Tips on Bike Racks for Your Car
Because you love to bike and on long trips you prefer to bring your bike while you travel the rough roads with your car, therefore, your objective is you want to bring your bike on your car, but the problem is what type of bike rack should you purchase for your bike and for your car to handle. The right rack should fit your car properly, securely transport your bike, and should be affordable.
Evaluate your needs in finding a bike rack
It is important that before you decide to buy a bike rack, define first your needs by using these considerations: frequency of using the bike rack, the number of bikes that will be transported, the chances of changing into another car, what if you’re using a rented car, your budget for a rack, security of your bike on the rack, the kind of bike you own, your strength in lifting a bike, the type of your car. For as long as you have deliberated well on the considerations and you are decided that you need a bike rack, do more research on what type of bike rack suits your car.
There are three types of bike racks: strap-on trunk racks, hitch-mount racks, and roof racks, but not all these types are available for ever vehicle, such that the strap-on may be least expensive, but least secure; the roof rack is more versatile, but difficult to use; and the hitch-mount is most expensive, but the easiest to operate.
The advantages of a strap-on trunk bike rack
Strap-on trunk bike racks are fitted by tightly strapping it to the car with the frame supports and rack arms properly oriented before mounting the bikes, then place the bike’s frame on the plastic-coated support arms or padded or indented cradles to hold the frame. Aside from it being least expensive, the following are the advantages of strap-on racks: can be fitted on any vehicle; easier to lift and secure bike in place; can be easily stored, even in the car’s trunk.
Installing roof racks will depend on the methods you will choose, like some roof racks use a fork-mount carrier to clamp onto the bike’s front wheel fork, therefore, dismantling the front wheel temporarily, while upright mounts hold the bike by the frame or pedal crank, but you don’t have to remove the front wheel. The pros of using roof racks are: modular designs can allow additional car go storage; rack accessories can be used for different activities, such as skiing, canoeing; available lockable mount to secure the bike; can hold more than one bike; can support tandem bikes, recumbent bikes and odd-framed bikes depending on the roof rack design.
The pros of buying a hitch-mount rack
Depending on the kind of car you have, most hitch-mount racks come in different sizes to match the class of hitch on the car, such that the Class 1 hitches with 1.25 inch openings which are designed more for cars and car-based SUVs. These are the advantages of choosing hitch-mount racks: easy to install; no need to remove the bike’s front wheels; easier to lift the bike; reduced chances of scratching the car’s paint.