When you want to ride a great distance or take your bike on an upcoming vacation, transportation becomes your top priority. Bike racks are a handy and reliable tool if you choose the best rack for your vehicle, style of bike, and current traveling needs.
You probably have seen plenty of drivers tote around bike racks, but how do you choose the right one? Honestly, it all starts with your car. Almost all cars, trucks, SUVs, and minivans can accommodate a bike rack. With a few simple answers, you can choose a hitch, trunk or roof rack. Consider how often you want to travel with your bikes, how many bikes you want to take at any given time, and if the rack needs to be moved from one vehicle to another. Each type of rack boasts many benefits and of course, you can choose one to meet your budget requirements.
Roof Bike Racks
A roof rack is ideal if protection is a key issue for your upcoming journey. Remember that you will have to take the added wind resistance into consideration, but the roof rack is one of the best tools to protect bike frames while on the road. A variety of roof racks including the Inno Car Racks Universal Slim Fork are lightweight and no tools are required.
Trunk and Hitch Bike Racks
One of the most common styles to carry bikes is behind the car, either attached to the trunk or through the hitch. Trunk mounted racks are typically a very affordable option that also requires little or no tools. Many of the trunk racks are dependent on nylon straps that connect to the hood or the bumper. Expect to find varieties that hold up to four bikes depending on the size and total weight.
Hitch racks are reliable options that provide additional support and structure when compared to many of their trunk counterparts. Bikes will be carried parallel and slightly behind the vehicle to avoid scratches or dents. Some are also sold with anti-theft devices to secure your bikes during travel and while parked.
With just a few minutes of proper research, you can choose a bike rack that meets your cycling and car specifications.