Bike Rack / July 20, 2018 / Corette Jolicoeur
Some of the disadvantages of a roof rack are the height issue. Mounting the bike on a roof rack requires some type of ladder or step stool. Even using this type of assistance can become a major problem for shorter individuals. The use of a roof rack requires the driver to pay close attention to garage and bridge clearance. Failing to follow maximum clearance guidelines can result in car and bike damage or both. Using a roof rack creates wind resistance which can result in poor gas mileage. Roof racks also require a crossbar system that must be installed on your vehicle. Purchasing one can be time-consuming and expensive. Durability How often will you be using your bike rack? When you invest in a bicycle rack this is something that you should have in mind. If you are using it for an occasional use you will most likely be able to purchase a simple and cheap setup.
Whether you are just an avid user an adventurer or commuter different bike racks are available depending on your needs. An indoor bike rack is the most common. This type of rack is often seen in bike stores. It comes in two forms the wall-mounted rack and the double-decker rack. The wall-mounted rack is attached to a wall making a bike stay in an upright position avoiding bends. The double-decker rack however can accommodate a lot of bikes at the same time. This can be very convenient for those who want to save space. The outdoor bike rack on the other hand is dependable in keeping bikes safe and steady in the outdoors.
Try to buy one that is already assembled. It makes the job of mounting it on the trunk a whole lot easier. The down side is that some people do complain that its easy for bikes to get stolen - and have had this happen! This is because the trunk mount is so easy to install and remove that a bicycle robber (if there is such a thing) will be able to get their dirty hands on your precious baby in no time. So if theft is an issue then the trunk mount bike rack might not be the answer. Also each maker is best suited to certain cars. You will have to check this out with the maker or in the fine print section when shopping online.