Bike Rack / August 5, 2018 / Dielle Tachel.
Most popular variations are the trunk and hitch Bell bicycle rack models. These are easy to use and install. Mounting the rack on your car is straightforward with the included straps and hooks like other trunk-mount models from other manufacturers. To carry more than two or three bikes a 4 bicycle rack like the Hitchbiker from Bell is what cyclists seek out to carpool with friends and family. The proper size receiver hitch will be necessary for this option. The great thing about Bell racks are that they are affordable. However dont equate the low price for the product being cheap.
Towing: This type of hitch mounted bike carrier will hold three to four bikes and can tow a load of 2000 to 3500 pounds at the same time. Ball Mount: This bike holder is for vehicles that have a bumper-mounted ball hitch rather than a hitch receiver. Bear in mind though that the weight bearing capacity of a cars bumper is less than it would be with the receiver. Most ball mounted do not fold. The trend of buying bicycle racks for cars has been increasing quite dramatically in recent months. This is not only to do with the high cost of gas but the growing popularity of a very family orientated sport.
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.
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.