Making the wilderness more accessible is what RV life is all about. Find that perfect spot by the placid lake or on a scenic mountainside. Once you park, it’s time for some non-motorized fun on the bike. Perhaps your destination is isolated and rustic, without access to rentals, or you have your own perfect custom rig that goes everywhere with you. Luckily, there are a lot of stylish, dependable bike racks out there to suit any RV out there.
Wheel or Rack?
There are two basic kinds of bike racks, those that hold the bikes by the tires, and others that are fastened to the bicycle frame. The wheel mount, although adjustable, sometimes has problems accommodating bikes of different sizes. A rack that holds the bike by the frame is more common as it can carry several bikes of varying sizes.
Bumper to Ladder
Thanks to the natural chemistry that exists between the worlds of RVing and Cycling, there is a myriad of different bike racks to suit any RV, bike, or terrain. There are racks you can hitch up to your bumper, spare tire, ladder, or the trailer hitch, so the one you choose really depends on where you want to store it.
The most common RV bike rack is the type that’s mounted to the rear bumper. It’s a simple, metal frame that requires just a bit of assembly and is easy to install. Be prepared for the 1 to 3 extra feet at the end of your camper, however. Swagman has a nice selection of racks that can fit on your rear bumper, like the Escapee and Traveler. It fits over and around the spare tire and trailer hitch without blocking access to either. This same company also carries a simple ladder mount, along with a variety of models for the trailer hitch that can carry up to four bicycles.
Together at Last
When your bike rack of choice is ready to go, it’s time to find a place that combines recreational vehicles with cycling paths. Head east to Maine and Acadia National Park and experience the unique, crushed rock surface of the local carriage roads, which are perfect for cycling. If a coastal view is more to your liking, go west and travel The Strand on the California coast. Also referred to as the Marvin Braude Bike Trail, this trail is 22 miles of paved bike path right on the beach. The Strand also passes by famous landmarks, like the pier at Venice City Beach, and there are several RV parks to choose from between where the trail begins at Will Rogers state Beach, and where it ends at Playa del Rey.
Biking is a great way to enjoy your RV adventures. Luckily there are plenty of ways to take your trusty aluminum steed with you if you rent an RV on Outdoorsy and roll into the sunset. (And RV owners, bike racks are a great add-on opportunity! Share your favorite bike trails on the “Recommend” tab in your dashboard.)