Bike Racks - What type do I need?
One of the first challenges in biking is transporting your bicycle. This often requires some sort of bike rack. Bike racks come in many varieties and many prices. You can spend well over $200 or pick up one inexpensively at a garage sale. Before you head out shopping, think about the following questions to help you select a rack to fit your needs.
1. What vehicle will be used?
No rack is ideal for all vehicles and users. The tradeoffs you make will depend on your situation. For instance, if you plan to use the rack infrequently, you may be willing to tradeoff some ease-of-use for a lower price. Heres some of the variety youll find as you shop:
Roof racks attach to the top of a
vehicle. Its important to know if your vehicle has gutters or not. Roof racks can be
noisy from wind resistance. They require someone with strength to hoist the bicycles to
the roof. You have to be careful not to forget that the bicycles are up there and drive
into a garage. With some roof racks, you cant open your vehicles sun
roof, however, they do allow full access to your trunk.
Now that you have an idea of which type of rack fits your use, why not find a great
trail to ride?
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