This article will give you a brief clear or deep perception regarding one of the most utile utilities of a bike. Bicycle rack – often times referred to as carriers, is built and attached to a bicycle for serving the intent of a trunk. This further and added bike utility has become very ordinary and is mainly employed in touring bikes.
What may be loaded on this rack depends and is different from person to person. Some use it for loading it with every day luggage like groceries. Some riders use it to make their babies sit on the rack while they are riding the bike while, in a great deal of exceptions, it is ofttimes applied to carry the weight of an adult; though most of these racks are not designed in a way that allows the carrier to survive with an adult sitting over it. Bike racks are made normally from steel or aluminum. Some racks are constructed by the combining of both. They vary in shape and designs depending on their intended usage.
Various Designs Available Today
Bicycle racks are available in dissimilar designs, intended for serving varying purposes. Designs of these racks are mainly separated into two categories; rear racks or carriers and front racks. Usually rear carriers may be employed as a child seat if a child seat is mounted on it. Bike racks, today, are competent of accommodating varying sized frames.
How to Mount a Bike Rack
Although most of the bicycles come with a mounted rack like Schwinn Phantom, however, if you have purchased a bicycle without a bike rack, then you have the option of buying a bike rack of your own choice reflecting your intention. It is not necessary to mount a bicycle rack only if there are any eyelets in your bike. With the use of further and added hardware, it is possible to mount racks without eyelets. If you may custommake your bikes then you may mount dissimilar racks on the recumbent or on folding bikes.
It is ofttimes seen that the bike carriers are used to carry the weight of an adult; will have to be fended off anyway. Every bike rack, depending upon it is design, may support up to a reasonable weight. For instance, the rear bicycle racks are design to carry heavier weights as equated to front racks. Rear-mounted racks may help 25 kg while few models may help even up to 40 kg. On the other hand, a front-mounted rack may help up to 20 kg maximum. You ought to always concern the manual that comes with your bike in order to recognise the tolerance level of your bicycle rack.
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76 of 77 people found the following review helpful.
I purchased this to be able to combine car (97 Saturn SL1) and bike commuting. So far, so good. 4 days/week, I drive near work, then bike into (and around) my workplace. My commute is about 20 minutes, with about 10 minutes of freeway driving.
In the few months I have used this, I have had no major issues. The bike does not move much, except the front wheel. I have not found a good way of securing this. Currently, I use my U-lock to lock the wheel and bike frame to the rack frame. This keeps the tire from hitting the car, but there is some motion. I’ve used bungee cords, which kept the wheel very stable, but the bungees were slowly getting shredded. Otherwise very little motion. So little that it has twice stayed in place when I forgot to strap it down (including once where I drove for 2 – 3 miles on the freeway)!
The straps can be done/undone fairly quickly. It takes me about 1 minute to mount/dismount the bike. A clasp, or something similar, might be quicker, but these do work fine.
It takes a little bit to mount/dismount the rack, but really, not all that long (I’ve only done it once … it’s fairly intuitive). The short straps for clamping bikes do flap in the wind, and that is occasionally a little distracting when I look in the rear-view mirror, but overall I do not find the rack or rack with bike to be much of a visual issue.
Have not used it on a long trek yet, or with multiple bikes (I will try to remember to update when I do).
I did notice that it seemed to leave a mark on top of my trunk where the foam pad rests. I did not try to remove it, so it could be a non-permanent mark.
UPDATE 4/28/09: Definitely leaving a mark from the middle of the bar on the trunk. Would encourage folks to add some protection in that location.
I still mostly use this for short trips. Did two slightly longer trips (~100 miles each way) without removing the bike in between, and it needed no tightening. This was also through the giant wind tunnel that is the San Gorgonio Mountain Pass in Southern California near Palm Springs … and the wind was RAGING on the way back.
UPDATE 9/7/09: Mark on the car: it is due to the trunk curving, but the bike-rack bar being straight and with padding only at the ends. I would strongly encourage adding padding in the middle.
Used it for a camping trip with two full-sized bicycles and one child bicycle. Worked fairly well, although I did get some slippage, and the bikes were definitely bouncing (even on the way back, when I was more careful about tightening straps).
UPDATE 6/10/10: My bike rack broke today. One of the straps connected to the trunk just broke, about two inches from the hook. A couple of things to note with this … I have been using this rack for a year and a half, and about 99% of the time it is outside on my car in a desert-like environment (lots of heat and sun, a little bit of water). Today, I arrived at work and one of the straps had broken. The good news: the bike did not fall off. The one side that broke had slipped to the back of the trunk, but it all stayed on. Also, there is enough strap that I can just tie the strap to the hook, and that held for the drive home, even under 70 MPH strain.
Also, all of the rubber elements on the rack look like crap now. They have sort of “bubbled” in the sun. It doesn’t have a lot, so not a big deal. This happened probably in about the first 6 months or so.
FINAL UPDATE 8/18/10: Well, within another month of the first strap breaking, two more did. Honestly, all of the straps were seeming a little brittle. Probably,this was caused by continued exposure to the elements. So, if this is a bike rack you plan to leave on your car, 1.5 years might be it’s effective life use. I had thought about contacting Allen to see if I could get new straps under their warranty, but the day after the third strap broke i found a nive replacement rack for $5 at a garage sale.
OKAY – ONE MORE UPDATE 10/3/11: In looking at teh picture, it appears the design may have changed. My rack had a straight bar across the trunk, and this one appears to be curved. I did not have issues with the small metal rods coming out, but given some of the recent reviews, it’s certainly something I’d look into if I was purchasing this.
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