Cycle Rack / July 20, 2018 / Colette Plaisance
The rack can also provide a surface for attaching a roof-box which can carry luggage sports equipment and your bikes under cover. This method of carrying can also prevent damage to the bikes with the upright clamped position. Youll pay slightly more for the benefits of this bike-rack and may have to use a small ladder to actually get your bikes off and on to the set-up. Hitch mount bike racks: Typically offer from two to five bike capacities. Some racks offer the ability to add additional bike capacity at a later time. Make sure you hitch is capable of supporting the weight of the bikes.
Finishes and Materials Most good bike racks today are available in a variety of finishes. Paint - Racks that are painted chip and rust. Stay clear. Colour coatings - High density colour powder coatings can produce an attractive colourful product that is scratch and corrosion resistant. Colour powder coatings applied directly to a steel frame will rust while colour powder coatings on a galvanised frame will chip very easily. If you want a colour finish ask for powder coatings on a zinc electroplated frame. Not recommended for areas within 2km from salt water. Galvanised steel - Virtually maintenance free and weather resistant.
There are metal cables on the market that help secure the bike to the vehicle but they will only be of use if there is a place on the vehicle where the cable can attach. The Saris Bones 3 is an exception b/c it is secured to the vehicle with metal strapes. When deciding which bike racks for cars will work best for you consider how high you can lift a bike by yourself and then hold it in position with one hand while securing the bike to the rack with the other hand. A rack on top of an SUV can be quite a reach especially if your bike is a heavier model like a full suspension mountain bike.