Bike Rack / July 21, 2018 / Colette Plaisance
There are a few different ways that bike rack companies employ to mount your bike to the rack. Some have handles that the bicycle will rest on then a strap or securing mechanism to keep the bike attached and safe while the car is in motion. Other racks have bars that attach to the wheels or different parts of the frame to minimize and possible damage to your bike frame. Additionally for bikes with unconventional frames you may have to get an adapter to be able to mount your bike on trunk mount bike racks that are made for standard sized bicycles. As you can see to find the perfect rear trunk bike rack its not as easy as finding one in your price range.
Also if I sell my vehicle and buy something without a spare tire on the back of it the bike rack will no longer be of use to me. If I had bought a receiver hitch bike rack I could move it around from vehicle to vehicle (assuming they have a receiver hitch). The other reason I wish I have bought a receiver hitch bike rack is the number of bikes you can get on the rack. The spare tire bike racks are limited to two bikes. You can get versions of receiver hitch bike racks that can hold 3 4 or even 5 bikes. Its not that big of a deal when you are bicycling by yourself but when you start hanging out with other bicyclists it is nice to be able to get more bikes on your bike rack for getting away from your usual bike rides.
This will narrow down the number of racks you have to choose from. Depending on the number of bikes you select your mounting options will change. For instance if you select three bikes the only types of racks available are hitch racks or rear racks. If you want a roof bike rack you can only select a load capacity of one bike. Play around with your options so you get a good idea of which styles can carry different quantities of bikes. When youre ready to start looking at specific racks rather than just the bike rack styles you can scroll down the page and see which Thule racks are available in the style of your choice.