Bike Carrier / July 20, 2018 / Dielle Tachel
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.
Measure how tall your vehicle is from the ground to the top of the bikes and be aware of clearances that exceed this length. Bridges underpasses drive-throughs and garages may all potentially pose a problem. Another problem with the top-mounted bike racks is the difficulty of taking your bikes on and off. Compared to other types of mounts youll find these are more strenuous as you have to life all the bikes over your head to get them on or off. For some people this isnt a problem but if youre traveling with small children it can be difficult. The alternative to top-mounted bike racks are ones that connect to rear hitch.
The three main types into which the bike racks generally fall are the strap-on trunk rack hitch mount rack and the roof rack. Each of these categories of bicycle racks has their own unique set of advantages and disadvantages for the users. Some of the bike racks have specific modifications to make them suitable for use inside SUVs or other such cars of greater dimensions. The strap-on racks are among the least expensive among such racks and fit for attachment to the back bumper of the car. However these bike racks have the greatest probability of causing damage to both the vehicles and the bikes compared to other types of racks.