People use our StowAway carriers for all kinds of reasons. In fact, our customers continually find new ways to use our cargo carriers that we would never think of, and many of those customers share those experiences with us. A lot of people ride bikes and although we offer a bike rack that attaches to our hitch mounted SwingAway Frame, folding bikes don’t fit well on a bike rack. As it turns out, our StowAway Max Cargo Carrier makes a great companion for anyone who owns and hauls a folding bike. (more…)
Heading south for the winter?
Along with Canada geese, many retirees begin flocking to warmer climates this time of year to avoid the doldrums that accompany the cold, wet winters in the north. And who can blame them? After all, while it’s snowing and blowing with temperatures below freezing up north, these lucky folks will be wandering about the golf course, basking in the sunny warmth of a balmy 75-degree day.
Once things begin to thaw again in the spring, those who choose to make this yearly trek head north once again to their permanent residence. It’s this yearly migration that sets these fortunate few apart, and earns them the nickname of “snowbird.” (more…)
Between now and the onset of winter, several weeks of great biking weather are ahead. Regardless of whether road biking or mountain biking is your preference, StowAway2.com is all about making it easier for you to enjoy your bike. Same, too, if you commute to work by bike.
Trends in Cycling
Biking is a great way to maintain a healthy lifestyle and is gaining more recognition as an alternative form of transportation in the U.S. Bicyclists seem to be gaining more perks in many natural areas and parks. Last year, the Virginia State Park System announced a policy to give touring cyclists designated camping spots even when campgrounds are full. The Virginia Bicycling Federation helped promote the new idea.
Joe Elton, Virginia’s State Parks Director, was quoted on the federation’s website as stating: “I credit the Virginia Bicycling Federation with helping us understand the special circumstances that long-distance touring cyclists can find themselves in when the campgrounds are full and there is no reasonable alternative place to overnight.”
Along with this trend, many cities are bolstering infrastructure to support the biking lifestyle.
A recent study released by the University of Massachusetts shows that bicycle project spending creates jobs and supports the economy. In this study, on average, every $1 million spent on cycling related infrastructure projects creates nine jobs within the state. If you add interstate employment through the supply chain, another three jobs are added per $1 million spent.
One bike blogger, Elly Blue, who wrote Bikenomics, says that bicycle infrastructure can be an economic, social, and public health boon for cities. Blue writes: “Bike lanes cost anywhere from $5,000 to $60,000 per mile to add to an existing road … Freeway construction in Michigan’s countryside clocks in at $8 million per mile.” That’s a lot of taxpayer money.
Some cities have successfully removed old highways from downtown areas in favor of smaller roads and bike commuters. It’s happened in Seoul, which tore down the Cheonggyecheon Freeway; in San Francisco, which decided not to replace the Embarcadero Freeway after the 1989 earthquake; and in Milwaukee, which replaced its aging Past East Freeway with a boulevard.
Commuting by Bike? What to Know
If you are commuting by bike, here are some things to remember:
- You don’t need the most expensive bike on the market.
- Make sure you are comfortable with the equipment you have and take it to a shop for a quick tune-up.
- Scope out your route. Take traffic under consideration.
- Carry spare tools: a tube, patch kit, pump, and tools to make a quick tire repair.
- Consult local traffic rules and wear the proper protective equipment.
- Secure front and rear flashing lights to your bike for cycling after dark. Reflective clothing also is a good idea.
- Have Fun! Unlike your job, commuting by bike shouldn’t be stressful.
Be Prepared with a Car Rack
StowAway has many bike rack options for your other mode of transportation — your vehicle. Our racks are rear-mounted and are available on fixed or swinging frames, which make them much easier to load up when distance is an issue. Our racks also are available with a cargo rack to carry your helmets and other biking gear.
Cycling benefits your health, the environment and even the economy. So give cycling a try, whether it’s commuting to work or taking your bike to your city’s new trail. You’ll love it.
If you are looking for a way to transport your bikes and haul a little extra gear, the StowAway Bike Rack and Gear Rack offers the perfect solution. The StowAway Bike Rack and Gear Rack offers many of the same features as other hitch mounted bike racks on the market. This product combines the versatility of a cargo gear rack along with the utility of a standard bike rack. StowAway’s products reaches beyond cargo boxes and provides solutions for all your cargo needs.
The bike rack include soft rubber cradles to protect and securely hold up to 4 bikes. The bike rack can be remove to give more storage room for the gear rack below. It also comes with a security cable lock and locking hitch pin. The bike rack is available in two sizes to fit 1.25″ and 2″ hitch receivers. It also comes with StowAway’s receiver hitch tightener, a useful device that eliminate annoying hitch wobble.
Perhaps the most unique feature is the cargo gear rack attached below the bike rack. This is a useful addition allows you to carry extra gear like helmets, tool kits, or any other accessories you might need. The large and sturdy rack measures 53″ x 25″ x 5″ and provides ample room your gear. The gear rack is constructed out of thick powder coated steel tubing and is backed by a 5 year warranty.
The combination of a Bike Rack and Gear Rack fits on the fixed or SwingAway frame. The SwingAway frame open 180 degrees and allows you to access the rear door of your vehicle (One or more bikes may need to be removed to open the liftgate on some vehicles). Finally, StowAway products are built for versatility. If you already own a cargo box and frame, the Bike Rack and Gear Rack will attach directly to the frame you have. You can purchase the StowAway Bike Rack and Gear Rack combination at www.StowAway2.com