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.
Here you will see prices and product names. You can get all the specs on each product and even compare them with each other. When youre ready to make a buying decision you can shop around at other websites that might have similar products or the same product for less. If you cant find what you need from Thule you may want to check out Yakima (yakima.com) as well. Yakima is a huge name in the rack business and they also design high-quality roof bike racks trunk racks hitch racks and more. The Yakima site also has an interactive set up similar to Thules that helps you figure out which bike rack will be best for you.
Also if I sell my vehicle and buy something without a spare tire on the back of it the bike rack will no longer be of use to me. If I had bought a receiver hitch bike rack I could move it around from vehicle to vehicle (assuming they have a receiver hitch). The other reason I wish I have bought a receiver hitch bike rack is the number of bikes you can get on the rack. The spare tire bike racks are limited to two bikes. You can get versions of receiver hitch bike racks that can hold 3 4 or even 5 bikes. Its not that big of a deal when you are bicycling by yourself but when you start hanging out with other bicyclists it is nice to be able to get more bikes on your bike rack for getting away from your usual bike rides.