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Hitch Bike Rack Guide

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									Hitch Bike Rack Guide

By Andrew Peek



Riding bikes on rough terrains is a sport many adrenaline junkies love to do. A mountainous terrain may
be a few hundred miles from home if you not fortunate enough to live close to the mountain trails. It
does not make sense to ride the bike from home to the adventurous locations.



The solution lies in carrying the bike to the rough terrain on a 4x4 vehicle. It is quite difficult to fit a bike
into the trunk of a car or SUV and that is where a hitch bicycle rack can just do the trick. It is basically an
extension which fits at rear of the vehicle. The extension consists of a set of bars which support the
structure while a set of clamps on the bars to keep the bikes steady. The number of bikes one can carry
in a single go depends upon the type of hitch bicycle carrier.



The important features of a bike carrier are



  Bikes are mounted parallel to the rear of the vehicle at shoulder height.



  Certain bicycle carriers allow mounting of five bicycles



  Since these are at the rear, one will not face any problem in driving them through a garage



  Fender benders on the bicycle carrier might be necessary to protect the bicycle from possible
collisions and damage



  Modern bicycle racks do not need the removal of bicycle tires



Bike carrier considerations
  The type of vehicle one drives



  The type and style of bicycle



  The type of Receiver hitch bicycle rack



Receiver Hitch Bike Carrier



A receiver hitch bike rack is a factory modified bike carrier which allows interchange of towing
accessories. The receiver hitches come in two sizes, the two inch and one and one quarter inch. This size
is proportional to the weight of the bikes. Usually the first class of receiver hitches only allow two bikes
to be carried while the class two allows up to four or five bikes at a time.



Bike rack tradeoffs and solutions



The trade off with a bike carrier is that it makes the cargo access or the trunk access difficult in a vehicle.
A folding hitch bike rack is the solution to the cargo access problem. Not every body has the strength to
fold an already loaded bike rack. Thus the most convenient bike rack is a swing away rack. In this second
type one can simply swing aside the loaded bike rack with little effort. The only tradeoff of this kind is
that they look a bit awkward when compared to regular bike racks.



Hitch bike rack

								
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