Bike Rack / July 21, 2018 / Avelaine Labrecque
Available at many Internet sites they can be purchased for prices starting as low as $90 and up to $300. Styles of Hitch Mounted Bike Racks Hanging: This is the most common type of hitch mounted bike rack and comes in a number of sizes to accommodate up to five bikes. They do not however accommodate non-standard bikes. Full Tray: In the full tray hitch mounted bike rack bike wheels rest on a tray; and this type will accommodate any type of bike and can carry multiple types at the same time. Most have a two bike capacity but a converter kit can be purchased to carry two additional bikes.
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.
The Top Brands for Hitch Racks In the hitch bike rack world it seems to be dominated by three manufacturers: Thule Saris and Yakima. There are others but these three seem to be the quality innovators. Other companies that offer good choices for the price conscious shopper include: Swagman Softride Hollywood and Draftmaster. Speaking of innovation Yakima has a hitch rack that over comes a big problem that is the downside of a rear mounting system. Because these racks are at the back of the vehicle it can make it difficult to get into the rear of the vehicle with the rack in place.