For anyone who enjoys biking and getting out on the trails, then there’s a good chance you want to be able to take your bike with you in the car. It might be hard to fit a bike inside your car, so a good quality bike rack can make transportation much easier. Here are a few points to keep in mind when considering a new bike rack for your automobile:
Type of vehicle: There are a variety of bike racks available to suit all kinds of vehicles, and bikes. You can find specific bike racks for RVs, trucks, minivans, SUVs, and sedans.
Type of bike rack: Some of the common types of bike racks are roof mount bike racks or a hitch mount bike rack. Before you choose a roof mount rack, consider the height of your vehicle with bikes on the rack – you don't want to hit anything when you pull into the garage!
Security: If you’re looking for added security there are racks with locks, or you can purchase a lock separately.
Accessories and price point: As far as price point goes, it really depends on how simple or complex of a system you're looking for. A rack that can carry one bike will cost less than one that carries four bikes. You can also buy various accessories for your bike rack, depending on what you need.
Purpose of use: Some of the questions you will want to ask include how often you intend to use the bike rack, how many bikes will you be transporting on your vehicle, what kind of bike do you have, and if it need to fit multiple vehicles.
Bikes can be transported with ease thanks to bike racks. It’s just a matter of finding the right kind of bike rack for your needs.
This article originally appeared on YourMechanic.com as How to Buy a Good Quality Bike Rack and was authored by Valerie Johnston.