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Benefits of a hitch-mounted bike rack:
Consider the following when choosing a bike rack:
What you need to know about your trailer hitch and vehicle to choose a bike rack that is compatible with your setup:
Hitch receivers are grouped into classes based on their receiver size and maximum weight capacity. If your hitch is 1-1/4", you'll need to know
if it is class I or class II because accessories made for a class I hitch will fit in class I and class II hitches, but accessories made for a class II hitch will not fit
in a class I hitch. This built-in incompatibility is for safety - it prevents accendental overloading of a class I hitch. You should be able to determine the class of your
hitch based on its maximum capacity. The capacity can be found on a sticker on the hitch, or it will be stamped into the hitch.
Hitch Class Facts
Bike racks come in a variety of styles. Consider what style bike rack would be most compatible with your bike frames and transportation requirements.
Hanging Style Bike Racks
Hanging bike racks support bikes by their frames, so that the bike hangs from its tube top. These racks come in several different styles.
Dual-Arm Bike Racks
Single-Arm Bike Racks
V-Shaped Bike Racks
Platform or Wheel-Mount Bike Racks
These style racks support bikes by their wheels. The bikes sit on top of the rack, the tires resting in cradles.
Varying levels of rear cargo area accessibility are offered by different types of hitch-mounted bike racks.
Swing-Away Bike Racks
Parallelogram Bike Racks
Tilting Bike Racks
Fixed-Position Bike Racks
To see our selection of hanging bike racks, click here.
Choose a rack with features that make it convenient and easy for you to handle.
Anti-rattle devices eliminate rattling and jostling of the rack in the hitch during transport.
Several bike racks come with integrated locking mechanisms to prevent theft by securing the bikes to the bike rack and/or the bike rack to the trailer hitch.
Most styles of racks have a folding component that make storing the rack convenient
To determine the amount of clearance your vehicle requires, you need to measure. This requires a measuring tape and a straight edge, such as a dowel rod or a yardstick.
Hold the dowel rod or yardstick vertically against the back of your spare tire, making sure that the end of the straight edge extends lower than your hitch pin hole.
Use the tape measure to find the distance from the center of the hitch pin hole to the straight edge (in inches). Be sure to form a 90-degree angle between your tape measure and your straight edge. This measurement is the minimum clearance your bike rack will need to clear your spare tire.
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