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Biking towards a healthy Halloween

Halloween is a family favorite. And although every one deserves a treat now and then, this holiday of sugar and chocolate can pack on loads of extra calories. Adding family exercise like bike rides can help you have a healthy Halloween.

According to a report from Time, kids can bring home between 3,500 and 7,000 calories in their haul Halloween night. The same article says that a 100 pound child who consumed those sweets entirely would have to walk for 14.5 hours to work it off. That’s a lot!

So before you and your little ones dive into the treats, plan ahead and follow a few simple guidelines for the evening:

  • Have a healthy dinner: Halloween is a busy night for most. We’re lucky it falls on a Saturday this year, but typically we’re rushing home from work to get dinner on the table, kids in their costumes and out the door. It can be easy to get a pizza delivered or order take out during this crazy time, but try opting for a crock pot meal or maybe even left overs. Filling kids up with a healthy dinner will hopefully help keep them from eating more candy while going from house to house. Plus, it will give them the proper energy to get through the night.
  • Opt for walking: If the weather is less than desirable, it can be ease to fire up the family grocery-getter and cart kids from house to house. Try to avoid this if you can. Bundle up, wear appropriate clothing for the weather and have the family walk it out. Older kids who are allowed to go out on their own can even go old school and strap a milk crate to their bike. Stay active and easily carry a large load of candy!
  • Keep the favorites, toss the rest: There are LOTS of different kinds of candy being passed out to trick-or-treaters, and we all know how picky kids can be. If you’re looking to trim down the haul, have kids choose their favorite pieces and toss out the rest. If you don’t want to be wasteful, perhaps store it all in an airtight tub and enjoy it throughout the year. Having one or two pieces here and there is better than downing all that sugar in a week or two.
  • Earn your sweets: Just because kids stock up on candy Halloween night, doesn’t mean they should always have access to it. Use their loot to encourage good behavior. Do your chores? Get a piece of candy. Homework done? One more piece.
  • Exercise: Plan some family exercise to balance out the extra calories. Fall is the perfect time to go for family bike rides, walk through the park and more. Do what you can to keep kids active and make it a family affair. Of course, you’ll need the perfect car bike rack to get your family’s rides to the park.

Back to basics with car bike racks

Photo courtesy UtahOutside.com.

The weather is starting to cool down here in Southeastern Michigan. Long summer days are growing dark earlier and a crisp wind circles through the nights. But that doesn’t mean it’s time to pack away the bikes just yet.

Enjoy the last weeks of summer by hitting the trails on your bike. Hitch up one of these useful bike racks and get out into the world!

Car bike racks

If you’re working with a hitch, this four bike rack is perfect. Small and easy to manage, this Trailer Hitch Bike Carrier is ideal for family rides. This rack attaches to a two inch hitch on the back of your truck, SUV, car or van. The durable steel frame with powder coated finish supports up to four standard sized bicycles or up to 120 pounds. Tilt it to the side to access your trunk or cargo area.

Another great addition for truckers is the Bedrack 4-Bike Rack. This handy design is meant to secure up to four bicycles in the bed of any pickup truck. The rack extends from 54.5 inches to 72.5 inches, depending on spacer. Packed with a cable to secure inside the truck bed, this rack is ready to hit the road.

If you’re looking for something lighter, consider the Car Trunk Bike Rack. This alternative system is designed to hold up to three bicycles or a combined weight of 90 pounds. Rubber grips prevent scratches and scuffs on paint or glass. The weather resistant steel construction is perfect biking in any season.

Any of these quality car bike racks are sure to keep you connected to the outdoors and on two wheels.

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Simple Car Bike Rack for our Holiday Adventure

With the holidays comes the pressure to visit family, which can often be a long drive away. For those of you that are like me and cannot go a few days without needing to ride, holiday trips can be excruciating. Just a few days are bad enough, but this year my family is traveling across the state to visit our families for an entire week. I knew there was no way I could go that long without getting on a bike, so I looked into a  simple car bike rack to transport my ride to and from the family home.

