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Affordable Bike Racks for the Budget Conscious

For the last few months I have been using a jerry-rigged “bike rack” to store my ride. While this has been extremely cost effective, I worry that my bicycle will get stolen at some point. The bicycle is simply tied up to a truss in the parking garage below my building. While this basement garage is fairly well-secured, it is not particularly difficult for an intruder to get into if he or she so desired. So I started to research an appropriate bicycle rack for my storage needs and came across and (perhaps not so surprising) revelation: bicycle racks are expensive! Here are a couple suggestions for affordable bike racks.Afforable Bike Racks

While you may not want to blow your money on a bike rack, it is important to not be penny-wise and pound-foolish. If your bicycle is not secured properly, you could end up spending hundreds or thousands to replace your bicycle or its parts when you could have just parted with 50 bucks or so to keep it properly stored. While it may seem like an unnecessary expense at the time, you will be extremely happy with your decision when you realize the garage has been raided but your bicycle was left untouched.

So let’s go onto the affordable bicycle racks so you can find the proper storage for your ride. While you can definitely spend some big bucks on a rack, there are plenty that are sturdy, secure and low-cost.

Two great affordable bike racks

The Lean Machine Gravity Bike Rack has a very fitting name – it is both extremely durable and lightweight, making it perfect for those that need to store their bicycle on the go. The rack can hold up to two bicycles, and with a price tag under 60 dollars, is certainly a great affordable bike rack choice.

For those that are a little more tight on space, the Platinum One Bike Adjustable Wall Mount is a great affordable bike rack option. This rack can be installed onto the wall and takes up next to no space! The rack can hold one bicycle at a time and comes in at a price under $40! This is one of the most simple affordable bike racks available today.

Affordable Bike Racks

As you can see, there are plenty of affordable bike racks available for any situation and need. With so many options available, there really is no excuse for you to keep tying your bike up to trees and stops signs in your front yard!

Truck Bed Bike Rack for the Necessary Evil

I am sure most Bike Racks blog readers are like me, and would not really mind seeing all cars wiped off the face of the earth. Cars, ugh, why – am I right? However, I will admit that the self-propelled automobile is here to stay, and is an important cog in the transportation equation. Plus, you need a vehicle to get you to some of those amazing rides that are not within bicycling distance. Even though I despise automobiles, I have a truck and a truck bed bike rack to get to those far-off riding locations.

I feel a little pang of guilt every time I fire up the old F-150, but I know that pretty soon I’ll be blissfully riding along paths that are free from the stresses of cars. What is great about using a truck bed bike rack to transport your ride is that they are totally safe from other cars on the road. There is a saying that a rear-mounted bike rack basically turns your bicycle into a $1000 bumper. Even the slightest fender bender means ruin for your state of the art bicycle.

What to look for in a truck bed bike rack

So when looking for a truck bed bike rack, there are only a few things you need to keep in mind. First of all it is important to look for a rack that is fairly light weight. This is important because you need to lift that sucker up into the bed – if it weighs over 100 pounds that is going to be a difficult task that requires more than one person.

Another important factor is that it can be secured to the bed of the truck. You can use a regular bike rack as your truck bed bike rack, but if it cannot get properly attached to the vehicle, you are going to have some bikes in the middle of the interstate.

With these factors in mind, I would recommend the Advantage BedRack by Heininger. This brand is very well known for their high-quality bike racks, which are durable and very easy to use. This rack is relatively light weight at less than 50 pounds. This is a perfect choice for those truck-driving bicycle enthusiasts like me.

Truck Bed Bike Rack

Family Bike Rack: A Search for the Ultimate Rack

Last week I discussed the smallest bike rack, which is a great option for those that are on the go or live alone. There is no need to take up a ton of space when it is just you and your bicycle. However, this is not the situation for most of my readers. Today we head to the opposite end of the spectrum – we will look into the ultimate family bike rack!

When searching for the ultimate family bike rack, it is important to find a product that can accommodate all of your bicycles at once. I will assume that the average American family is about four people, so we will focus on bike racks that are able to accommodate up to four bicycles.

This pretty much limits us to just a couple of choices when searching for the ultimate family bike rack. It seems that most bike racks are designed to hold two bicycles at a time. If you find one that you absolutely love, then I would recommend getting a pair of two-bicycle racks. But this can waste valuable space in the garage or shed.

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One great family bike rack is the Free Standing Four Bike Rack. This rack has a wide footprint that gives it excellent stability. The rack is made from steel with epoxy coating for a long-lasting quality. One other great benefit of this rack is that it is freestanding. This means it requires no additional mounting, which can be problematic when trying to store large items like bicycles.

Family Bike Rack

Another great choice is the Garage Gator motorized storage system. This system is designed to store just about any item, from kayaks to bicycles. With a capacity of 220 pounds, that should be enough for all of your family’s bicycles.

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Lastly, we have the Four Bicycle Hanger. This is a great choice for those that are tight on storage space, because it takes up zero floor space! However, you do need to mount it to a wall, so be sure to get it screwed into the studs.

There you have it – three family bike rack options that are perfect for any situation!

Smallest Bike Rack for the Cost and Space Concerned

When some people look for the right bicycle storage, they want something that is top of the line. These people are looking for all-in-one storage for multiple bicycles. They typically have plenty of space to store their bikes and are not that concerned with the price point. Others just want a bicycle rack that provides reliable storage for one or two bikes. These folks are usually relatively tight on space and budget, but still don’t mind forking over a few bucks. Lastly, we have people that are tight on space and money, but still need a place to store their bike. These people are looking for the smallest bike rack.

The good news is that there are lots of very small racks that can help you store your bicycle with ease. The Grandstand Single Bike Rack is a great choice for those in the quest for the smallest bike rack. This rack is so simple, it is unbelievable. The rack is made from ABS plastic, so it is lightweight and portable. The rack holds your bike up, keeping it steady no matter what the situation.

Smallest Bike Rack

Since many people that are on a tight budget and replace their car with a bicycle for commuting, the fact that it is portable is a huge plus. You can bring the smallest bike rack with you to work on your bike, and be able to store your bicycle away from all of those other bikes on the community rack (if you are lucky enough to have one where you work).

The ABS plastic construction of this Grandstand Rack makes it really durable, so it can be used over and over again. Who would have thought such an innovative product could be so darn simple? It’s basically just a piece of hard plastic that you can wheel your bike into, and it holds it upright.

Ladies and gentlemen, the world’s smallest bike rack!