Bike Rack / July 19, 2018 / Colette Plaisance
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.
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.
The Top Brands for Hitch Racks In the hitch bike rack world it seems to be dominated by three manufacturers: Thule Saris and Yakima. There are others but these three seem to be the quality innovators. Other companies that offer good choices for the price conscious shopper include: Swagman Softride Hollywood and Draftmaster. Speaking of innovation Yakima has a hitch rack that over comes a big problem that is the downside of a rear mounting system. Because these racks are at the back of the vehicle it can make it difficult to get into the rear of the vehicle with the rack in place.