Talking Cars 375: We're Cyclists, and These Are Our Favorite Bike Racks

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We discuss the various types of racks, and answer a question about CVTs

By Jon Linkov

Main theme: As CR’s auto engineers and writers, we get to play with cars—a lot. But what do many of us do when we aren’t in a test car, SUV, or truck? We’re out riding our bikes! Like many of you, we’ve had a lot of free time to go riding during COVID-19 lockdowns. But transporting two bikes (let alone three or four) can be a challenge, especially if you’re new to cycling and haven’t had to deal with this before. In this episode, we talk about the different types of bike racks, what to look for when shopping, why some are better than others, and even how they can affect fuel economy.

Audience question: If a continuously variable transmission gives the driver an infinite selection of “gears,” why are they so reviled?

“Talking Cars” panelists Jake Fisher, Jon Linkov, and Mike Monticello.

Photo: Consumer Reports

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