Bike Rack / August 5, 2018 / Dielle Tachel.
The Top Brands for Hitch Racks In the hitch bike rack world it seems to be dominated by three manufacturers: Thule Saris and Yakima. There are others but these three seem to be the quality innovators. Other companies that offer good choices for the price conscious shopper include: Swagman Softride Hollywood and Draftmaster. Speaking of innovation Yakima has a hitch rack that over comes a big problem that is the downside of a rear mounting system. Because these racks are at the back of the vehicle it can make it difficult to get into the rear of the vehicle with the rack in place.
If you plan on using this rack for daily use or several times a week you should think about investing in a rack that is going to be durable. If you are going to be making a sizable investment you should be investing in something that can potentially last for years. Vehicle Specifications Taking a look at the type of vehicle that you own should be something to consider when purchasing a bike rack for your car or SUV. If you own an SUV purchasing a roof rack may not be a wise decision due to the height of the SUV. If you are leasing your vehicle you may want to check with the dealer to see if there will be any fees assessed for additions to the vehicle. The size and shape of your trunk can also be a deciding factor on the type of rack you purchase. Purchasing the correct bike rack is not difficult but it requires a thought process. How much money should you spend how often will you be using it and the type of vehicle you own should all be considered when you are doing your initial research. Once you have narrowed it down, go ahead and make that purchase with confidence.
I would also suggest getting a receiver bike rack that fits both Class 2 and Class 3 hitches. You cannot get Class 3 hitches for all vehicles and if also makes it easier to move the hitch to other vehicles such as your friends car because its their turn to drive. Some other issues to keep in mind when using bike racks. First when you have 2 or more bikes on you bike rack they will probably rub together and scratch you bikes. There are accessories that will help you keep your bicycles away from each other but I have not used them "yet". And second some smaller mountain bikes will not fit on your bike rack.
Just recently I was shopping for a new roof bike rack and was surprised at how many options and styles were out there. I had to return two different racks before I found a style that met my needs and worked on my car. While shopping for my new roof bike rack I came across a few resources that I will use from now on to help with all my future rack needs. Choosing the best bicycle rack for your vehicle can be a timely and confusing process. It gets complicated trying to figure out which racks will work on your vehicle. Can you use a roof bike rack or do you need a trunk-mounted rack? Will you be able to carry multiple bikes at a time or are you limited to just one? Well youre in luck.