If you are planning on doing a bike trek or just want to be able to take your kids’ bikes to the park, then you will see the need of buying a bike rack for your vehicle. There are a plethora of brands showing off specifications for bike racks and sometimes trying to buy a bike rack can be harder than buying a present for your significant other.
Choosing the right one
Depending on the number of bikes you are in need to take around, type of bike and also the frequency of using the bike rack, your specifications for a bike rack will differ. You will also need to think whether you want to use the bike rack on your other vehicles as well. The ease of fit, ease of using taking it off and installing it again, ability of the rack to carry all your bikes without damaging them as you go through potholes and other bumps and some of the things to take into consideration when you talk to professionals in the car accessories in UAE.
Types of racks in the market
There are a lot of different types of racks available depending on their build but they are mainly created to hang onto some part of the back of your car like the boot, tailgate or the hatchback or other. But there are roof mounted racks and also tow bar mounted bike racks available. Depending your car’s weight capacity you should get several recommendations from the experts on auto parts and accessories.
Tow bar mounted: The more expensive and also the more durable of the ones on this list, this rack is mounted to a standard tow ball or it’s connected to a tow ball mounting plate. With this rack you can even lock your bike using the regular chains or U locks. These racks sometime come custom-made to fit into your vehicle without an issue and because of this design you have free access to the boot and tailgate of the vehicle at all times. But the extra expense comes from the tow bar that needs to be installed to the vehicle.
Roof mounted bike racks
If your vehicle has a solid thick roof then it is better to have the bikes trapped to it instead of the back. But it is recommended that you keep a sticky note saying you have bikes on the roof stuck to your steering wheels as it creates some interesting effects if you forget about the bikes and go under a low pass. Usually the maximum number of bikes to fit a roof is four and these usually take up your front wheels of the bikes and fix them to the rack itself and has a cup created for the rear bike wheels to settle on. The more expensive and complex versions of this rack has a metal railing for the both wheels to be strapped onto and locks for the bikes.
It is imperative that you keep in mind about the racks while you are driving as otherwise you will have squashed and compressed bikes left.