Bike Rack / July 21, 2018 / Avelaine Labrecque
Just recently I was shopping for a new roof bike rack and was surprised at how many options and styles were out there. I had to return two different racks before I found a style that met my needs and worked on my car. While shopping for my new roof bike rack I came across a few resources that I will use from now on to help with all my future rack needs. Choosing the best bicycle rack for your vehicle can be a timely and confusing process. It gets complicated trying to figure out which racks will work on your vehicle. Can you use a roof bike rack or do you need a trunk-mounted rack? Will you be able to carry multiple bikes at a time or are you limited to just one? Well youre in luck.
If you opt for a towing hitch mount bike rack the kind that allow you to transport bikes and tow at the same time be aware of the maximum tow weight (normally from 2000 to 3500 pounds). Some of the towing hitch mount bike racks come with a tow bar attached but you can still only tow small loads such as small trailers or boats. With the exception of the fixed frame rack most of the hitch mount bike racks fold or tilt for ease of access to the rear of the vehicle or for parking. Racks that fold down do not allow easy access to the vehicles rear cargo area but are convenient for parking.
Remember the purpose of the rack is to get your bicycles safely securely and conveniently to and from the rides. When you start bicycling usually you begin by your home. But when you get more serious about biking you might want to ride in different areas. That means you will probably need to get a bike rack for your vehicle to open up your bicycling opportunities. There are many types of bike racks and they all work well but it depends on what type of vehicle you have. There are racks that attach to the trunk or rear hatch of a car. There are racks that attach to the roof of your vehicle (these racks offer more versatility for other items such as skis or cargo but can be rather expensive).