Bike Rack / July 19, 2018 / Belda Beaudoin
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.
Speaking of protection a bike that is transported from the rear will also not be damaged when the driver forgets the bike is on the roof and drives into a low ceiling garage. The best benefit of a hitch mount bike rack is the money it will save you on gas. A bike on a roof rack creates drag and cuts down on your gas mileage. A rear transported bike will not create the same kind of drag. If you have more than one bike there are versions of hitch bike racks that can accommodate up to 5 bicycles. Finally the ease of taking the bike on and off is very quick and you do not have to remove the tires-so you are ready to get cycling faster once at your destination.
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.