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We’ve all seen it a hundred times: The family roadster tooling down the highway, fishing boat in tow, stuffed full of everything but the kitchen sink, including a pile of mish-mashed bicycles that are so entangled, you wonder how they’ll ever get unsnarled. Instant trailer, right? Not so fast. Throwing bikes into a boat to take up north can be damaging to the bikes AND an expensive boat, too. With a good bicycle carrier, though, transporting bikes can be quick, easy and safe.
Most bicycle carriers can be classified by their design for securing the bike (by the frame, wheel mount or fork mount) and also by the way in which the carrier itself attaches to your vehicle. There are multitudes of different styles and sizes of bike carriers on the market, so it can be tough to figure out which will work best for you. Here are a few questions to get you thinking about what style and features best suit your needs.
What type of bike(s) are you hauling, and what kind of biking do you do?
If you are fairly hardcore about your biking or even at a competitive level and invest a lot of time and money into your bikes, chances are, you’re going to want to invest in a top quality bike carrier like a Thule or Yakima. A high-end carbon frame bike or a mountain bike, for example, may be best transported using a rooftop, fork mounted carrier for the greatest stability. If, on the other hand, your greater need is to carry enough bikes for the entire family as you’re headed for a camping weekend, there are economical, multi-bike cradle-style carriers like some of the styles by Rage Powersports that have extensions to accommodate more bicycles. Similarly, a wheel mount model is ideal for mountain bikes or bicycles with a step-through frame (a “women’s” bike), but you also have the option of the cradle-style if you use a special bike frame adapter that creates a horizontal tie-down point across the frame.
What type of vehicle do you drive? Is it an SUV, car, truck or camper? Does the vehicle have two doors, four doors or a rear hatch?
Your vehicle often determines which bike carrier will work for you based on the carrier’s mounting system. Here is a list of some popular “categories” of bicycle carriers based on how they attach to a vehicle:
Hatchback / Trunk
Bumper Mount (for campers / RVs)
Does your vehicle have a hitch? If so, what size is the receiver?
There are lots of options here, in terms of how the bikes are secured, whether by wheel mount, fork mount or a cradle that holds the frame. Most hitch mount bicycle carriers will fit either a 1-1/4” or 2” receiver, but you should double check the specs of the model you are considering. As a bonus, many of these have a tilt-down feature that gives access to the trunk space or will fold up when not in use.
Does your vehicle have a roof rack or bars on it? Is there a sun roof or anything else mounted on top?
This is a question for people considering a roof mount style of carrier; you’ll need those to secure the carrier. If, however, your vehicle doesn’t already have some type of racking on it, separate cargo bars are also available. A sunroof, on the other hand, could interfere with some styles of rooftop bike carriers.
What other features are important to you?
There are tons of accessory items out there for bike racks that don’t already come with the features that you want. Do you want to be able to lock your bikes onto the carrier? Or maybe a rooftop carrier suits you, but the reach is just a little too much. Locking cables, wheels steps, hitch adapters, locking hitch pins, frame adapters, an anti-tilt device for the hitch receiver – all available to make your bike carrier perfectly suited to your needs.
Enjoy the cycling season this year, and keep your bikes in good shape with a proper bicycle carrier. Where are you headed next with your bikes in tow?
The Pipeline Truck Bike Carriers allow you to carry between 2 – 5 bicycles in your pickup truck bed. Features a front tire chock that keeps bikes securely in place while transporting. Can also be used in trailers and stand alone in the garage. Made of durable steel tube with powder coat finish.
Thanks for reading! Jay Tamez - Discount Ramps LLC
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|The Thule Apex 4 Bike Rack is great for carrying your bikes to the park, trails or campsite; this carrier can hold up to four bikes. Hold Fast RDT (Road Dampening Technology) Cradles™ absorb road shock and a Snug-Tite™ receiver lock prevents hitch rack movement and locks rack to vehicle. The rack’s arms fold down when they are not in use, and it tilts away from the vehicle for access to the rear of the vehicle. This bike rack fits 1-1/4″ or 2″ hitch receivers and comes with a limited lifetime warranty.|
|Click here for more information about the Thule Apex 4 Bike Rack|
|The Thule Vertex Swing 4 Bike Rack is another four bike rack that features a swing away mechanism (hitch switch) to allow access to the back of your vehicle. An innovative arc design allows easy loading and unloading of bikes. This bike rack has many of the same features as the last. This durable steel designed bike rack only fits 2″ receivers and carries a limited lifetime warranty.||The Truck Bicycle Rack is an easy and convenient solution for transporting up to 4 bikes in the bed of your pickup truck (truck beds from 52.75″ – 73″ wide)! This rack features zero-tool assembly and plastic feet to prevent the pickup bed from scratching. To secure the bicycle to the rack, you use the provided “v” shaped brackets. The all steel , black powder-coated constructed bike rack carries a 1 year manufacturer’s warranty.|
|Click here for more information about the Thule Vertex Swing 4 Bike Rack||Click here for more information about the Truck Bicycle Rack|
|The Everhold Bicycle Work Stand is a great accessory for maintaining your bike. It attaches to your bike via the top tube or seat tube, and it fits bike frame diameters from 1″ to 1-3/4″. Included with this stand is a magnetic tool tray (9-3/4″ x 5″) that fits many tools and an allen key for assembly and adjustments. Some additional features are:
The durable steel frame has a tripod base that folds up for easy storage when not in use. It carries a one year manufacturer’s warranty.
|Click here for more information about the Everhold Bicycle Work Stand|