Bike Rack / July 20, 2018 / Dielle Tachel
Because there are a wide range of prices out there and because there are many features available in all price ranges never start with price considerations first. Instead consider the following: Tip 1: What vehicle are you planning to use the rack on? You need to know exactly what type of vehicle and if at all possible exactly which vehicle you will mount the carrier on. You need to know all this so you can decide on how you want it to mount on the vehicle. Will it bolt to the frame? Will you be mounting it on brackets or braces attached to a bumper? Once you know the details you can choose the right rack for your specific vehicle.
They are tested to be able to hold the stated weight and number of bikes. Saving money on a 4 bike rack or other capacity carrier will help increase the budget on the actual bike that you want but may not be able to afford. You could also use the money you save to upgrade parts of the bike to better or more lightweight ones that are made from carbon fiber. All this and without sacrificing quality and piece of mind that your bike is safe while being transported on your car. Like their other products Bell Sports has the cyclist in mind when they design their bike carriers for cars.
Hitch mount back racks that fit into the receiver come in either 1.25-inch or 2-inch shank sizes so it is essential that you know the size of your receptacle. Consult the vehicle owners manual for this information. Many racks however can be adapted to fit either trailer hitch. The size and style of carrier you buy will depend upon the type and number of cycles you have to transport. Know the tongue weight (TW) of the bike rack you plan to buy which is not a difficult task as there are only two. The 1.25 TW (1.25-in shank) can safely carry one or two bikes while the 2 TW (2-inch) can handle up to five.