Bike Rack / July 21, 2018 / Belda Beaudoin
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.
While I cant tell you exactly what your rack needs are I can point you to someone who can: Thule. Whether youre going to end up purchasing a Thule rack or not you will find the Thule website (Thule.com) is a great source for figuring out what style you need. This website was very useful in helping me choose a new roof bike rack and I highly recommend doing some research on this site before making a purchase. On the Thule site you can select what kind of rack youre looking for (bike rack ski rack base rack etc.). First youll want to select bicycle rack and then select the load capacity youre looking for(1 2 3 4 or 5 bikes).
One big factor is the amount of bikes youll need to carry. The more bicycles that a rack can hold the more expensive usually. Also with more carrying capacity comes more weight and sometimes more parts. All this should be considered first when choosing a trunk mount bike rack. Some other options to consider are locking bike mounting mechanisms and ease of installation and daily use. All these are valid concerns that go into choosing any bicycle car rack but especially a trunk bicycle rack. Everything else beyond these factors are a plus. Installation is important because if you use the rack frequently you want this to be easy.