Gone are the days when bikes were carried around on cars and trucks without hitch bike racks. It was difficult to load and unload the bikes and problems with doors and bridges were the order of the day with overhead luggage.
The introduction of hitch bike racks is the solution to your problem if you are still struggling with the overhead transportation method. The hitch bike rack safely carries your bike when you fit it at the receiver of the trailer hitch of your car or truck. It will guarantee an easy time when loading and unloading your bike while also ensuring that it is safe and secure at all times.
Additionally, to accommodate all wheel sizes, the wheel slots of the Proseries Mounted Bike Carrier are fully adjustable, with the center tube able to tilt for purposes of rear bike access. To ensure that your bike is protected from contact with the road, you can raise the shank of the bike carrier.
The Proseries bike carrier is rust resistant, making it durable and safe to use in all weather conditions. It weighs 34.6 pounds.
During transportation, your bike is secured due to the padded connector to the upper frame of your bike. The strap connected to the rack also ensures that your bike does not wobble during transportation and it can be used to support a wide range of bike tube sizes and shapes. The buckle also helps protect the bike due to its TPR housing.
Due to its design and the way the bike is mounted, the Allen Sports hitch rack does not require an adaptor bar. When not in use, the Easy Load Deluxe folds in, minimizing the storage space needed in your garage. You can also leave it mounted and folded against the vehicle, making it convenient and easy to store without having to detach it. The hitch bike rack weighs approximately 30 pounds.
The Swagman hitch bike rack is uniquely designed in a way that if you want to gain access to the trunk of your car, the arm of the hitch rack folds down so that you do not have to remove the rack. The arms are also adjustable in order to support bikes of other frame sizes.
Fortunately, this bike hitch rack does not wobble at all, due to the built-in anti-wobble hitch device, which supports the bike during transportation. If you want to have the complete versatility of the Swagman bike hitch rack, you have to purchase the fat tire wheel trays separately. This includes a locking hitch pin and a 10mm security cable.
Apart from securing your bike, these arms do not risk its durability. They are padded to ensure that the bike is protected from scratches. The 2-way anti-wobble system on your rack prevents wobbling between the rack and the hitch, which keeps your bike firmly supported by this rack. With the safety reflector on the hitch rack, the bicycle at the back is visible even at night, ensuring safety during travel.
When not using the rack, simply fold it up to save space in your storage area. The maximum load that this rack can carry is 35 pounds per bike.
It is made of thick steel, making it durable and therefore quite reliable. It is also a good choice because it can carry bikes of different types of frames and tires. The platform of this rack has the sliding wheel design, which enables it to carry bikes with wheels between 20 and 29 inches.
It has a fold-out design that allows you to access your trunk without having to move your bike, making it an easy way to full advantage of your vehicle’s storage area and rack at the same time. During transportation, your bikes are safely protected with straps and cradles, ensuring that they do not sway.
The assembly of this hitch bike rack is very simple and user-friendly. It can carry bikes of a maximum weight of 70 pounds.
This hitch bike rack is very versatile in that its locking ratchet hooks can hold bikes of different frame sizes. It also has many styles in which you can suspend your bikes.
The TRANSIT bike hitch rack is designed with a tilting base, which allows you to access your trunk without having to remove the bikes. It guarantees quick and easy loading of your bikes. Wheels with bases of between 17 and 58 inches and receiver hitches of 1 and 2 inches are its foot fits.
For storage purposes, simply fold it up to save space.
The arms of the Thule Apex rack have an arc design, which ensures that the bikes are not in contact with each other and that they are also off the ground. Bike to bike contact is also prevented by a patented cage located on the rack. The cradles are designed with a technology known as the Road Dampening Technology, which gives them the ability to absorb shock from the road to provide more protection to your bike while on the go.
For stability, the patented cage has a no-sway mechanism that keeps your bikes fully supported by the hitch bike rack. The rack is also built with a heavy duty cable lock to ensure that the bikes are fully locked to the rack.
When not in use, the arms are folded through the folding high switch. The Thule Apex hitch bike rack also contains a handle that makes carrying and handling the rack very easy. The rack has a weight of 54.3 pounds.
To access the trunk, you do not have to remove the bikes. Simply fold down the center arm to get the bikes out of the way. The rack fits 2 and 1.25-inch receivers and the built-in anti-wobble hitch device keeps the bikes steady during travel.
The rack is adjustable to carry bikes of different wheel sizes. The arms have a push button that makes it easy to adjust for different bike sizes. The wheel hoops of this Swagman rack are adjustable and they contain rubber straps that fully support the bikes during movement.
For additional security of the bikes, the bike hooks located on the rack tightly grip onto the frames. They are made of a soft coat in order to prevent scratching the bikes’ frames.
This Swagman rack is made of powder-coated steel with a premium finish, which makes it resistant to corrosion for increased durability. It is important to note that the locking hitch pin, the 10mm security cable, and the bike tire trays are sold separately. The Swagman hitch bike rack weighs approximately 33lbs.
