Cycling is perhaps one of the best ways to explore nature while getting much needed exercise. The problem is that although it is fun to take your bike to far-off locations, it would be impractical to ride your bike all the way to said area.
This is where bicycle car racks come in handy. Providing your bike with a sturdy anchor, car racks make it possible for you to bring your bike anywhere and enjoy it at leisure. If you are in the market for one, here’s what you should know about the best models today:
10 – Allen Sports Deluxe 4-Bike Hitch Mount Rack
This bike rack can take up to 4 bikes – perfect for group outings. Unfortunately, it only works for cars with a 2-inch trailer hitch but since many cars have this feature, it shouldn’t be a problem. Installed in as little as 5 minutes, the model is made from durable steel that will keep your bike intact and scratch-free during the ride. Plus, it comes with a lifetime warranty.
9 – Allen Sports Deluxe 2-Bike Trunk Mount Rack
Grabbing the 9th spot, this particular model works well with SUVs, sedans, minivans, and hatchbacks. It can handle up to 2 bikes and is already whole upon delivery, hence no need to assemble the item together. As for installation, it shouldn’t take more than a few seconds to finish. An excellent feature of this model is the fact that it is secure and a few inches away from the vehicle so it doesn’t scratch the paint.
8 – Prorack 2-Bike Hitch Platform
Boasting of 4.5 stars out of 5, this particular model can carry up to 2 bikes, each weighing around 40lbs. The material used is powder coated steel which shouldn’t scratch on the surface of the bike or the car. Compatible with 1 ¼ to 2 inches of hitch receivers, you should be able to adjust the platform for both adult and children bikes. It comes with a 3-year limited warranty.
7 – Allen Sports Aluminum Folding 2-Bike Rack
A perfect fit for minivans, sedans, hatchbacks, and SUVs, this particular model is ultra light and would hardly be felt by your car. It can even be folded down into a small package that you can store inside the car when not in use. The unit handles two bikes at the same time, each having its own lock to keep the ride safe and secure.
6 – Allen Sports Premier Hitch Mounted 5-Bike Carrier
Another one from Allen Sports, this particular bike carrier can take up to 5 bikes so if you are part of a cycling group, this is definitely the rack to purchase. It can be installed easily to 2-inch hitches and comes with straps that individually hold the bicycles in place. Lastly, it features an internal tilt-away release that lets you lift the gate access.
5 – Pro-Series 63124 Eclipse Black 2-Inch Sq
Allows for an easy loading and unloading of bike, this rack comes with soft rubber cradles to keep the bike structure protected. It also comes with reflectors, just in case you need to make your trip at night. Individual hooks and straps keep the bike in place and is foldable when not in use.
4 – Saris Bones 801 3-Bike Trunk Mount Rack
Good for up to 3 bikes, this rack can be mounted on the trunk and separates the bikes on three different levels. Made from durable materials with a tilting feature that allows for easy access, this particular model is small, cost-effective, and functional.
3 – Swagman XC Cross-Country 2-Bike Hitch Mount Rack
Handles up to 2 bikes, this rack works with 1 ¼ and 2-inch received hitches with a maximum load of 35 pounds. It folds at the center and actually fits tires measuring 20 to 29 inches. It might take a few minutes to assemble but once done, it not only looks great but provides the kind of security you can only get with a quality product.
2 – 1 Bike Car Roof Carrier Rack Bicycle Racks with Lock
The only drawback of this model is the fact that it can only accommodate one bike. Other than that, however, this roof-installed car rack provides an array of features including stability, ease of use, and even ease of access.
1 – Hollywood Racks F4 Heavy Duty 4-Bike Trunk Mount Rack
Lastly, we’ve got something that can accommodate up to 4 bikes. Installed at the trunk and made from durable metal, the unit comes pre-assembled and may be folded in case of storage. It can be custom fitted for many sedans and engineered not to scratch the vehicle.