For avid cyclists, few pleasures can match riding through the undulating expanse of the great outdoors. Among those who like to explore new trails and routes, a common bugbear is the transportation of bikes and ensuring they make it to the next adventure safely and securely.
Unless you own a van, the likelihood is that your two-wheeled steeds must be dismantled to fit inside boots and back seats. A tolerable solution if you only take your bikes on journeys once or twice a year, but any more than that, and it quickly becomes frustrating.
Increasingly, cyclists who yearn for more than riding around their local vicinity opt for specialised back racks.
Here, we share a selection of the many benefits of using such bike racks for when the allure of new environments to ride through is too hard to resist.
Attempting to fit your bike in the backseat or boot of your car often stumbles into a giant game of Tetris, the novelty of which quickly wears off. Apart from the hassle of dismantling your bike, the various parts take up valuable space, plus, it’s more than likely that you’ll be loading a very muddy bike into your car after a ride in the UK!
A bike rack provides a simple and convenient solution to this problem. It allows you to quickly secure and transport your bike on the back or roof of your vehicle without any need to work on your bike with spanners or ratchets or figure out where the rest of the gear can be stored.
Transporting your bike inside your vehicle can be dangerous. In the event of a collision, an unsecured cycle becomes a dangerous projectile, especially for those sitting in the rear.
Safety also extends to your bike itself. The best adventures typically require driving across rugged terrain to arrive at the best starting points. Excessive movement can cause the dismantled parts to clatter against each other, chipping paintwork and damaging the more intricate components.
Using a bike rack, every part is secured, and the danger to passengers is eliminated.
Bike racks come in multiple styles and designs, each with unique benefits.
For example, roof-mounted bike racks are an excellent option for vehicles with lower clearance or for those riders who frequently drive across rough terrain.
Alternatively, modern towbar racks are ideal for accommodating multiple bikes at once and are designed to cope with difficult terrain as capably as their roof-mounted counterparts.
They Allow for Greater Accessibility
One of the great benefits of a bike rack is that it makes it easier to access different trails and routes.
Rather than being confined to your local area or limiting the number of people you can ride with, a bike rack means you can venture further out and explore new environments. As bike racks are available in different sizes, you can transport up to four bicycles on a single towbar rack.
And it goes even further than that. Such is the strength, adaptability and range of modern racks; you can even transport trikes and e-bikes with ease, meaning you can ride with more friends or family and on a variety of cycle types.
Yes, a high-quality bike rack requires an initial investment, but the long-term savings are compelling. Instead of renting a bike when you can’t transport your own or paying for bike shipping fees, you can bring your own bike with you wherever you go.
Also, as bike racks help protect your bike from damage, the need for costly repairs or replacements is significantly reduced.
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On every level, investing in a bike rack is a great way to enhance your cycling experience and make your outdoor adventures more enjoyable.
With so many different styles and designs, finding the perfect bike rack for your needs is easy. Explore our range of solutions today, and if you’d like to speak to us directly, we are always happy to advise on the right product for you. Let’s have a chat.