Hitch bike racks are easy to install onto your trailer hitch receiver and use with the option to carry up to 5 bikes. We offer bike racks for nearly every vehicle and application and carry all major branded Thule,Yakima, Swagman, and Rhino Rack bike racks at our auto shop in Ottawa. Thanks to the height the bikes are mounted at, Grand Fondo should offer better fuel economy than roof-mounted racks, while rear visibility is less compromised and rear parking sensors still operational – all of which is smart thinking in our book. For more information on the best bike racks to buy visit https://www.bikerackexpert.com/.
Ideal if you don’t want your delicate carbon frame clamped into the carrier as the Yakima secures your bike by holding its front wheel – simply roll it into the front wheel catcher, which holds it in place while you secure the retaining straps. Pros: • Bikes are supported by their wheels – very safe and secure and doesn’t matter about shape or style of frame • Often has integrated numberplate and lighting board – which is handy • The towbar supports weight of bikes and carrier rather than your car’s bodywork • Many models tilt or slide to allow access to the boot. Trunk carriers offer easy bike access and can usually carry up to 3 bikes.
I can understand worries of damage to the paintwork, but as long as you are not careless, the trunk mounted bike racks in this list will be just as good to your car as hitch mounted ones. And as long as it is a standard 1 1/4-inch or 2-inch hitch, you can fit any of these products to it, whereas trunk mounted racks can depend on your vehicle model. A low-cost, hitch mounted bike rack, the Tyger Deluxe can carry up to four bikes comfortably thanks to its sturdy construction.
Towbar racks come in two flavours – simple ‘v’-shaped vertical racks that clamp directly onto or behind the bar ball for carrying two or even three bikes, or more advanced horizontal ‘rack’-type units that also secure under the car and are typically fitted with built-in lighting boards – ideal for safe and secure storage of three or four bikes. Budget racks are best suited to light use – carrying one or two bikes only – and you may run the risk of damaging bikes or cars with cheap, ill-fitting hardware and unstable mounting systems. Keep Your Vehicle Clearance the Same: Roof racks allow you to carry two bikes, but they are required to be in an upright position.
Why consider a hitch bike rack, rather than a roof-mounted bike rack, or a strap-on rack that fits across the back of your vehicle? The most basic racks allow you to carry your bike with you securely, but may prevent access to the tailgate or truck of the vehicle. Most of these racks have defined saddles for resting the frame of each bike, as well as straps with lockdown tabs that allow you to secure the bikes in place.
The rack tilts down to provide access to the rear of the vehicle, and folds up when you are not using it. The hooks that secure the wheels simply fold down and lock in place for easy installation, and the rack also features reflectors for better visibility in low light driving situations. Standard-frame bikes work well with all types of hitch-mounted racks. With a Rocky Mounts Backstage Swing Away Platform Hitch Rack , you can transport any fat bike or mountain bike you desire to. It is a hitch mount rack that gives you easy access to the rear of the car by simply swinging it to the side.
Thule’s EasyFold XT is a fully foldable, compact, and easy-to-use hitch-mounted bike rack for all types of bikes. – Tool-free installation – Rack weight: 55 lb – Adjustable wheel block to accommodate wheel sizes from 20 inches up to 29 inches and tire sizes as wide as 5 inches – Integrated locking cable secures bikes to the rack – Locking hitch pin secures rack to the car – Accommodates wheel bases up to 53 inches – 2″ hitch compatible – Constructed from American-made aluminum and steel, and tested to outlive the elements. Furthermore, the BackStage comes with many features you’d expect from a premium hitch rack: a cable lock (although not integrated), the ability to carry various types of bikes and wheel sizes, sturdy ratcheting arms, and quality materials and construction overall.
The user-friendly tilt feature is best in class, providing quick and easy access to the rear of the vehicle, and its versatile carrying system accommodates everything from fat bikes to 20-inch kids’ models. It uses a system of one-click locking retractable straps, adjustable arms and pivoting floating rubber feet to fit to the contours of any vehicle without damaging it. An additional locking system secures the bikes to the rack, and there’s also an integrated cable lock for added peace of mind. Plus, despite initial appearances, roof carriers are extremely secure, with carefully-designed mounts, straps and ratchets to keep your bike from moving, even when you’re bombing down the motorway.
Yakima’s new HangOver is a hitch-mounted rack that stacks bikes vertically rather than horizontally, positioning up to four or six bikes (depending on rack size) upright and next to each other behind your vehicle. Just like the bike you ride, lots of thought and engineering has gone into the racks designed to carry your bikes on your vehicle. Hitch-mounted racks most commonly hold bikes by their wheels with an arm securing the front wheel (as shown above) or by hanging from their top tubes (image below).
There are more simple roof-mounted bike racks available that don’t require a dedicated base bar set up, such as the Sea Sucker rack (shown below), which uses suction cups to attach to your car, and roof-mounted bike racks that attach to your vehicle’s factory-installed roof rack. If your car doesn’t have roof racks, tow hitch, tow ball or a spare tire, the Trunk Mounted rack is likely for you. The Thule Sprint XT was by far the easiest fork-mount rack to secure a bike on. In the front, a tightening knob clicks when you’ve reached the right pressure for securing the forks, and the rear section slides out to fit the rear wheel.
But if you want a wheel-mount roof rack that can carry kids’ bikes (20 inches to 29 inches) or fat bikes (with tires up to 5 inches thick), it’s a good choice. The Thule Raceway Pro is the most expensive trunk rack we’ve tested, but it’s also a step above the other models in quality and features: It has a better ratcheting system and mounting straps, and it’s the only one that lets you lock your bike to the rack and lock the rack to the car. With most hanging hitch racks, you have to unload the bikes before you can access a vehicle’s rear compartment.
The RockyMounts MonoRail Solo holds bikes up to 60 pounds and includes a cable lock kit, and you can carry a second bike if you get an add-on extension The bike’s wheels are held by individual trays, which fold inward when not needed for more compact storage, but the mechanism was stiff and not easy to use. If you want to carry your bike on the roof of your vehicle, you’ll find no easier way to do so than with the Yakima HighRoad We found it to be the simplest to use of all the roof racks we tested, both when installing the rack on the vehicle and when loading a bike. And if you need to carry electric or other heavy bikes, or you just want a tray-style hitch rack that’s a cinch to install, load a bike onto, transport, and store, you may find the Thule EasyFold XT 2 worth the price.
Access to the rear of a vehicle: With a hitch rack you should be able to tilt or swing the rack out of the way so that you can open a vehicle’s rear door or trunk—ideally without having to unload the bikes. Thule and Yakima sell optional locking cables for trunk racks; they are secured from inside the trunk lid or rear hatch. Most tray-style hitch racks and most roof racks hold bikes by the wheels rather than by the frame, making them safer for finishes and compatible with more kinds of bikes (although they may not work well on bikes with fenders).
Most hitch racks tilt down or swing to the side to let you open the rear hatch or trunk of your vehicle (although you’ll have to remove the bikes with most hanging-hitch racks). Roof racks, which attach to a base crossbar system on the top of a vehicle and hold bikes by the front wheel, front forks, or frame. If you already own a roof rack, a roof bike rack could be the simplest solution, however a trunk or hitch mounted rack is often easier to load and unload and suits heavier bikes.