While the weather is still great, you’re going to want to get hop in the car and zip up all over the coast or up to a trail or two. Odds are some of these locations would be even more exhilarating to cruise over in on your bicycle, gliding through the air with a breeze through your hair and all that good stuff.
Alas, we come to transportation. How the heck are you supposed to get your bike, possibly even multiple bikes, to and from wherever you’re going? Unless you have a pick-up truck of some kind, or an unusually large van to stuff the bikes into, you’re going to need some equipment.
There are a lot of options out there for you to hitch up your bikes and lug them across around the country. Most of them offer a reliable basic functionality, and some offer even more reliability and versatility. Here’s a comprehensive list of the best options for your vehicle.
Based in Malmö, Sweden since 1942, Thule has an array of items specifically designed for snapping things to your car to make it easier to carry all the things you care about. They focus on stylish solutions to an those with active life for those living in the city or even the great outdoors.
Thule’s bike racks come in all shapes and sizes, and are extremely easy to use. Roof mounted bike racks, hitch bike racks with the options to carry up to 5 different bikes. If your car doesn’t have a hitch ready to use on it, you can count on Thule’s trunk bike racks, perfect for transporting up to 3 bikes on any vehicle.
Saris has an incredible range of extremely durable bike racks from for any reason vehicle and occasion you can imagine. Perhaps the best reason to invest in a bike rack from Saris is their focus on lightweight, extremely durable, and modular offerings.
Every version of their Superclamp, Freedom, Thelma and Bones style hitches have attachments designed to add on to the rack, so you can carry an increased amount of bikes! Again, if you don’t have a hitch, they offer trunk variations for sedans as well, enabling you to carry as many as 3 bikes on the back of your vehicle. Saris prides itself in providing low-cost options as well as more luxurious and specialized options.
Yakima Industries started out as a small company based out of, you guessed it, Yakima, Washington. It was a little machine shop, purchased in 1979 by Steve Cole and Don Banducci, lovers of kayaking and cycling. With a goal to make moving recreational equipment bigger and better, they moved the business and started focusing on attaching recreational items to cars.
Yakima started out as a private company, offering their services only to big events and companies. Once they opened up their services to everyday biking enthusiasts like you and I, their vast options and quality were released to real acclaim.
They offer everything from roof racks for up to 4 bikes, also offering modular attachments. Just working with a sedan? Yakima has you covered there too, creating a wide variety of affordable attachments that carry up to 45 pounds per bike.
Whichever option you choose, you can rest assured any of these will get your stuff safely from point a to point b. There are only a handful of weeks left to the summer, so make sure you get out there and soak up some sun, preferably cruising on a bike you’ve driven 100 miles using your fancy new bike rack.