So, what is the deal with bike racks for cars? Are they worth their cost? Most bicycles fit into most cars – I even fit a big downhill mountain bike rig into the tiny trunk of a Honda Civic Sedan for years. Let me state the following, though:
As a whole, bike racks are worth it to make traveling with a bike enjoyable. Most importantly, they will save you time and patience when heading for a ride. You can focus on enjoying the adventure ahead while keeping your bike and the car interior from getting damaged by loading and unloading from the trunk.
If you are even thinking about it, chances are you have used it for a car bike rack but are still determining the pros and cons of getting one.
Do you need a Bike Rack?
If you are planning to go out on bike rides fairly regularly throughout the year (or summer), there is a high chance you will benefit from having a bike rack in your car. Depending on what best bike rack fits your car, you can leave it on there all season. When you do, the logistics become extremely easy. I noticed the difference. Every. Single. Ride.
“Just get your gear on, throw the steed up onto the rack, and you are already on the move.”
The time you need to prep the car, pull apart the bike (front-wheel mostly), gently place it at just the right place (while going back and forth from trunk to side door), fiddle with the handlebars, and so on turns into time spent on the road towards your riding spot. Every time you head out, that’s an easy 15-20 Minutes more of sitting in the saddle … or at the pub for your favourite after-ride beverage.
You will notice and welcome this relief too. It is just a question of how often – depending on how often you usually ride or plan to ride. Some fellow riders average 3-4 rides every week. Others may only do one big ride a year. It depends on your needs.
Here are the Advantages of bike racks (in my experience):
- Ease of use. (And install, for that matter, most have become very user-friendly.)
- Fuel your enthusiasm by keeping the effort to go on a ride minimal
- Visit favorite or further away riding spots more often.
- Take more than 1 bike with you. Group Rides with friends, family or your significant other.
- Car seats for kids in the back? Leave them installed where they are.
- No more dirty, greasy or scratched car interiors.
- Your bike won’t slide around and possibly get damaged while on its side.
- No more disassembly procedure to fit everything in a trunk.
- Hydraulic brakes may feel different whenever disassembling the front wheel, laying on the side, and possibly even pressing the brake lever without the disc brake.
- V-Brakes are an extra hassle for getting the wheels off. Don’t even get me started.
- Traveling with a bike without the inconvenience is a game changer.