Bike Rack / August 15, 2018 / Avelaine Labrecque.
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.
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.
If a car can fit roof racks then your car will be able to carry a bike. Personally I dont like this option because of the wind resistance and the amount of gas my car chews when going on a long trip. I also find the bikes are more exposed to rain insects dirt and dust and are more protected behind the car. But if you are concerned that the other types of bike racks will not fit your car or indeed cannot then the roof top is still an option. 2. Trunk Mount Bike Rack These guys are really useful for people with cars (and not an SUV or truck). They fit on the trunk with straps and steel frames.
The better trunk mounted racks have individual cradles for each bike. These cradles insure the bike does not slide around on the support bars and makes securing the bike much easier. When hauling more than one bike the cradles help keep the bikes separate so that your custom paint job is not ruined. It is also important that the bike racks for cars keep the bikes off the vehicle if you plan on switching the rack from vehicle to vehicle this is something to be aware of when you put if on a new vehicle put a new bike on the rack or change up the regular order in which the bikes are placed on the rack.