Bike Rack / July 21, 2018 / Avelaine Labrecque
The Right Up 2 or Hitchbiker 4 would be a good choice for a 4 bike rack to mount on a receiver hitch. As you can see you cant go wrong with a Bell bike rack on your car. If you are a cyclist and own a sedan hatchback or any other car with a trunk a trunk mount bike rack is a great option as a rear bicycle carrier for your vehicle. Even within this type of auto bike rack there are many brands and contenders. But there are some important things to consider when choosing the best trunk bike rack for your bicycle transportation needs. Knowing how each type of trunk rack for bikes varies will help you choose the right carrier system.
Always read the fine print!) If you need to be able to get in and out of your trunk while transporting your bikes then this option is a not for you! The entire trunk will be inaccessible once the carrier is fitted to the vehicle. 3. Hitch Mount Bike Rack This type of bike rack can be fitted to any vehicle that has a hitch receiver. Most are suited to a 2 inch receiver and some are for a 1 and ¼ inch receiver. I particularly like this option because no one can steal your bikes! Its also a lot sturdier. Some people worry that it will add too much weight to the back of the car but the rack is light and very strong. Its built to carry bikes but its not bulky. Some models (the more expensive ones) let you swing the rack away from the car so you have access to the trunk.
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.