assemble which is ideal. There are many parts that come with car racks for bikes and having to not have to assemble the unit is great. Also you need to consider whether you can store the bike carrier in your trunk while not in use or is there a secure and safe way to leave it on. Being able to leave your bikes on the rack while attached to your trunk is also something to think about. After or before you go cycling you may want to stop for some food or a drink and taking your bicycles off the rack to lock them off is just a hassle. So many bike racks now come with locks or some sort of locking mechanism so that your expensive bikes are safe from theft.
The Yakima "Swing Daddy" has a feature that allows the rack to completely swing out of the way to give you complete access to the rear of your vehicle. The idea of a "right" or "best" bike rack is almost as hard to define as the "right" or "best" bicycle for you. But here are six tips to help you buy the one you need -- the one that offers the best combination of features quality and price for YOU is obviously the only "right" bicycle carrier you need to be concerned about! You could easily spend hundreds of dollars for a good new carrier or get by with only tens of dollars in expense to buy a good used one.