Bike Rack Shops Identifies the Best Ski and Snowboard Racks for Winter 2011

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Bike Rack Shops, the leading Internet retailer of bike racks for cars and bike storage racks, has released its expected top selling ski and snowboard racks for the winter season. The specialists at Bike Rack Shops have analyzed sales to date and search traffic statistics to rate and recommend the best ski and snowboard racks available.

Thule Ski and Snowboard Carrier

Thule Snowcat

No matter what decision a consumer makes, he or she will be happy to keep the snow out of the car.

With snow about to fall in much of the northern half of the country, the rack specialists at Bike Rack Shops have shifted their eyes from bike carriers for cars to ski and snowboard racks. “Our goal is to provide the best possible online shopping experience for our customers. A large part of that goal is accomplished through providing them with the knowledge to make a well-informed decision when purchasing a ski or snowboard rack for their cars,” remarked Alex Miller, President of Renaissance Retail, Bike Rack Shops’ parent company.

Throughout the year, the specialists at Bike Rack Shops conduct in-depth reviews and comparative analyses of the functionality and durability of each of the major ski and snowboard racks on the market. After determining which racks to feature on Bike Rack Shops, they observed the trends in online traffic and conversions of each of the ski racks and snowboard racks to identify the true industry leaders and best values in ski racks and snowboard racks for cars and SUVs.

The rack specialists at Bike Rack Shops offer some standard advice to follow when selecting a ski or snowboard rack. Determine how accessible skis and snowboards need to be and how many of each are going to be carried. No matter what decision a consumer makes, he or she will be happy to keep the snow out of the car and to have the extra space inside.

From large padded clamps that fit onto the roof rack of a vehicle to add-ons that can take the place of bike carriers on existing hitch-style racks, there is a ski and snowboard rack to meet the needs of avid and casual skiers and snowboarders alike. Bike Rack Shops recommends the following ski and snowboard racks:

1.    Thule Snowcat ($206.95 + Free Shipping): Able to hold up to six skis or four snowboards, this premium level ski and snowboard rack doesn’t require crossbars on a vehicle’s roof. Its telescoping action allows attachment on factory rails and even comes with locking cylinders for security. While it is an excellent selection for cars with rails, it is also one of the most expensive winter racks on the market.

2.    Softride Access Ski Rack Attachment ($179.99 + Free Shipping): Converts Softride Access bike racks into a winter gear carrier that can support up to five pairs of skis or four snowboards. While this is an excellent way to eliminate the need for removing equipment out of your SUVs hitch receiver, this rack is only for those who already have or are purchasing a Softride Access bike rack.

3.    Thule Ski Carrier ($35.95): This ski-only rack from Thule sticks to the basics. It is able to secure and safely transport two pairs of skis, but has a minimalist design that doesn’t take up much space on the roof racks of cars. While not as user-friendly or as accessible as other rooftop ski racks, it is perfect for a pair of skiers on a budget.

4.    Swagman Mont Blanc Powder Top ($117.00): Moderately priced, this rack can hold four pairs of skis or two snowboards. Best of all, it can be attached to factory installed roof rack and aftermarket racks from Thule or Yakima. It also features locks and an oversized lever that is easy to push while wearing ski gloves.

5.    Thule Snowboard Carrier ($125.95): Designed specifically for the unique designs of snowboards, this rack holds two snowboards and attaches to nearly any factory installed roof rack. The angled design keeps bindings safe, and the rack is also lockable.

Bike Rack Shops was the Internet’s first dedicated source for meeting the vehicle and storage rack needs of cyclists and has evolved into the Internet’s leading source for bicycle and storage racks. Its mission is to provide outstanding service, the lowest allowable prices, and the widest selection of leading bike rack brands. Headquartered in Lake Forest, Illinois, Bike Rack Shops is a division of Renaissance Retail, the Internet’s leading source for specialty consumer products.

Timothy Benson
Renaissance Retail
847-932-4720 ext. 2704
Email: tim(at)discoverthis(dot)com


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