Using the rack to transport the electric bike is one of the useful things that may save time and effort compared to transporting the electric bike inside the car.
When choosing a suitable rack for your electric bike, the matter may be somewhat confusing, because there are many designs and materials with which the racks are manufactured and designed.
In this post, we will take a look at the most important points that you should keep in mind when choosing a rack for your electric bike.
Do eBikes need a special rack?
As a general rule, there is no rack designated for an electric bicycle specifically, but the rack should be able to bear the weight of the electric bicycle, which is often three times the weight of a regular bicycle.
What you should consider when choosing a rack for your Ebike?
There are five main points that you should keep in mind when thinking about buying a Rack for your electric bike, and we will explain them in detail in this part of the post.
The weight that the rack can bear is the first point that you should take into account because the weight of an electric bike is heavier than a regular bike.
When you look at the existing rack, you will notice that there are some manufacturers who write the total weight that the rack may bear in the event that the rack can carry more than one bike at the same time.
There are also some manufacturers that write the maximum weight for each bike, so you should check this information before buying.
Tip: The rack must be able to bear at least 10% more than the weight of the bike.
There are many, many designs of electric bike racks, so we will focus on this point on the best characteristics that it is preferable to have in the rack.
1- Easy to attach to the car receiver:
The easier it is for you to attach the rack to the car, the better it will be.
There are some designs that are better than others at this point, which is the method of attaching to the receiver is based on the Handel that you use to tighten the rack to the car
2- Hold the bike from the tire.
This point is also important, in which the design of the rack holds the ebike from the tire and not from the frame.
This design is best because it reduces the possibility of scratching the bike in the long term.
3-Ease of bending the rack.
The more the design of the rack allows you to bend it down or up easily, the better because you can keep the rack connected to the car without having to remove it every so often.
On the other hand, the ease of bending the rack will help you use car sensors that may bother you with the presence of the rack.
The third point that you should think about is the price, as the price of the rack ranges from 150 dollars to 1000 dollars or more.
The price of the rack depends on the materials manufactured as well as the design, so you should choose the rack that is suitable for your needs so as not to cost more money.
For example, if you own one bike and there is no immediate possibility of buying a second bike, there is no need to buy a rack that supports two bikes.
Another example: If you can carry the electric bike and put it on the rack, there is no need to buy a rack with a ramp, because this will increase the price.
Another point that you should think about is whether the rack you are thinking of buying needs special tools for removal and installation
The idea of having tools for the passenger to install on the car is a good thing, but if these tools are lost, there will be a problem!
That is why it is preferable to choose a rack that you can disassemble or install using normal tools.
One of the things that may annoy you when you buy the rack is the difficulty of the assembly
That is why it is always preferable to buy a rack that is easy for you to formulate, for two reasons
First: Avoid incurring extra expenses in the bike shop so that they can assemble it for you
Second: Wasting time installing the rack if you install it yourself.
The ramp is a must in racks used by Senior Riders.
In this part of the post, I want to share with you my personal experience with my father, as he was thinking of buying a rack for his electric bike, and I advised him to buy a rack with a ramp in order to make it easier for him to put the bike on the rack.
In fact, my father was not convinced to pay extra expenses for the ram
But when he was lifting the electric bike on the rack, he felt so much pain in the back, that in the end, I had to buy a ramp for him.
That is why if you are a Senior Rider, I highly recommend avoiding lifting the ebike with yourself on the rack and using the ramp instead.
As a general rule, there is no rack designated for electric bikes, but the rack must bear the weight of the electric bike.
There are five main points to keep in mind when thinking about choosing a rack for your electric bike
It is the ability of the rack to bear weight, ease of design, the right price, and also that the rack does not need special tools for disassembly and installation, and finally, the ease of assembly