Bike Rack / July 21, 2018 / Colette Plaisance
I would also suggest getting a receiver bike rack that fits both Class 2 and Class 3 hitches. You cannot get Class 3 hitches for all vehicles and if also makes it easier to move the hitch to other vehicles such as your friends car because its their turn to drive. Some other issues to keep in mind when using bike racks. First when you have 2 or more bikes on you bike rack they will probably rub together and scratch you bikes. There are accessories that will help you keep your bicycles away from each other but I have not used them "yet". And second some smaller mountain bikes will not fit on your bike rack.
If a car can fit roof racks then your car will be able to carry a bike. Personally I dont like this option because of the wind resistance and the amount of gas my car chews when going on a long trip. I also find the bikes are more exposed to rain insects dirt and dust and are more protected behind the car. But if you are concerned that the other types of bike racks will not fit your car or indeed cannot then the roof top is still an option. 2. Trunk Mount Bike Rack These guys are really useful for people with cars (and not an SUV or truck). They fit on the trunk with straps and steel frames.
This will narrow down the number of racks you have to choose from. Depending on the number of bikes you select your mounting options will change. For instance if you select three bikes the only types of racks available are hitch racks or rear racks. If you want a roof bike rack you can only select a load capacity of one bike. Play around with your options so you get a good idea of which styles can carry different quantities of bikes. When youre ready to start looking at specific racks rather than just the bike rack styles you can scroll down the page and see which Thule racks are available in the style of your choice.