As an avid cyclist I have many bikes that I used to workout with. I use some for road racing, mountain biking and then some for triathlons. Here are a few bike rack ideas to store your bikes below.
There is good reason why there are so many different bike racks, because people have different needs and different vehicles. However, there are some favorites. The following are 3 popular bike racks that bikers will typically look at.
Hitch Bike Racks
Given that the hitch receiver is capable of carrying the weight, a hanging mount can accommodate up to 5 bikes. Its simple and easy to attach and remove the hanging mount from the vehicle, in addition to being compact in terms of storage. You can see more bike rack reviews here.
Many bike owners prefer a hitch mount because they don’t need to lift the bikes further than their waist. Some models even allow space for the trunk to easily open and others allow add-on attachments for skis.
There is a possibility that the bikes will make contact with each other and unusual bike frames can be a little more challenging to mount. If perhaps you are using a low suspended vehicle the bikes can make contact with road causing a lot of damage.
Platform Bike Racks
The platform mounts can typically carry up to 4 bikes at a time and its very easy to load and unload. You will also be hard pressed to find a bike that wont fit on a platform mount. More importantly, they provide ample space between the bikes and there is no danger that the bikes will come into contact with the road.
Obviously the platform mounts are bulkier and heavier, which means light duty hitches will only be able to support 2 bikes at a time. The other problem is access to the trunk for hatchback vehicles, although the easy loading and unloading process places it in the minor problem section.
Fork Bike Racks
Given the fact that the front wheel of the bike needs to be removed, the profile of the bike is significantly lower compared to an upright mount. Thanks to the locking forks the rack is as secure and stable as a bike mount can possibly be. More often than not fork roof mounts aren’t as bulky as the upright mounts, which mean it uses less space on the crossbar.
For some people removing the front wheel isn’t practical, because the front wheel has to be placed inside the car or a wheel holder has to be purchased. There is also a chance that it might not be compatible with certain bike fenders. In addition to the fenders, some forks might not work with the system, but axle adapters might be able to solve the problem.
Once a bike rack is successfully installed then traveling is easier than ever. Just remember to check stability for all the racks and the bikes, because safety should always come first. When this is taken care of the fun can start.