Thule Bicycle Carrier and Pannier Racks
Sometimes, getting your bicycle to the place where you want to rid it is a battle in and of itself. Bicycle carrier and pannier racks are one way to solve the problem of exhausted riders just getting to the good parts. Thule bike carriers are the easiest way to ensure you get your exercise on the scenic route, not just getting there.Know the Law
Before you affix anything to your motor vehicle, it's important to know the applicable laws. While each state has its own road authority, there are some common factors when it comes to bike racks. Most importantly, you cannot obscure anything: That means if your bike rack covers your number plate or lights you need a rack with both lights and its own number plate. Secondly, bike racks are for carrying bikes; if you don't have a bike on the rack, you don't need the rack on your car. There may be other requirements depending on your state or the type of rack, but all car and truck bicycle racks must conform to these rules.Types of Racks
Thule makes five basic types of bike racks, three of which mount on the rear of the vehicle: Boot racks, towbar racks, and hitch racks. All three of these are for easy mounting and dismounting and can carry up to four bicycles. They also may require lights and number plates, especially when loaded. Roof racks carry the bicycles on top of the car, where they do not block anything. Truck bed racks mount inside the truck, and you can often leave them in place without the bikes.Choosing a Rack
One of the most important factors in choosing a Thule bicycle carrier is your car. You cannot mount a truck bed rack on a hatchback or a towbar rack on a car without one. Roof racks are great for small cars, but can be hard to reach on top of an SUV. The big advantage of rear-mounted racks is that they are easy to use. Roof racks are less expensive because you don't need to worry about lights and number plates.Loading a Rack
Always take care not to overload your bike rack. If you have a rear-mount rack, it's important to make sure it doesn't protrude too far behind your vehicle. Also be aware with roof racks that you may need an additional metre and a half of clearance, if not more.