Bike Rack / July 19, 2018 / Corette Jolicoeur
Tip 5: Who will normally be loading the bikes onto your rack or carrier? Dont assume your 90-pound "5-foot-barely" daughter will be able to load bikes onto the same rack arrangement as your "6-foot-and-taller" 200-pound son the linebacker! This will ultimately be an important factor in deciding what type of bike rack you want to buy and where you will mount it. Tip 6: NOW think about how much you can afford to spend. Pricing should be one of the last considerations if youre serious about getting a quality bike rack. Once youve taken all 6 tips into account go to your local bike shop or take a trip online and see what meets your needs at a price you can afford. If you are able to lead or ride your bicycle literally everywhere you want to go a bike rack may not even be in your thinking. But in the real world bike racks or carriers are necessary for most bikes and biking.
Your first decision should be if you are looking for a trunk or rear mounted bicycle rack or will you invest in a bike rack that is mounted on the roof of the car. This can be something that seems irrelevant but after purchasing it could turn into a major problem. Choosing a roof mounted bicycle rack protects the bikes finish from scratches. It will prevent most damage to the bikes frame. Having a roof rack will eliminate any visibility issues when looking in the rear. Backing up or parallel parking will never be an issue if purchasing a roof rack. Purchasing a roof rack allows you to access your trunk with ease.
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.