Bike Rack / July 20, 2018 / Dielle Tachel
Hitch mount back racks that fit into the receiver come in either 1.25-inch or 2-inch shank sizes so it is essential that you know the size of your receptacle. Consult the vehicle owners manual for this information. Many racks however can be adapted to fit either trailer hitch. The size and style of carrier you buy will depend upon the type and number of cycles you have to transport. Know the tongue weight (TW) of the bike rack you plan to buy which is not a difficult task as there are only two. The 1.25 TW (1.25-in shank) can safely carry one or two bikes while the 2 TW (2-inch) can handle up to five.
Specifically I purchased the Thule Spare Me bike rack. It attaches with a plate that goes behind the spare tire and has a threaded square tube that holds the rack in place. Then a lockable bolt tightens the rack against the tire and keeps it from falling off the end. The rack also folds down when not in use to keep it out of the way. I have been satisfied the this bike rack since I purchased it a few years back. I have no complaints it has served its purpose and it does exactly what it is supposed to. But I wish I had bought a receiver hitch bike rack. I already had a receiver hitch on my Jeep and the spare me bike rack adds extra weight to the spare tire that was not designed to support extra weight. I must note I havent seen any problems with the spare tire on my truck but Im still a little concerned.
Follow these 6 tips for buying the right bike rack and youll do well. Although many people love exploring the great outdoors with their vehicles its becoming common for people to use their bicycle to get even closer to the action. Having a bike rack mounted on your vehicle is a simple way to transport your bike to the starting point. Here are a few tips to keep in mind when choosing a bike rack for your car or SUV. Type of Bike Rack Needed You already know you need a bicycle rack to transport your bike but do you know what type to purchase? Many people never do any type of research. There are two types of bike racks that are available.