The Yakima bike rack is unique as it contains removable zip strips that help secure bikes to the rack. The zip strips work in combination with the rack’s anti-sway cradles to ensure that your bikes do not come into contact with each other.
The Yakima ridge back hitch bike rack is sold with the Yakima tube-top cross bar adapter, the main function of which is to support the bike as you zip through the mountains. The adapter has large molded collars that rest on the seat post and head tube to support the bikes and keep them steadily mounted on the arms of the rack. The collars are made of a soft material to ensures that the bike has a gentle ride and is not scratched, thus ensuring its durability.
For more stability, the adapter has oversized diameter tubing and anti-rotation inserts.
This Allen Sports model also has UV-resistant rubber cradle straps to hold the bike securely in place during transport. The cradles are soft to prevent damage to the bike parts. With these rubber cradle straps, the hitch bike rack can work on a variety of bikes with different tube sizes.
The Allen Quick Release hitch rack also has tie-down cradles that are dual compound, and the quick set straps secure your bikes. These straps individually protect your bike and prevent it from swaying.
The arms of this bike rack have an easy fold design that enables you to drop them out of the way when you are not using the bike rack. The quick set arms snap into place for use. You can fold them by squeezing two release buttons located on the carrier. This makes storage of the rack very easy, saving a lot of space.
Additionally, if you need access to the trunk of your vehicle, the rack has a tilt-away mechanism that enables you to tilt it without having to unhinge it from the vehicle. The rack weighs 22 pounds.
Another redesigned feature is the pivot lever, which has been fitted with a foot assist to ensure that even when your hands are full, you can lower the rack using your foot. The hitch rack also contains a semi-integrated bike lock that keeps the bike in place during transportation. With the hand-tight hitch, you can be sure that your bike is safe at the back of your car.
The wide spacing of the folding tire cradles makes it impossible for the bikes to rub against each other. The rear tire cradle also consists of a co-molded strap that protects the bike from swaying during transportation. The folding front cradle aids in creating more space between the car and the rack, ensuring that they do not come into close contact so that you don’t have to worry about scratches on either the bike or the car.
The Kuat Sherpa rack is waterproof, meaning that you do not have to take it off the car when you take it to the carwash or have to leave your car outside. The hitch rack has an arched design, which gives it a decorative look on the back of your vehicle. It weighs approximately 45.6 pounds.
To access the trunk, the rack tilts back and away from the vehicle. This is possible due to its tilt-away frame and a built-in pivot point on the rack’s shank. The shank is anti-wobble model as it is tightly fastened to the hitch receiver by the aid of a threaded pin. This ensures that during transportation, the bikes do not sway. The shank can be replaced and changed, so it’s sold separately.
Other features of the Curt Premium bike rack are the adjustable rubber cradles on the arms of the hitch rack. They have adjustable straps that ensure that all bike sizes are kept secure. The rubber material ensures that the frame of the bike remains unscratched.
For storage purposes, the arms fold down to save your storage space. The rack is very durable with a rust-resistant black powder coat finish. It weighs a little over 40 pounds.
What Type of Hitch Bike Rack Should I Buy?
If you are worried that your type of bike will not meet a suitable hitch, there are hitch bike racks available for any type of bike. Hitch bike racks come in many styles, including hanging, wheel-only, platform, and specialty bike racks.
The hanging style bike racks support your bike by holding its frame. In this way, you can transport your bike while it hangs from its top tube. If your bike is the type with an alternative frame, you might be worried when it does not hang squarely on the rack. There is a solution to this problem. Using an adapter bar, you can support your bike by clamping the bar on your seat post and your bike’s head tube. With its design, the adapter bar has a support that will rest on the arms of your bike rack. This way, your bike does not wobble.
The wheel-only style mount bike racks hold your bike by its wheels. The racks do not come into any contact with the frames, so you don’t need to worry about dings or scratches. The wheel-only racks can either be v-shaped or vertical racks. The v-shaped racks are used by people with bikes of many designs and sizes. However, straps have to be used with these hitch bike racks to ensure that the bicycle does not swing during transportation. The vertical racks hold bikes by their wheel in a vertical manner. Standard wheel sized bikes are most commonly carried using these racks.
Platform hitch bike racks are also known as wheel-mount racks because bikes are supported on their wheels. The wheels sit on the racks with the tires on the cradles. The major advantage of the platform hitched bike racks is that they can fit bikes of any wheel or frame size. This is due to the adjustable wheel holders included in this type of hitch bike rack.
The specialty bike racks are built differently to hold specific kinds of bikes. For instance, for a tandem bike, the racks have wide-spaced arms to specifically hold the bikes’ long frames. Recumbent bikes have smaller wheels with longer wheel bases, which makes them different from other models. Therefore, racks built for recumbent bikes have smaller wheel hoops with distant spacing to support it.