While back racks in Calgary are generally a safe solution for transporting bikes, there are a few important points to know when installing one on your vehicle. This article covers the different types of bike racks available, any potential damages to your car, and how to avoid them.

Can bike racks damage your vehicle

Can bike racks damage your vehicle?

Hitch-mounted bike racks

A hitch-mounted bike rack is one of the safer options in terms of producing any damage to your car, mainly because the rack does not have any direct contact with the vehicle. However, if the bike is not secured properly, the wheels can turn or the bike can sway, which can potentially hit the car.

Another thing to remember with hitch mounted bike racks is to always use caution when reversing. The force of the impact can damage your hitch, and push the rack into the back of your car.

Roof racks

It’s rare that installing a roof-mounted bike rack will damage your car. Of course, with roof racks, you’ll need to pay close attention to the clearance of your car with bikes attached. Should you fail to clear a low bridge, garage, or any other overhead, the bikes can be pushed against the top of your car and cause damage.

Trunk-mounted bike racks

This type of bike rack is strapped to the edges of the trunk and is always in contact with your car. If the bike rack is not secured properly, it can rub against the car and damage the paint. Always double-check that trunk racks are fitted securely and that it supports your bikes.

Preventing a bike rack from damaging your car

  1. Choose the right bike rack – The right-back rike depends on your vehicle, usage, and even driving habits. For example, car owners who park in a garage may opt for a hitch-mounted rack while some opt for a roof rack for other accessories like a cargo box.
  2. Install your bike rack correctly – Once you’ve chosen the bike rack that’s ideal for your lifestyle and vehicle, the next step is to ensure that proper installation is completed. This is the most important step in preventing any potential damage to your car. Closely read and follow all instructions or have one of our team members at Calgary Hitch Shop install it.
  3. Double and triple-check the rack – Once installed and bikes are secured, take the time to check that the bike rack and the bikes themselves are sturdy. Check the rack once or twice over, secure any loose straps, and verify that any other parts are attached correctly.
  4. Lastly, be mindful of your driving. Regardless of which type of bike rack you choose, carrying even one bike changes the dimensions of your vehicle. Give yourself room to reverse with a hitch-mounted or trunk-strapped rack and know the clearance of your vehicle with a roof-mounted rack.