Bicycle Accessories: Choosing The Right Bike Cargo Rack For Your Car

Learn about the different styles of bike cargo racks that are available for your car, including the pros and cons on each one.

If you've found the perfect bike, but don't have any way to transport it to the trails, it's time to invest in a bicycle cargo rack for your car. Read on to learn about the different styles of cargo racks that are currently on the market; then choose the one that's right for you.

Roof mounted rack- If you're looking for a bike rack that allows for quick loading, a roof mounted rack may be just the thing for you. It allows you to transport your bike in an upright position, thus eliminating a lot of the potential for damage to your bike's paint.

Hitch or ball mounted rack- If you enjoy riding with friends or family, a hitch mounted rack is a good option. This style of rack allows you to carry anywhere from 2-5 bikes, depending on the model and manufacturer. As the name suggests, this particular rack attaches to your vehicle's trailer hitch, making it easy to install. Plus, its design allows you to fold down the bike storage arm when you need to access the cargo area of your car.

Fold down rack- If you like the hitch mounted style of cargo racks, but don't want to have to remove your cargo rack every time you need access to your vehicles cargo area, a fold down rack is a great option. As the name suggests, the rack folds down so that you can open the cargo gate of your car, and then folds back into place once the trunk is closed.

Swing away rack- Still another option in the category of hitch mounted racks is the swing away rack. Its unique feature is that it allows you to swing your bike rack away from the cargo gate of your car even when the rack is loaded with bikes. This is especially nice on long trips when you need frequent access to your vehicle's cargo area.

Trunk mounted rack- If you don't have or don't want a trailer hitch on your car, a trunk mounted rack is a great way to go. This style of rack straps onto the trunk of your vehicle using a series of heavy-duty straps, and can be used to carry multiple bikes. Perhaps its strongest selling points are that it can be easily removed from your vehicle when not in use, and that it fits onto a wide range of vehicles from sedans to minivans.

Spare tire rack- If you have a spare tire mounted to the back of your vehicle, a simple bracket can be installed to turn your spare into a bike rack. This particular style of rack allows you to carry multiple bikes with ease, and is especially nice if your looking for a rack that you can leave on your car all the time.

There are lots of great bike cargo racks on the market today, so spend a little time deciding which features are important to you, and you're sure to find a cargo rack that's perfectly suited to your needs.

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