Bike Carrier / July 21, 2018 / Avelaine Labrecque
Failure to select the right bike rack can lead to possible safety hazards scratches on the vehicle and even damage or loss of the bike. Buyers need to take into account several other factors such as the height of the vehicle the shape of the frame of the bicycle importance of security to the buyer and the number of bikes they will be carrying on their vehicle. SUVs are larger and rounder than most other cars and need racks that are specifically for these models. Therefore buyers must consider from among the three main types of bicycle racks to decide upon the right bike rack for carrying bikes on their SUVs.
Thats how handy a bicycle rack for cars really is. Not only that they are easy to assemble and mount to the back of your car. If the whole familys into biking then I suggest you try the Yakima Doubledown 5-bike Hitch Mount Rack model. It is sturdy enough to carry 5 bikes while at the same time it allows you to load and unload the rear of your vehicle without having to dismount your bikes. It is even a neat way to declutter your garage from all the bikes lying around. For those with fewer bikes you can opt for the Yakima Doubledown 2-bike Yakima Quickback 3-bike or the Yakima Bighorn 4-bike Rack models.
Most of the bicycle carriers are designed for up to 2 bicycles and some can carry three. At the end of the day your choice will come down to which bike rack will actually fit your car. Keep in mind that the maker often sells additional straps to help to secure the rack if it doesnt fit completely. The Car Roof Rack The trouble with this is that its the most expensive option. You will have to get crossbars and bike trays installed onto the vehicle first and only then can you think of adding the bike rack too it. Another down side is the added wind resistance when traveling. The height of the bikes on the car adds hectic drag to the car hence you gas bill goes up too. The Trunk Mount Bike Rack The second idea is to the get a trunk mount rack. This type of rack straps onto the car with special nylon webbing straps and has cushioned contact points so you dont damage the paint. Most models are easy to get on and off. There are a few downs to this type of bike carrier too. You will not be able to get in and out of the rear end of the car because the straps are fastened down onto the car. Plus a sedans are usually low and the clearance between your bike tire and the ground maybe a few millimeters.