How to Choose the Right Bike Rack
Confidently and safely transporting bicycles is an essential to any summer adventure. Check out the tips below from our experts on choosing a bike rack that works for you and your vehicle.
Single mast hitch racks: Single mast hitch racks are designed to carry and secure the bike using its frame. They also require a hitch receiver attached to your vehicle .
Hanging two-arm hitch racks: two-arm hitch racks are designed to secure and carry the bike using its frame. The two-arm hitch requires a hitch receiver attached to your vehicle.
Hitch racks with wheel trays: Hitch racks with wheel trays support the entire weight of the bikes for additional stability during travel. They also require a hitch receiver attached to your vehicle.
Roof carriers: Roof carriers can be made available in two styles: wheel off or wheel on. Roof carriers do not obstruct any visibility from your vehicle but require a roof rack with cross bars installed.
Universal trunk mounted racks: trunk mounted racks are anchored on to the body of your vehicle with a strap system. If you do not want to add extra equipment to your vehicle, this is the best option.
Lots of bikes: Hitch racks will take the most weight, with some holding up to five bikes on your vehicle, making them a great option for an entire family. Make sure you check the capacity or tongue weight of your hitch before attaching any bikes to your rack.
A few bikes: Universal trunk mounted racks can typically hold up to three bikes.
One or two bikes: Roof racks are designed to hold one bike at a time, although you can install two of them doubling your capacity.
Anti-sway: For racks that suspend bikes like a truck-mounted rack or hitch, look for an anti-sway feature, which helps for added stability during transit.
Swing-away: To access your trunk with your bike rack fully loaded, look for a hitch rack with a swing-away
Locks: For added protection, some roof racks and hitches come with built-in locks, so you can comfortably leave your car with your bikes mounted on your journey.
Tilt-away: A tilt-away feature allows you to leave a hitch-mounted rank attached to your vehicle, but still allows access to your drunk when there are no bikes on your rack.