Since I don’t need to transport my bicycles long-distances all that often, I did not want to spend big bucks on a car rack that I would only use a few times a year. Luckily there were a few great simple car bike rack solutions that I felt could get the job done efficiently and safely for my bicycles. I also didn’t want to spend a ton of time installing and uninstalling the rack on the back of my car. With this in mind I searched for an easy to install, inexpensive simple car bike rack for my trip.

After looking a few car racks that tipped the scales at over $200, I found the perfect choice for my travel dilemma. The Advantage Tiltaway 4 Bike Carrier fit my needs to a “T”. Here we had a simple car bike rack that was under $150, was not difficult to install and could be removed with ease. It also could be tilted back, making it a non-issue to get things out of the back of our SUV.

Simple Car Bike Rack

Another great thing about this car bike rack is that it is able to hold up to 4 bikes. That means not only could I bring my bicycle along on our trip, but the entire family could too!

Top Bike Racks for Any and All Needs

Last week we talked about the best bike racks for those that are on a budget. These were the simples of the simple – the bike racks for the bachelor, organization for the unemployed. However, this week we are going to take a 180 and discuss the other end of the spectrum: top bike racks. These are the biggest and the best bike racks that you can find. Whether you want to show off to your friends, or just have a whole bunch of bikes to store, this is the post for you.

There are many top bike racks, and people purchase them for a variety of reasons. Perhaps you are a die-hard bicycle enthusiast, and want to have top of the line equipment. Others just like to show off their wealth and have premium everything. Still others have a lot of bicycles they need to have stored, and when you need to organize more than two bicycles, it can get pricey.

The first top bike rack is for those that have a lot of bicycles to store. Perhaps you have a family of four, and want to store all of their bicycles in one easy to maintain location. The Indoor Outdoor Poly Lumber Bike Rack is ideal for this situation. This rack is made from a unique poly material that makes it resistant to the elements. With space to store up to 8 bicycles, you have plenty of room for the family and maybe even some friends too!

Top Bike Racks

Next is the top bike rack for road warriors. This car-mounted bicycle rack is perfect for finding that remote locale for your next ride. The Advantage Sports Rack GlideAway2 provides incredible storage for any journey. It is made by Heininger, one of the top names in car bicycle racks. This is certainly a top bike rack if I have ever seen one.

Top Bike Racks

Lastly, you have the fancy bike rack for those that love to show off. The Garage Gator Motorized System is a great way to show your friends how cool you are. This top bike rack is able to hold up to 220 pounds. What is especially cool about this rack is that it can store items other than bicycles as well.

Top Bike Racks

There you have it, three of the top bike racks available today!

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

Bicycle Travel Storage Tips for Your Road Trip

My favorite season for road trips is the summer. Of course, when I take a road trip I definitely need to bring my bicycle. That way, when I get to each city or park that I am visiting, I can dump the car and adventure on bike. In my opinion one two wheels is the best way to see any locations, urban or forest. However, before you strap that bike onto the car and hit the road, read through some bicycle travel storage tips so you and your bicycle have a safe and fun trip!

Bicycle Travel Storage

Our animal friends love a good bicycle road trip!

Use these Bicycle Travel Storage Ideas and Keep the Bike In Tip Top Shape

One very important bicycle travel suggestion is to use a roof-mounted bicycle rack when possible. While it is definitely easier to get a bike onto a hitch mounted rack, there are some downsides. As my brother-in-law puts it, using a trailer hitch rack basically turns your bicycle into a $5000 dollar bumper. It’s already a bummer to get into a fender bender – don’t let it turn into a disaster with your bicycle getting crumpled between two cars.

Another great bicycle travel storage idea is to make sure you have a locking bike rack. There is nothing worse than running into Burger King for a Whopper, only to come back and find your bicycle has been ripped off. Maybe you have or have not seen Pee Wee Herman’s Big Adventure, but law enforcement just does not take bicycle take bicycle theft all that seriously. Once your bicycle is gone, there is little chance you will ever see it again. This Car Bike Rack is a great choice for your trip (though it is admittedly a rear-mounted rack).

