Bike Rack / July 21, 2018 / Avelaine Labrecque
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.
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.
If you opt for a towing hitch mount bike rack the kind that allow you to transport bikes and tow at the same time be aware of the maximum tow weight (normally from 2000 to 3500 pounds). Some of the towing hitch mount bike racks come with a tow bar attached but you can still only tow small loads such as small trailers or boats. With the exception of the fixed frame rack most of the hitch mount bike racks fold or tilt for ease of access to the rear of the vehicle or for parking. Racks that fold down do not allow easy access to the vehicles rear cargo area but are convenient for parking.