Bike Rack / July 21, 2018 / Avelaine Labrecque
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.
Tip 2: How many bikes will you usually be carrying with your bike rack? You might find a great deal on a 2-bike rack which would be perfect for you and a friend. But suppose you have a group of friends or a family and you want to carry 4 bikes on the rack? Likewise a great deal on a 4- or 6-bike (theyre HUGE!) rack isnt very "great" if you will never need to carry that many bikes. A bike rack thats too big can be cumbersome and nearly useless.
Most popular variations are the trunk and hitch Bell bicycle rack models. These are easy to use and install. Mounting the rack on your car is straightforward with the included straps and hooks like other trunk-mount models from other manufacturers. To carry more than two or three bikes a 4 bicycle rack like the Hitchbiker from Bell is what cyclists seek out to carpool with friends and family. The proper size receiver hitch will be necessary for this option. The great thing about Bell racks are that they are affordable. However dont equate the low price for the product being cheap.