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Roof Mount Bike Carriers vs. Hitch Mount Carriers

Riding mountain bikes in the countryside can be a fun and exciting experience, but unfortunately, many places are just too far away to ride to. The only way to transport bikes to these places is by using a motorised vehicle. However, a bike isn’t likely to fit inside a vehicle, especially if it’s a small car. Even if you do somehow manage to cram a bike in the backseat, you run the risk of damaging your vehicle’s interior or the bike itself. Fortunately, there’s a simple solution to this problem – bike carriers. Bike carriers, or bike racks as they are also known, are essential for those who love to take their bikes out of the city to new places. They’re easy to use and highly effective at safely transporting bikes across long distances. However, it’s important to realise that there are two different varieties available, so choosing the best type for your needs is paramount. This article will look at the two types of bike carriers currently on the market – roof mount bike carriers and hitch mount bike carriers.

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Hitch Mount Bike Carriers


Hitch mounted bike carriers offer fantastic versatility and are most often attached to a vehicle’s spare wheel carrier or tow bar. They can be attached to almost any kind of vehicle, from sedans and minivans right through to hatchbacks and SUVs. They offer excellent load-carrying abilities (more so than roof mounted bike carriers), making them an ideal choice for people who own heavier bikes or who need to transport multiple bikes.


Hitch mounted bike carriers also come with the added bonus of being able to be easily fitted with safety features such as U-locks that can help guarantee that your bike is going to stay put during transit. The main downside of hitch mounted bike carriers is that some models essentially block your vehicle’s boot, meaning that you’ll need to remove the carrier in order to have access to it. Another downside is that hitch mounted bike carriers can’t be adapted to carry other items such as kayaks or skis like roof mounted models can.


Roof Mounted Bike Carriers


Roof mounted bike carriers are the most popular type of carrier due to the fact that they offer excellent protection and can be used with a wide range of vehicles. They’re a versatile option for those who own other outdoor equipment like kayaks and skis, as they can be adapted to carry these items in addition to bikes. However, they do come with the drawback of preventing vehicles from entering low clearance areas like drive-through restaurants and garages, plus they can cause problems with low hanging branches. Roof mounted bike carriers also create a lot of wind resistance, which in turn can increase fuel usage.

Selecting the right type of bike carrier for your needs will depend on a number of factors, including your vehicle, the type of bike you own, and how often you plan on using it. If you need further information and advice, consult with a local provider of bike carriers.

 


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