Advantages And Disadvantages Of The Major Types Of Bike Racks

Advantages And Disadvantages Of The Major Types Of Bike Racks

There are three principal types of bike carriers; hitch mounted, strap on and roof mounted. Every comes with its personal set of advantages and disadvantages.

Hitch-mounted racks

These attach to a hitch at the back of the vehicle. There are types.

• Class I carriers are compatible with a big number of automobiles and small Sports Utility Vehicles (SUVs). Relying on the design, they'll hold as much as three bikes.

• Class III carriers are designed to be used with pickups and huge SUVs. They can hold a larger number of bikes than Class I racks. Sadly, they cannot be used on smaller vehicles without expensive modifications.

These carriers are extraordinarily easy to put in, and there may be usually less likelihood of by chance scratching the paint off a vehicle while mounting bikes.

Nevertheless, with out correct installation, they will block rear windows, increasing the potential for inflicting accidents while reversing, or cover license plates, which is considered unlawful in lots of jurisdictions.

Strap-on trunk-mounted racks

These carriers are attached with straps to the trunk, rear bumper or hatchback, and carry as much as three bicycles. They come with padded or recycled plastic park benches-coated body helps to guard the bicycles from scratches and different damage.

Strap on racks are cheap and easy to store when not in use. They are additionally versatile, and can be used on virtually any mannequin, which makes them particularly suitable for leased vehicles.

Sadly, like hitch-mounted racks, they can block the rear window if put in poorly. They're also less safe, as it's doable for thieves to untie or lower straps attaching bike racks to the vehicle.

Roof-mounted racks

These are hooked up to the vehicle's higher door frames or rain gutters, or where available, cross bars or roof racks, which is usually cheaper. Depending on the dimensions of the vehicle, as much as seven bicycles may be carried. A special case can be added if further storage space for tools and different equipment is needed. When it isn't getting used for holding bikes, the rack will be also used for carrying canoes and skis.

While roof-mounted racks assure unobstructed view from the rear window, they are more tough to install. Other disadvantages embrace increased air resistance, which can lead to increased fuel consumption and wind noise, and the increased chance of scratching paint as bikes are lifted onto the vehicle roof.

About Us

The Lilian Trading Srl is born in Italy in 1999 and, since its origins, it has had business relations with different African countries, treating various products of the fashion industry, in particular as a distributor of eyeglasses and sunglasses of important companies as Marcolin SpA (LVMH group), Visibilia and Marchon Eyewear.

Since 2002 we have been official distributors of Luxottica SRL in Africa, as it is a worldwide leader in the field of eyewear which has established relations with prestigious brands.

We operate in almost all the sub-saharian States: Senegal, Ivory Coast, Cape Verde, Burkina Faso, Guinea, Liberia, Togo, Nigeria, Camerun, Gabon, Congo, Angola, Ghana, Tanzania, Mozambique, Equatorial Guinea, Zimbabwe, until Madagascar and Mauritius.

Lilian, through its business associates (an area manager and various local agents) and offices, with show-rooms, in Dakar/Senegal, Abidjan/Ivory Coast, Lagos/Nigeria and Accra/Ghana, manages and organizes the distribution with very satisfying results:

.  118.000 designer glasses sold in 2017


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