Bike Rack / July 21, 2018 / Colette Plaisance
If you have a hatch back but want a hitch mount bike rack because of the reason that you need access to the trunk then all you need to do is get a hitch receiver fitted. Before you rush out and buy a hitch receiver make sure you know how many inches it should be so that your rack fits it. Also be sure to get the hitch mount bike rack that is as swing away type or can be lowered. Some models are fixed so you wont be able to open your trunk anyway! 2. What Type of Bike Do You Have? 4 bike rack will carry 3 bikes comfortably but you often find the 4th will only just squeeze in if not at all.
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.
Because there are a wide range of prices out there and because there are many features available in all price ranges never start with price considerations first. Instead consider the following: Tip 1: What vehicle are you planning to use the rack on? You need to know exactly what type of vehicle and if at all possible exactly which vehicle you will mount the carrier on. You need to know all this so you can decide on how you want it to mount on the vehicle. Will it bolt to the frame? Will you be mounting it on brackets or braces attached to a bumper? Once you know the details you can choose the right rack for your specific vehicle.