May is National Bike Month, so this upcoming long weekend presents the perfect opportunity to hit the trails! Biking is a wonderful pastime that allows you to get a little exercise and spend some time in the great outdoors. You can pedal in solitude, share the experience with family and friends, or perhaps bond with your furry companion. Neighborhoods across America are becoming more bicycle friendly, but many areas aren't quite there yet, so you will need to take your bike on a little drive to a more bicycle friendly environment. Make sure your bike is protected while in transit with a Bike Carrier.
Highland's Sportwing Hitch Bike Rack mounts in your vehicle's hitch. It has foam pads to protect your bike's frame and rims quick-release cradle straps to reduce bike sway. Your bikes can be locked to the safety chain brackets to keep them safe from theft. These carriers are available in aluminum or steel, and can fit two or four bikes depending on the model. They are very easy to assemble and have release lock pins, allowing easy removal and storage.
If you don't have a towing receiver, then a Truck Mount Bike Carrier is a great option. Rola makes a great model that holds up to three bikes and fits most sedans, hatchbacks, and station wagon without spoilers. It has six securing straps to mount the carrier to your vehicle and individual plastic cradles with rubber straps that hold each bike securely. Quick release cam locks make assembly and adjustments easy, and the carrier folds flat for easy storage.
Another popular location for bike carriers is on your vehicle's roof. The Mont Blanc Barracuda is one such mode that has a great design that is easy to use. It arrives completely assembled and is easy to install. Pre-fitted snap attachments fit the carrier to the roof bars,and can attach to various kinds of load bars. Bicycle wheels are fitted in specially molded wheel trays,keeping them secure and steady. The trays also make loading much easier, as bikes stay upright without support. This leaves both your hands free to secure the bike, lowering the possibility of the bike toppling over and damaging you, your vehicle, or the bike itself.