How Should I Mount My Bike On My Vehicle?

How should I mount my bike on my vehicle? Depending on what vehicle you have, it may not be a bad idea for you to invest in some type of good quality rack that goes on your car. Depending on what vehicle...

Depending on what vehicle you have, it may not be a bad idea for you to invest in some type of good quality rack that goes on your car. Realistically, a rack could cost as little as $80 to get started. There are some for a little less than that actually, but it depends on how robust the rack is and what type of vehicle you have and what is unique about it. You can spend as much as you want. But it is important to make sure that the bike is secure on your automobile. Consumers I think sometimes take that for granted and bungee cord their bike down and barely attach it and hang it on. And if you can imagine the forces as the bike gets tugged on and pulled at 70 miles an hour. You want to make sure you have your bike latched down so it doesn't become a projectile. With SUVs being more popular today than they were in the past, we are seeing fewer roof-mounted racks and the reason is they are so tall that it's hard to get the bike up on top of the newer models.


That's where you will see more of the trunk mounted or the rear mounted stuff. So a lot of people using SUVs have some type of receiver hitch already. There are really good racks that just slide right into that hitch. They take about three minutes to mount up and then take another couple of minutes to put the bikes on there, and they can be removed when you are not using it. That's one of the disadvantages of the old style roof racks. If you have a sedan type of car or car that's a little lower, the roof racks are nice because sometimes you can fit a few more bikes on them. But they are definitely more of a hitch product at this point and more expensive. The roof racks are a lot of times twice as much, in terms of cost, as the ones you mount on the back.


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