Bike Rack / July 21, 2018 / Avelaine Labrecque
I would also suggest getting a receiver bike rack that fits both Class 2 and Class 3 hitches. You cannot get Class 3 hitches for all vehicles and if also makes it easier to move the hitch to other vehicles such as your friends car because its their turn to drive. Some other issues to keep in mind when using bike racks. First when you have 2 or more bikes on you bike rack they will probably rub together and scratch you bikes. There are accessories that will help you keep your bicycles away from each other but I have not used them "yet". And second some smaller mountain bikes will not fit on your bike rack.
The idea is to safely carry your bikes without at the same time doing any damage to the body of your vehicle. Of all the methods available for bike transport by far the easiest to use and least expensive are the hitch mounted bike racks. These carriers fit on or in the trailer hitch of your vehicle and are a snap to install or remove. Most are heavy duty steel construction making them durable to withstand many long road trips. Bike Rack Basics Hitch mounted bike carriers fit on the trailer hitch of your vehicle either the hitch receiver or the ball affixed to the bumper.
But dont make the same mistake I did and go get a bigger bike to fit on the bike rack. They make what is called a "bike beam" that goes from the handle bar stem to the seat post. The only downside to the bike beam is your bicycle will move more but it does what it is designed to do. Make your bike fit on your bike rack. Bell Sports is known for their cycling helmets but they also make bicycle racks. Bell bike rack carriers come in all types and capacities. They make 2 bike trunk racks to 4 bike rack carriers for hitch mounting. Like many of the other top brands cyclists have many options to choose from.