Bike Rack / July 21, 2018 / Avelaine Labrecque
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 you have more than one type of bike to tow the best choice for transport is the tray hitch mount rack which accommodates all types of bikes and can carry up to four safely. Look for locking features in the bike rack you buy. Most will have a method of locking the bikes in place and also a pin for locking the rack securely to the trailer hitch. You will also want to consider a rack with anti-vibration technology to prevent your bikes from banging together on bumpy roads or worse bumping against your vehicle and damaging the finish. Hitch mounted bike racks are the least expensive way to carry your expensive bikes.
Most trunk mounted racks suspend and hold the bike by its cross bar. A lot of the full suspension mountain bikes as well as other styles of bike have an unusual cross bar making the mounting of the bike on the rack more difficult. If your vehicle has a rear mounted spare tire you will need to buy a special rack that mounts on the spare tire or go with a roof rack or a hitch mounted rack. If cycling is not the only activity you enjoy that requires you to haul your toys around a trunk mounted rack might be the best option. If this is you a roof mounted rack might be the best option as you can buy component for a roof rack that will secures all types of different toys.