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Why We Love Cargo Bikes and You Should Too
When it comes to biking, we all dream of the day when we can use our bikes for virtually everything, whether we’re running errands, picking the kids up from school, or cruising to plans on the other side of town. And that’s why we love cargo bikes. Cargo bikes give you the freedom to carry as much as you need to — kids included — while letting you incorporate biking into some of the moments when you’d otherwise have to drive. By allowing you the ease that a car gives you of carrying whatever you need, you can make your life a little more environmentally conscious while also bringing your favorite activity into your day-to-day life.
For the most efficient travel, electric bikes are the perfect solution. We know that there are hundreds of different bikes out there, but one of our favorite go-to spots for our bike needs is Seattle-based Rad Power Bikes. And don’t be concerned that you’ll end up stranded after filling up your RadWagon with everything you need. With an estimated 25 to 45 miles per gallon (not to mention, the ability to hold up to 350 pounds), we mean it when we say that this bike can really hold up as your main form of transportation.
If you are looking for something a little more rugged — or for the ultimate in storage capacity in the case of front-loader cargo bikes — Yuba has quickly become another one of our top choices. Of course, they do have electric options, but the classic front-load cargo bike is one of our favorites for when you really have a lot to haul.
Of course, once you add a cargo bike to your lineup, you might worry that it will only be accessible when you’re at home — a lot of storage space doesn’t seem to lend itself to easy transport of the bike itself. But then again, you know what we’re about, so you probably have an idea of our solution. Cargo bike racks, of course (not that you really needed us to remind you)! If you want to carry two electric cargo bikes on a road trip, the Sport Rider SE hitch bike rack will do the trick. It will also work for two standard bikes, but has extra heavy-duty wheel holders and a reinforced frame to keep even your heavier bikes (up to 80 pounds each) safe and secure. If your bike family includes a tricycle, the Sport Rider SE Hitch Bike Rack For E-Bikes and E-Trikes is for you. Holding up to 180 pounds (a 100lb trike bike and an 80lb bike), this E-bike rack also has locking frame hooks to make sure that your bikes stay safe no matter how long your journey is. And better yet, both of these racks easily fold up so that they aren’t in the way when you’re not using them,
We know that every cargo-bike rider has their own special reasons why they love them, so we want to hear from you! Comment with your favorite features and what your cargo bike can do! Find us on Facebook and Instagram, and then get more biking tips and inspiration by signing up for our newsletter.
The Ultimate Hitch Size Guide for Your Bike Rack
Choosing and installing a Hitch Bike Rack
Every cyclist can agree on one thing: life would be so much easier if only we could magically bring our bikes wherever we need to. And while that isn’t the case (sorry to break it to you), we want to make transporting bikes as simple and straightforward as we can for you. Having a hitch bike rack is a great solution since they’re the most secure, easiest for loading and unloading your bikes, and you also don’t have to worry about knocking your bike off of the roof when you’re pulling into a garage (oops). And for biking families, they’re even more ideal since they can fit several bikes at the same time and some even have space for accessories. Once you’ve installed the hitch bike rack, you just have to secure your bike; making a quick day trip to the mountains too easy to turn down.
Start this process by measuring the size of the hitch on your car (the width of the receiver opening). There are four different sizes, so yours will either be 1 ¼”, 2”, 2 ½”, or 3”. The two most common hitch sizes are 1 ¼” and 2”. Although some newer vehicles use a 2.5” which we have an adapter for.
Another important thing is to note the class of your hitch. The class is based upon how the hitch is manufactured and attached to your vehicle. Here’s a quick guide about the different hitch classes.
Hitch Bike Rack Comparison
The next step is the fun part: you get to shop for the bike rack that best suits your needs, whether you’re looking to travel with two fat-tire bikes or you’re taking a four-person biking trip soon. Each bike rack works with one corresponding hitch size, but we’ve listed that for you so you don’t have to do too much digging.
Choosing Your Bike Rack
Road and Mountain Bikes
Bikes with standard frames generally work well with any type of rack that mounts to the hitch, whether you’re looking for hanging or platform. The best way to pick is to first decide how many bikes you want to carry and how you want the bikes to attach to the rack. Each rack has different benefits that may be better for your situation.
Step-through Frames and Kids Bikes
Ladies and kids bikes commonly use a step-through style frame. When attaching one of these bikes to a rack, it is often necessary to use a bike adapter bar.
Carbon Fiber Bikes
With a carbon fiber bike frame, it is best to avoid making actual contact with the frame when transporting your bikes. Our TRS racks are best for these types of bikes.
Hanging racks versus platform racks
It can be tough to decide between a hanging rack or a platform rack if both options work for your bike, so here are some of the top features and notes to keep in mind between the two.
Hanging bike racks:
- Weigh less than platform racks
- Generally cost less
- They do come in contact with the frame
Platform Bike Racks:
- Easier to unload and load
- Heavier carrying capacity
- Increased space between bikes
Now that your car is ready to bring your bike on any adventure you can dream of, make sure you follow us on Facebook and Instagram and sign up for our newsletter for more biking tips, inspiration, and trip ideas. You can also check out our Fit Guide to find the ideal bike rack for your vehicle.
Introducing the Destination Rack
Looking for a lightweight bike rack for a hitch mount for your truck or SUV? Look no further than our newest bike rack, the Destination Bike Rack. Perfect for outings with friends, the Destination Bike Rack can fit up to four bikes and folds up easily when not in use for safer driving and hassle-free use.