Bike Rack / July 21, 2018 / Avelaine Labrecque
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.
I would also suggest getting a receiver bike rack that fits both Class 2 and Class 3 hitches. You cannot get Class 3 hitches for all vehicles and if also makes it easier to move the hitch to other vehicles such as your friends car because its their turn to drive. Some other issues to keep in mind when using bike racks. First when you have 2 or more bikes on you bike rack they will probably rub together and scratch you bikes. There are accessories that will help you keep your bicycles away from each other but I have not used them "yet". And second some smaller mountain bikes will not fit on your bike rack.
The problem is that there are also a lot of returns of bike racks because people buy the wrong bike carrier and end up with scratches or loose racks and are generally unhappy with their purchase. So if you are thinking of getting car bike racks anytime soon read through this article to find out what common mistakes you can avoid when buying a bike carrier. 1. Choose The Correct Bike Rack for Your Car here are 5 main types of bicycle racks for cars and trucks. They are the roof mount hitch mount trunk mount tire mount and truck bed mount. The type of rack you buy will depend on the type of car you have among a few other things.