Don't let your vehicle's inability to accommodate your bike hinder you from doing what you love.biking. Outfit your ride with a bike rack, instead, and take your bike with you on your weekend getaways. Even if you're miles away from the country's best biking trails, you can now take your bike there by simply securing it in the rack and driving up to the trail's starting point.
Bike racks come in different types, so there sure is one that will be compatible with your ride and will fit your needs. Here the various types of bike racks and their advantages and disadvantages:
Roof-mount bike racks keep your bikes up there and out of the way during your travel. They can accommodate any size and style of bike and are perfect for people who regularly go biking, as they can remain installed on the vehicle's roof even when not in use. You have nothing to worry about them being up there because such bike racks are usually low profile. But this type of bike rack also has its downside.it requires a roof rack system, and the height of your ride can make loading your bikes more difficult.
Hitch-mounted bike racks can be considered as the most aerodynamic of all types of racks because they keep the bikes behind the vehicle. These racks are ideal for people with large bikes, since after biking, the last thing you want to do is to lift your ride any higher than you have to.
You shouldn't worry about the bike damaging the rear part of your ride because a hitch mount is usually designed to carry the bike rack away from the vehicle. It also won't block your access to your rear cargo area as this type if usually available in tilt-down and swing-away styles. However, you may have bike rack installation issues if your vehicle comes with a spare tire on the rear door. And of course, you can only use such rack if your ride has a hitch installed.
Bike racks that are mounted on the vehicle's trunk are the most cost-effective to install because you don't need a hitch just to have the rack mounted in place. This type of bike rack sits on the vehicle's back door or trunk, with the bike close to the vehicle. It can be used for occasional or short travels because the bike can block your access to the trunk. While they fit in most sedans, vans, cars, and SUVs, bike racks of this type may not be compatible with vehicle spoilers.
This type of bike racks is the default choice of pickup truck owners as it allows them to carry their bikes on their adventures while still allowing them to tow their camper or trailer. Installing a bike rack is also one of the best ways to utilize that extra space in your truck bed. It accommodates any type and size of bike, and it doesn't block your access to any part of your truck. It also ensures easy installation.
If your ride comes with a spare tire carrier on the back, you can go for a spare tire bike rack. This type of rack keeps your hitch free for any towing task. It's also aerodynamics because it carries the bike behind the vehicle. Most bike racks of this type are compatible with spare tires, save for those carriers that accommodate tires with above 10 inches across the tread. However, you may need to remove the bike first before you can access the cargo area.