With these helpful tips in mind, you are free to travel the world! Use your car to get from city to city, and once you arrive use your bicycle to get the in-depth details of every locale! Next week I’ll discuss some of my favorite bicycle travel destinations in the United States!

Bike Rack for a Long Springtime Ride

There is no activity that is more relaxing in the springtime than a nice long drive down a winding road. If you have some scenic countryside or coastline to drive through, that makes it even more spectacular. There is just something that is incredibly comforting when you are going 30 miles an hour down an isolated highway with nowhere to go and all the time in the world. Actually, now that I think about it I take that back – there is one thing hat I find more relaxing. That one thing would be driving 30 miles an hour with a bike rack on the back of your car, with somewhere to go – And that somewhere is a nice long countryside bike ride.

I live in a very large and congested city, and riding a bike on the busy boulevards and though jammed-up intersections is not a very pleasurable experience. In fact, it can be downright hazardous for your health. Here in Los Angeles, I pretty much only ride my bicycle for utility and commuting, instead of pleasure. For that reason, I look forward to this time of year so much. The springtime in California means the rolling hills are green and full of colors and smells, the weather is great (not too cold, not too hot), and there is no one getting in my way as I ride along.

Of course, getting yourself and your bicycle out of the city and out to the country can be quite an ordeal if you do not have the proper bike rack. Add in the fact that I prefer to ride with my wife and you can see that this is no simple task. We need a bike rack that can handle multiple bicycles at a time. Luckily, there are many options available for your car’s bike rack.

Car Bike Rack

My perfect bike rack

The bike rack that my wife and I decided to go with is a 4-Bike Carrier by Heininger. What sets this bike rack apart is its ability to hold up to four bicycles at a time. The rack is specifically designed to fit right into your trailer hitch, making the installation quick and easy. One thing I have noticed with cheap car bike racks is that they tend to make a ton of noise while you drive down the road. Usually this noise is accompanied by horrible gas mileage, as the bike rack is causing an unbelievable amount of drag.

However, that is certainly not the case with this car-mounted bike rack. The long car-ride ride up into the hills outside of Los Angeles was practically silent. That was really a good thing because the wife and I are really getting into Game of Thrones on audio books. Let me tell you, there is nothing worse than listening to medieval violence that is obstructed by the whistling and groaning of a non-wind-resistant bike rack.

Car-mounted bike racks are not just for urban-living either. My in-laws love their Heininger bike rack just as much as we do, and they live in a far-off exurb of the Bay Area. The countryside is right there for them! (I mean that literally, their town is ringed by forests). So whether you need to travel far to get your pleasure ride in, or just a few minutes – a car mounted bike rack is a must-have.

Special Cargo : Car Racks

Going on a car trip is always difficult to pack for. Whether it’s a weekend getaway or camping trip, there never seems to be enough storage space in your car. Adding storage to the exterior of your car can be an easy way to gain the room you need. From rooftop cargo carriers to bike racks, there’s bound to be storage for all your favorite toys.

HitchMate Cargo Carrier

HitchMate Cargo Carrier

 

For easy to reach storage make the most of your hitch with the HitchMate Cargo Carrier. Adding cargo space to the back of your car by attaching to your hitch, this platform has a guardrail surround to help keep things in place. Fill it up with camping gear, a cooler or whatever else you might need, secure it in place with straps and you’re ready to go!

 

 

 

Advantage tiltAWAY 4-Bike Carrier by Heininger

Advantage tiltAWAY 4-Bike Carrier by Heininger

 

For any avid biker a bike car rack is a must. The Advantage tiltAWAY 4-Bike Carrier holds up to four bikes, enough room for the whole family. This design works with a variety of cars, including hatchbacks as it provides plenty of clearance.

