Bike racks let you take your bicycles anywhere and everywhere! Here's a guide to help find the best bike rack for you you and your vehicle.
Trunk Mount Bicycle Racks
Trunk racks can be adapted to almost any vehicle and are relatively easy to put on and take off of your car as needed. They can also be safely stashed in your trunk when you're not using them. The attachment points are designed to avoid scratching your paint, but that is a risk with this type of rack. Also, the design of the rack can lead to the bike(s) swinging, which can possibly damage your bike and/or car. Overall, the better quality trunk rack you buy the fewer issues you'll have. This does make your car longer, so be careful when parking, backing up, and lowering your garage door with the rack on. Thinking about biking on the mountains? Here's some beginner need-to-know info.
Hitch Mount Bicycle Racks
Hitch mount bike racks connect to your vehicle like a trailer hitch. Most cars, trucks and SUVs have the capacity for this type of rack, but to be safe be sure to consult your local bike shop to make sure that your vehicle can manage the load. With hitch style racks you generally have free access to your trunk.
Hitch racks are not as light or compact as trunk racks, but they can manage more bikes. As long as the type of hitch is the same, hitch racks can be switched from vehicle to vehicle. Again, this does make your car longer, so be careful when parking, backing up, and lowering your garage door with the rack on.
Roof Mount Bicycle Racks
Roof racks are a more permanent bike rack option. Roof racks are professionally installed on your vehicle and cannot be easily removed or switched from vehicle to vehicle. While roof racks are a great option that many people prefer, it takes height and strength to load and unload the bikes from the top of a vehicle. Keep that in mind if considering this type of rack. Roof racks can also reduce fuel efficiency when bikes are mounted. With bikes attached this does make your car taller, so use caution in underpasses and parking and home garages. When not loaded up with bikes, the roof racks do not impact the gas mileage or size of your vehicle. Going on a road trip with the entire family and need some family biking tips? Click here.
For more information on roof racks contact your local beginner-friendly bike shop for assistance. You can find them in your local My City Bikes resource.
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