Bike Rack / July 21, 2018 / Avelaine Labrecque
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.
There are a few different ways that bike rack companies employ to mount your bike to the rack. Some have handles that the bicycle will rest on then a strap or securing mechanism to keep the bike attached and safe while the car is in motion. Other racks have bars that attach to the wheels or different parts of the frame to minimize and possible damage to your bike frame. Additionally for bikes with unconventional frames you may have to get an adapter to be able to mount your bike on trunk mount bike racks that are made for standard sized bicycles. As you can see to find the perfect rear trunk bike rack its not as easy as finding one in your price range.
The Top Brands for Hitch Racks In the hitch bike rack world it seems to be dominated by three manufacturers: Thule Saris and Yakima. There are others but these three seem to be the quality innovators. Other companies that offer good choices for the price conscious shopper include: Swagman Softride Hollywood and Draftmaster. Speaking of innovation Yakima has a hitch rack that over comes a big problem that is the downside of a rear mounting system. Because these racks are at the back of the vehicle it can make it difficult to get into the rear of the vehicle with the rack in place.