Bike Rack / July 19, 2018 / Belda Beaudoin
4. Be Careful of Damaging the Paint Work on Your Car This happens to those people who buy the trunk mount bike rack that come with straps. This doesnt imply that this type of rack is a bad one just takes the necessary precautions to prevent scratches. You can buy some cheap rubber padding and put it between the frame and car for extra care. Also make sure the car is clean and dust free when you attach the rack to avoid the sandpapering effect. Lastly choose a rack that is going to fit your car properly. A bad fit will mean it will be a tad loose and end up rubbing badly.
If you do have to get a trunk style bike rack then choose one that doesnt rest on the back bumper. That will help you out a lot. A good friend of mine recently bought a new bike rack for his car only to find that it didnt fit the car very well and it wasnt very sturdy. So if you are looking for information on bike racks for cars then make sure that you do your homework first before wasting the time and money on a model thats not suited to you or your car. There are three types of bike racks for cars and within these there are many models that are suited to either a hatch backs minivans SUVs a vehicle with a spare tire and so on.
While I cant tell you exactly what your rack needs are I can point you to someone who can: Thule. Whether youre going to end up purchasing a Thule rack or not you will find the Thule website (Thule.com) is a great source for figuring out what style you need. This website was very useful in helping me choose a new roof bike rack and I highly recommend doing some research on this site before making a purchase. On the Thule site you can select what kind of rack youre looking for (bike rack ski rack base rack etc.). First youll want to select bicycle rack and then select the load capacity youre looking for(1 2 3 4 or 5 bikes).