Cycle Rack / July 21, 2018 / Avelaine Labrecque
Finishes and Materials Most good bike racks today are available in a variety of finishes. Paint - Racks that are painted chip and rust. Stay clear. Colour coatings - High density colour powder coatings can produce an attractive colourful product that is scratch and corrosion resistant. Colour powder coatings applied directly to a steel frame will rust while colour powder coatings on a galvanised frame will chip very easily. If you want a colour finish ask for powder coatings on a zinc electroplated frame. Not recommended for areas within 2km from salt water. Galvanised steel - Virtually maintenance free and weather resistant.
Bike racks are used for the protection of both the bike and the vehicle. A roof mounted bike rack is frequently used and it is ideal for carrying bikes in cars trucks and other similar vehicles. A roof bike rack can hold up to four bikes at a time. Some roof mounted bike racks come clamped with a camper roof and are used as a conventional roof rack for sports vehicles. Rear hitch-mount racks are another commonly used type. Rear hitch-mount racks better known as receiver hitch racks can carry up to five bikes. To carry one or two bikes rear ball-hitch mount racks are ideal.
Bikes are often very close together and the use of foam pipe-insulator as a protective wrap is recommended. Bikes must be securely strapped to prevent bounce and access to the boot is often completely cut off. Sports car interior: You can get brackets to ensure your bike doesnt shift around when carrying it inside your vehicle and presuming you have enough room this is a cheaper and safer option (less chances of thieves getting their hands on the bikes). Roof mounted racks: A secure position which will carry at least 4 bikes and can take many more depending on your vehicle.