If you drive a sedan, a hatchback, or an SUV, and are transporting a few bikes, a trunk racks is a solid option. Trunk racks are a very popular option because they’re inexpensive, lightweight, portable, easy to exchange between compatible vehicles, and come in handy for short trips. With a trunk rack, your bikes rest on support arms that are typically equipped with cradles, and are secured by straps. Trunk racks fasten to the rear deck of your car via straps and hooks. Furthermore, they’re easy to use; after a few times, you’ll be able to install and remove your trunk rack with no problem.

Trunk racks can pose drawbacks for some, though, depending on priority. For instance, they block access to a vehicle’s trunk. Also, the stability of the trunk rack will depend heavily on your ability to attach the straps and secure it properly. Failing to secure the rack properly will result in your bikes swaying during transport and potentially bumping into each other. If your car has a spoiler, the trunk rack may not attach properly. With trunk racks, you also need to take care to avoid scratching your car while you attach the hooks. Since trunk racks pose your bike over your car’s rear bumper, your bikes may partially obstruct your taillights, license plate, or your view out of the rear window. You’ll also need to keep in mind that, with bikes attached with a trunk rack, your vehicle will have extended length while backing up, or maneuvering in tight spaces. Finally, trunk racks may require some maintenance during the drive, so you’ll need to occasionally check the straps when you stop, to make sure nothing’s loosened or shifted.

Trunk racks come in a variety of shapes and price ranges, so you’ll have no trouble finding one to suit your needs, or your budget. Keep the tips outlined above in mind if you find yourself in the market for a bike rack anytime soon, and don’t forget to stop by again this week for a look at other types of bike racks.