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Bike Rack Mounting Options for a 2012 Chevrolet Volt

Question:

which bike rack would be best for a 2012 chevy volt? there doesnt seem to be a gap to be able to have a trunk bike rack.

asked by: Cathy P


Expert Reply:

I spoke with my contact at Thule and the Thule Raceway 2 Bike Rack, # TH9001, is confirmed to fit on your 2012 Chevrolet Volt. The top clips will secure to the top edge of the rear hatch door and the bottom clips will secure to the bottom edge of the rear hatch door.

We have a few other options for you as well. You could use the Thule Echelon Roof Mounted Bike Rack, # TH518, with the Rhino-Rack 2500 Series Roof Rack as long as your vehicle has 4 doors and has no existing roof rails or crossbars. This roof rack includes the 2500 Series Euro Square Crossbars, # DS118B, and the Custom DK Clamps and Pads, # DK316. Be sure you check your owners manual and verify the weight capacity of your roof. The roof rack option is not available for 2 door models.

You could also look into adding a trailer hitch and using a hitch mounted bike rack. This would by my recommendation. A hitch mounted bike rack will not have any contact with the vehicle and minimize paint damage during trips. You could install the Curt Class I Trailer Hitch, # C11221, and I would recommend one of our most popular bike racks the Thule Helium Aero 2 Bike Rack, TH9042. I have included installation instructions for the hitch and bike rack and a demonstration video of the bike rack for you to check out.

If you plan on carrying any womens or childrens bikes, then I would also recommend the Thule Adapter Bar, # TH982XT, to carry the bikes safely. You may also want the Softride Soft Velcro Tie Down, # SR18679 to secure your bike wheels to the bike frame to keep them from hitting the back of your vehicle while driving.

expert reply by: John H




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Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class I - 1-1/4"


Curt Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class I - 1-1/4"

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C11221

Retail: $223.52

Price:  $125.45

Product Summary:

Custom Fit Hitch
Class I
Concealed Cross Tube
100 lbs TW
1000 lbs GTW

Product Specs:

1-1/4 Inch Hitch


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Rhino-Rack 2500 Series Roof Rack with Euro Square Crossbars - 46" Long - Black


Rhino-Rack 2500 Series Roof Rack with Euro Square Crossbars - 46" Long - Black

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DS118B

Retail: $206.00

Price:  $185.40

Product Summary:

Complete Roof Systems
Square Bars
Black
46 Inch Long
2 Bars

Product Specs:

Aluminum
Locks Included


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Softride Soft Hook-and-Loop Tie Down for Bike Racks


Softride Soft Hook-and-Loop Tie Down for Bike Racks

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SR18679

Retail: $2.00

Price:  $1.79

Product Summary:

Truck Bed Bike Racks
Accessories

Product Specs:

Straps


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Thule Echelon Roof Mounted Bike Rack - Fork Mount


Thule Echelon Roof Mounted Bike Rack - Fork Mount

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TH518

Retail: $179.95

Price:  $161.95

Product Summary:

Fork Mount
9mm Fork
Silver
Aluminum
Locks Not Included

Product Specs:

Disc Brake Compatible
Square Bars
Round Bars
Clamp On - Quick


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Thule Helium Aero 2 Bike Rack - 1-1/4" and 2" Hitches - Tilting - Aluminum


Thule Helium Aero 2 Bike Rack - 1-1/4" and 2" Hitches - Tilting - Aluminum

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TH9042

Price:  $349.95

Product Summary:

Hanging Rack
2 Bikes
Tilt-Away Rack
Fold-Up Rack
Aluminum
Bike and Hitch Lock

Product Specs:

Class 1
Class 2
Class 3
Fits 1-1/4 Inch Hitch
Fits 2 Inch Hitch
Fits 1-1/4 and 2 Inch Hitch
Frame Mount - Anti-Sway


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Thule Bike Adapter Bar for Women's and Alternative Frame Bikes


Thule Bike Adapter Bar for Women's and Alternative Frame Bikes

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TH982XT

Price:  $39.95

Product Summary:

Hitch Bike Racks
Trunk Bike Racks
Spare Tire Bike Racks
Accessories
16 - 31-1/2 Inch

Product Specs:

Bike Adapter Bar


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Thule Raceway 2 Bike Rack - Trunk Mount - Adjustable Arms


Thule Raceway 2 Bike Rack - Trunk Mount - Adjustable Arms

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TH9001XT

Price:  $279.95

Product Summary:

Frame Mount - Anti-Sway
2 Bikes
Hanging Rack
Bike Lock

Product Specs:

Dual Arm
Folding


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