Last week we talked about the best bike racks for those that are on a budget. These were the simples of the simple – the bike racks for the bachelor, organization for the unemployed. However, this week we are going to take a 180 and discuss the other end of the spectrum: top bike racks. These are the biggest and the best bike racks that you can find. Whether you want to show off to your friends, or just have a whole bunch of bikes to store, this is the post for you.
There are many top bike racks, and people purchase them for a variety of reasons. Perhaps you are a die-hard bicycle enthusiast, and want to have top of the line equipment. Others just like to show off their wealth and have premium everything. Still others have a lot of bicycles they need to have stored, and when you need to organize more than two bicycles, it can get pricey.
The first top bike rack is for those that have a lot of bicycles to store. Perhaps you have a family of four, and want to store all of their bicycles in one easy to maintain location. The Indoor Outdoor Poly Lumber Bike Rack is ideal for this situation. This rack is made from a unique poly material that makes it resistant to the elements. With space to store up to 8 bicycles, you have plenty of room for the family and maybe even some friends too!
Next is the top bike rack for road warriors. This car-mounted bicycle rack is perfect for finding that remote locale for your next ride. The Advantage Sports Rack GlideAway2 provides incredible storage for any journey. It is made by Heininger, one of the top names in car bicycle racks. This is certainly a top bike rack if I have ever seen one.
Lastly, you have the fancy bike rack for those that love to show off. The Garage Gator Motorized System is a great way to show your friends how cool you are. This top bike rack is able to hold up to 220 pounds. What is especially cool about this rack is that it can store items other than bicycles as well.
There you have it, three of the top bike racks available today!
I am sure most Bike Racks blog readers are like me, and would not really mind seeing all cars wiped off the face of the earth. Cars, ugh, why – am I right? However, I will admit that the self-propelled automobile is here to stay, and is an important cog in the transportation equation. Plus, you need a vehicle to get you to some of those amazing rides that are not within bicycling distance. Even though I despise automobiles, I have a truck and a truck bed bike rack to get to those far-off riding locations.
I feel a little pang of guilt every time I fire up the old F-150, but I know that pretty soon I’ll be blissfully riding along paths that are free from the stresses of cars. What is great about using a truck bed bike rack to transport your ride is that they are totally safe from other cars on the road. There is a saying that a rear-mounted bike rack basically turns your bicycle into a $1000 bumper. Even the slightest fender bender means ruin for your state of the art bicycle.
What to look for in a truck bed bike rack
So when looking for a truck bed bike rack, there are only a few things you need to keep in mind. First of all it is important to look for a rack that is fairly light weight. This is important because you need to lift that sucker up into the bed – if it weighs over 100 pounds that is going to be a difficult task that requires more than one person.
Another important factor is that it can be secured to the bed of the truck. You can use a regular bike rack as your truck bed bike rack, but if it cannot get properly attached to the vehicle, you are going to have some bikes in the middle of the interstate.
With these factors in mind, I would recommend the Advantage BedRack by Heininger. This brand is very well known for their high-quality bike racks, which are durable and very easy to use. This rack is relatively light weight at less than 50 pounds. This is a perfect choice for those truck-driving bicycle enthusiasts like me.
Going on a car trip is always difficult to pack for. Whether it’s a weekend getaway or camping trip, there never seems to be enough storage space in your car. Adding storage to the exterior of your car can be an easy way to gain the room you need. From rooftop cargo carriers to bike racks, there’s bound to be storage for all your favorite toys.
HitchMate Cargo Carrier
For easy to reach storage make the most of your hitch with the HitchMate Cargo Carrier. Adding cargo space to the back of your car by attaching to your hitch, this platform has a guardrail surround to help keep things in place. Fill it up with camping gear, a cooler or whatever else you might need, secure it in place with straps and you’re ready to go!
Advantage tiltAWAY 4-Bike Carrier by Heininger
For any avid biker a bike car rack is a must. The Advantage tiltAWAY 4-Bike Carrier holds up to four bikes, enough room for the whole family. This design works with a variety of cars, including hatchbacks as it provides plenty of clearance.
Advantage SofTop Roof Cargo Bag by Heininger
Looking for even more storage? Then just look up! By adding a rooftop carrier like the Advantage SofTop Roof Cargo Bag you can gain lots of storage when you need it most. With a weather resistant design, this bag keeps your luggage safe from the elements, while freeing up storage room inside your car.
Rack Sack – Cargo Carrier Bag
The Rack Sack is another great choice for rooftop storage. Holding up t0 13 cubic feet, this carrier is the perfect place to stash sleeping bags or duffel bags.
HitchMate TireStep by Heininger
Don’t think you can reach storage up on top of your car? Give yourself a lift with the HitchMate TireStep. When you don’t have running boards or they don’t give you enough reach the HitchMate TireStep gives you the added height you need.