Transporting your bicycle by car is a great way to expand your cycling adventures. It makes it easy to find traffic-free roads, memorable trails, to take your bikes on vacation or just head over to a friend's house across town for a fun group ride.
- The type of vehicle you'll mount the rack to.
- Consider how many bikes you'll carry.
- Figure what else you'll take along.
Types of Car Racks
The Trunk-mount because it fits on trunks or hatchbacks. Consisting of movable locking arms and hooking straps, trunk racks can be adjusted to fit many vehicles, these racks accept 1 to 3 bicycles, and fold for flat storage when not in use.
- These racks are portable
- low cost, easy to mount to the car
- Drawbacks include having something resting on your vehicle (contact points are protected by pads)
- Having to remember to fine-tune the straps during installation and before every trip
The next is the Hitch-mount. These mid-priced racks fit into the hitches (also called "receivers") on the rear of many SUVs, trucks and some cars
- Secure connection that ensures that the rack cannot shift or move when you're cruising down the road.
- And, because these racks hold the bikes away from the vehicle, you don’t have to worry about paint scratches.
- Will fit on any vehicle with a hitch
- Available in 2,-3,-4,-and 5 bike models
The most visibly striking and versatile type of rack is the Roof-mount. Add one of these to your vehicle and you proclaim to the world, “I am an outdoor enthusiast!”
Consisting of two crossbars attached to the roof via specially designed towers,
- these racks can be outfitted to carry bikes, skis, snowboards, canoes, even cargo boxes, securely and safely.
- By stowing your bikes and sports gear on the roof, the full functionality of your vehicle is retained.
Ready To Roll
Besides these standard racks, there are also models that fit inside the beds of pick-ups and even some that fit onto rear-mounted spare tires, which goes to show that pretty much whatever type of vehicle you drive, we can help you find a great way to carry your bikes.