Bike Rack / August 15, 2018 / Avelaine Labrecque.
The Yakima "Swing Daddy" has a feature that allows the rack to completely swing out of the way to give you complete access to the rear of your vehicle. The idea of a "right" or "best" bike rack is almost as hard to define as the "right" or "best" bicycle for you. But here are six tips to help you buy the one you need -- the one that offers the best combination of features quality and price for YOU is obviously the only "right" bicycle carrier you need to be concerned about! You could easily spend hundreds of dollars for a good new carrier or get by with only tens of dollars in expense to buy a good used one.
Some trunk racks come pre-assemble which is ideal. There are many parts that come with car racks for bikes and having to not have to assemble the unit is great. Also you need to consider whether you can store the bike carrier in your trunk while not in use or is there a secure and safe way to leave it on. Being able to leave your bikes on the rack while attached to your trunk is also something to think about. After or before you go cycling you may want to stop for some food or a drink and taking your bicycles off the rack to lock them off is just a hassle. So many bike racks now come with locks or some sort of locking mechanism so that your expensive bikes are safe from theft.
One big factor is the amount of bikes youll need to carry. The more bicycles that a rack can hold the more expensive usually. Also with more carrying capacity comes more weight and sometimes more parts. All this should be considered first when choosing a trunk mount bike rack. Some other options to consider are locking bike mounting mechanisms and ease of installation and daily use. All these are valid concerns that go into choosing any bicycle car rack but especially a trunk bicycle rack. Everything else beyond these factors are a plus. Installation is important because if you use the rack frequently you want this to be easy.
Tip 3: Where do you want the bikes to be racked? That is physically where do you wish to carry your bikes? Do you want a roof rack? How about something mounted on the rear of your vehicle? Maybe youd even like to install a hitch and pull a trailer bike carrier. (Now you know why Tip 1 was important: Knowing the vehicle youre using youve probably already decided this.) Tip 4: What size and shape are your bikes? Some of the fancier bike racks may be great for your $7000 high-tech Trek racing bike but how will they handle your kids 20-inch BMX off road bikes? Never consider a bike rack or bike carrier without thinking about how it will fit your specific bike or bikes.