Mountain biking has become a popular hobby and sport among many people. A large number of mountain bike riders live in cities and in areas that are far away from biking trails. There are different ways to reach bike trails from the city. One option is to take your bike on public transportation. The advantage of this option is that you don’t have to worry about where to leave your car when you arrive at your destination.
There are disadvantages to the public transport option: you are dependent on bus and train schedules and you have the hassle of carrying your bike and your gear. The most convenient way to get to bike trails from the city is carry your bike on your car with a bike rack. Many bikers get to Morzine with their bikes mounted on their cars by bike racks. Here are the main categories of car bike racks: Racks that allow you to mount your bike on the roof of the car and racks that allow you to carry your bike on the back of the car.
Rear mounted bike racks – The main advantage of rear mounted bike racks is that you don’t have to install anything on you car in order to carry your bike. One can install a rear mounted bike rack on any car. This will give you the flexibility to alternate on which car you carry your bike. Its main disadvantage is the space and width it takes up in the back of your car. Some times these racks hinder the driver’s rear view and you will probably find yourself driving slower – no bad thing.
Roof mounted bike racks – The main advantage to these kinds of bike racks is that they don’t make driving harder. The bikes don’t block the drivers view and they are very steady. The disadvantage is that you need to install it on your car’s roof and consequently you cannot easily switch it from one car to another.
Thanks to the team at the Morzine MTB blog for putting this useful information together.