The best part about going places is the opportunity to see new things, meet new people and experience life outside your day-to-day. Believe it or not, exploration has one thing in common from time immemorial: a need for the right gear and ample storage to haul it all from Point A to Point B. After all, where would we be if Columbus hadn’t been provisioned for the long months at sea or Neil Armstrong had forgotten his moon boots back in his locker? Sound like a familiar problem? If you’re looking for a way to transport the essentials, look no further. Expand your horizons with bike racks and cargo carriers.
Bike racks come in two main varieties: roof racks or rear-mounted racks. The difference between them is substantial. Ford roof racks and similar vehicle-specific models are great for those with smaller vehicles, storing your bikes up top and out of the way. They allow you to safely and easily transport bikes, surfboards and other recreational gear to and from your destination while providing extra room in the cab for passengers, overnight gear or other valuable cargo. Roof bike racks have only one downside: they require you to reach above the vehicle to stow and retrieve your gear, which can be difficult with a high roof.
If you have a larger vehicle, like an SUV, a rear-mounted bike rack might work better. Similar to truck bike racks, they’re somewhat easier to use and often more affordable. The one catch is they can make accessing the trunk or rear of the vehicle slightly more difficult. If you prefer a rear-mounted bike rack, consider one that attaches to your trailer hitch. Hitch bike racks typically hold up to four bicycles and feature a durable metal construction that delivers a long life of reliable use.
Heavy-duty bike racks, like those made by Thule, are forged from steel tubing and capable of holding up to 300 lbs of evenly-distributed weight. Manufactured by proven name brands like INNO and Yakima, they’re personally-tailored to your specific make, model and year to provide a seamless, custom fit. Best of all, aftermarket bike racks typically work with just about any cargo carrier system.
For those who are unfamiliar with cargo carriers, think of them as a second trunk. Cargo carriers expand your storage capacity, allowing for even more room in the cab. Plus, many models feature locking devices that enable you to secure your valuables when you step away from your vehicle. Most cargo carriers, like the Focus cargo carrier, feature a snap-on mounting system that provides a quick installation and simple removal for convenient storage when not in use.
Constructed from all-weather ABS, roof cargo carriers and hitch cargo carriers by Lund and other leading manufacturers are weatherproof and come in three sizes, providing up to 17 cubic feet of additional storage space for wherever the road of adventure may lead.
Bike racks and cargo carriers are some of the most popular Ford accessories for a reason: they enable you to double, triple or even quadruple your vehicle’s storage capacity. Simple to install and uninstall between uses, they take the hassle out of travel.
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