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Bike Rack

How Do You Use A Hitch Bike Rack?

Posted By Michelle C. Painter

Using a hitch bike rack is pretty simple and intuitive. Although different models have different mechanism, most hitch bike racks work in similar ways.

WIth that said, there are about 6 steps involved to get used to your bike rack and use it comfortably.

Let’s see the steps in details right below!

Step 1: Installing the rack on your vehicle

Installing The Rack On Your Vehicle
Installing The Rack On Your Vehicle

When using a hitch bike rack, you do need to install a trailer hitch on your truck or car. Commonly, class 3 or 4 hitches will be suitable for SUVs and vans. Here are some good brands you can check out:

  • Towever
  • CURT
  • Connor

Once you’ve got a hitch installed, you can set up the hitch rack on. Imagine the rack kind of like the letter L. Now, you will slide the horizontal bar, or the receiver, into the hitch opening.

Depending on your hitch size, the opening can be 1.25 inches or 2 inches. After you slide that part in, you can secure it with a pin and some type of wire.

On many models, you will have a hand turn knob to tighten things up. You can then turn the knob to adjust the tension and make sure the connection is tight.

This is basically all you need to do in step 1.


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Hybrid Bikes

Are hybrid bikes good for long distance?

Posted By Michelle C. Painter

When it comes to biking, the most debated topics are mostly related to hybrid bikes and road bikes. Many say that their hybrid bikes are so much better than the road bikes, and vice versa. It’s difficult to know which side to trust, especially when you’re still relatively new to biking.

That being said, if you’re still wondering whether hybrid bikes are good for your needs, specifically, for long distance travels, our post will provide a complete comparison between hybrid bikes and road bikes. Hence, depending on your priorities, you can choose the type of bikes that you find most suitable.

The differences between hybrid bikes and road bikes

Below is our quick comparison between hybrid bikes and road bikes. You’ll find the most distinctive differences here:

The handlebars

The Schwinn Wayfarer 700c Women’s Hybrid Bike

Hybrid bikes

Hybrid bikes use flat handlebars which heading straight out on the two sides. This allows bikers to place their hand straight on the handlebar, allowing for better support and comfort. On top of that, hybrid bikes also feature ergonomic grips that enhance your comfort and grip as you travel a long distance. And last but not least, the straight handlebar allows you to sit up straight on your seat, reducing stresses on your spine.

Road bikes

On the other hand, most road bikes come with the drop bars, which allows for various hand positions. Due to its design, you can easily ride on one hand while you rest the other. As your hands are in the riding position, your body will be positioned forward, allowing for better speed. Hence, this type of handlebars is good for racers.


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