Bike Carrier / July 21, 2018 / Avelaine Labrecque
Roof mounted carriers can be perfect for SUVs that already have crossbars fitted to the roof of such vehicles. They allow the users to set the bike upon the roof of the vehicle and for significantly less cost if racks already exist on the roof of the SUV. Larger SUVs can hold even seven bikes with the help of this installation. Hitch-mounted racks usually cost more than most other racks but are available in a range of sizes to fit securely with vehicles of different dimensions including various models of SUVs. There is quite a large selection of bike racks in the market and choosing the right one for your car can be quite a challenge.
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.
Also getting replacement parts for their products will be easier as they have a better ability to keep producing parts for older models due to the size of their manufacturing operations. All these things should be factored into the purchase price of a bike carrying product. Whether considering a trunk hitch roof or even truck bed bike rack Thule and Yakima will make many models within each of these categories. This is another reason to consider top brands before venturing out to value brands and cheap products available for sale. The old saying you get what you pay for often times is true in the cycling industry.