 

 

 

 

 

Advantage SofTop Roof Cargo Bag by Heininger

Advantage SofTop Roof Cargo Bag by Heininger

 

 

Looking for even more storage? Then just look up! By adding a rooftop carrier like the Advantage SofTop Roof Cargo Bag you can gain lots of storage when you need it most. With a weather resistant design, this bag keeps your luggage safe from the elements, while freeing up storage room inside your car.

 

 

 

 

 Rack Sack - Cargo Carrier Bag

Rack Sack – Cargo Carrier Bag

 

 

The Rack Sack is another great choice for rooftop storage. Holding up t0 13 cubic feet, this carrier is the perfect place to stash sleeping bags or duffel bags.

 

 

 

 

HitchMate TireStep by Heininger

HitchMate TireStep by Heininger

 

Don’t think you can reach storage up on top of your car? Give yourself a lift with the HitchMate TireStep. When you don’t have running boards or they don’t give you enough reach the HitchMate TireStep gives you the added height you need.

 

Must Have Car Accessories : Organizers

Tired of having a messy car full of odds and ends? By adding car accessories like a car organizer in the trunk or on the back of a car seat you can help get things in order.

 

Puff N' Stuff Combination Car Litter Bag and Tissue Dispenser

 

When on a long car trip it’s easy for trash to start piling up in the car. Keep trash contained while on the go with the Puff N’ Stuff Combination Car Litter Bag and Tissue Dispenser. Fastening over the back of a car seat, this car accessory makes it easy to add a trash container to the car. The top of this container makes it easy to stash trash and then keeps it contained. A built in compartment for a tissue box and two drinks offer storage as well.

 

Car Entertainment Organizer

 

For anyone who likes to keep the backseat entertained with music and videos while on a long car trip, the Car Entertainment Organizer is a must have. With individual compartments specially designed for storing CDs and DVDs, this organizer makes it easy for the backseat to access their favorite movies and music. The top also includes a built in compartment for tissues.

 

Cargo Net by Talus

 

If you have a trunk full of sports equipment rolling around, the Cargo Net by Talus helps keep everything contained with a clever mesh design. This oversized cargo net is great for storing awkward items like basketballs or baseball nets. Simply attach this net to the headrests of the backseat.

 

Trunk Organizer with Cooler by Picnic at Ascot

 

From groceries to tools, the Trunk Organizer with cooler is a great choice for keeping things sorted. The middle compartment features a cooler, perfect for keeping frozen items cool on the way home from the grocery store or for keeping drinks cold on the way to a picnic. Use the other open compartments for keeping grocery bags upright or storing a first aid kit.

Whatever you have rolling around in your car, there’s a car organizer that can turn the interior of your car into a well oiled machine.

Car Bike Racks for the Holidays

4 Bike Car Rack

While it’s certainly a lot of fun to ride your bike around the neighborhood, taking your bike on a ride in a new place is always an adventure. Whether you want to bring it on a weekend camping trip or take it to a new trail for a day trip, having an easy to use and secure car bike rack is a must. There’s always added stress when packing for a trip, and that stress tends to grow when thinking about strapping anything on the outside of the car. That’s why it’s important to have a bike rack that you’re confident will keep bikes safely stored while on the go.

For a compact yet incredibly durable bike rack you can’t do better than the Advantage V-Rack. This rack is made of sturdy steel tubing, but only weighs eleven pounds. Holding two bikes, this rack is perfect for a smaller outing. A special “V” shaped design helps lock this rack into place so you know it is secure. The design also ensures that the hitch is still free, perfect when traveling with a camper.

Looking for a little more bike storage? The car bike rack holds four bikes, so the whole family can join in on the fun. With a rotating design, this rack holds bikes with the wheels level to the ground for greater clearance, so you don’t have to worry about bikes while driving. It also has a locking knob to keep bikes safe while on the car, so you don’t have to worry about leaving them on the car.

Take the guesswork out of traveling with your bike with a reliable car bicycle rack. No matter how far you go, on a short trip or a long one, know that your bike is safe and secure so you can travel with ease.