What I only have is some knee and elbow pads, and helmet. One time I was speeding downhill and suddenly I need to stop because of a dog who’s licking his feet on the middle of the road. Ended up just having some small bruise on my legs and some scratches on my hands but a bloody scratch since I stopped my body with my hands first 🙁
What I use is Thule and have a Subaru. Thule is a pretty popular brand and it’s just like Yakima. Got that for $300+ and here is where what I have https://www.subarupartspros.com/sku/soa567b041.html. I think your budget would get you a really quality rack. Been using this for 3 years now and still no signs of damage except with some scatches.
Yes. Colored bikes are not that too many but maybe it’s because of the sales. Maybe more people really buy black/gray/or white so they manufacture more simple colors. I also have to agree on the comment above that the beauty of bikes can also come from the patterns and shape. For me, the perfect bike color is a neon one so the cars could easily see me and I also like futuristic patterns.