Bike Rack / August 14, 2018 / Garland Montminy.
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.
One big factor is the amount of bikes youll need to carry. The more bicycles that a rack can hold the more expensive usually. Also with more carrying capacity comes more weight and sometimes more parts. All this should be considered first when choosing a trunk mount bike rack. Some other options to consider are locking bike mounting mechanisms and ease of installation and daily use. All these are valid concerns that go into choosing any bicycle car rack but especially a trunk bicycle rack. Everything else beyond these factors are a plus. Installation is important because if you use the rack frequently you want this to be easy.
If a car can fit roof racks then your car will be able to carry a bike. Personally I dont like this option because of the wind resistance and the amount of gas my car chews when going on a long trip. I also find the bikes are more exposed to rain insects dirt and dust and are more protected behind the car. But if you are concerned that the other types of bike racks will not fit your car or indeed cannot then the roof top is still an option. 2. Trunk Mount Bike Rack These guys are really useful for people with cars (and not an SUV or truck). They fit on the trunk with straps and steel frames.
Some trunk racks come pre-assemble which is ideal. There are many parts that come with car racks for bikes and having to not have to assemble the unit is great. Also you need to consider whether you can store the bike carrier in your trunk while not in use or is there a secure and safe way to leave it on. Being able to leave your bikes on the rack while attached to your trunk is also something to think about. After or before you go cycling you may want to stop for some food or a drink and taking your bicycles off the rack to lock them off is just a hassle. So many bike racks now come with locks or some sort of locking mechanism so that your expensive bikes are safe from theft.