Bike Carrier / July 21, 2018 / Avelaine Labrecque
This allows for maximum vehicle clearance once mounted on the vehicle. The setup is easy as most come pre-assembled and made to be used one way so you will never get it wrong. For rack carrier models that can carry multiple bikes there are usually separate tie downs for each bicycle for better reliability and security. Another popular type of Allen bike rack is the hitch mount models. These like the trunk models have individual tie-downs for racks that carry several bikes. The design of the rack arm is such that it can be folded out of the way when not in use. This is a very convenient feature.
The second type is what is called the roof mount bike rack. With this rack you will have an unobstructed view of objects in the rear view mirror. Installation will be quite expensive if your vehicle does not come with crossbars or roof rack and because you will need a professional to mount the rack for you. The most durable of the 3 types of bike racks for cars mentioned earlier is the one that is mounted to the trailer hitch of your vehicle. They are built to last since they will travel on the same road that your car travels on plus it solves the problem with height restrictions when you need to park in low ceiling parking lots.
To get the most benefit and use out of your bike its important to take the time and choose the right one for your situation. Bike rakes are usually broken down into two categories - ones that go on top of your vehicle and ones that go behind. Both of these types work perfectly when installed correctly but your vehicle may only support one type. Read the instructions and label before purchasing any bike rack to ensure it will install properly on your make and model vehicle. If you choose to install a rack that mounts on the top of your vehicle be sure to watch for low clearances as you drive.