How to Choose a Hitch-Mounted Bike Rack

Platform hitch-mounted bike rack

A hitch-mounted bike rack is a type of bike rack that slides into the receiver of a trailer hitch on a car or truck. This type of rack has some advantages over roof- and trunk-mounted bike racks:


Questions to consider when choosing a hitch-mounted bike rack:


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Different Racks for Different Kinds of Bikes

Bike racks come in a variety of styles - some work better than others for carrying specific kinds of bikes. You can even find racks that are designed to fit specialized bikes like tandems and recumbents. No matter which kind of bike you have, there is a hitch-mounted bike rack that can carry it.


Best Types of Racks for Different Kinds of Bikes
Standard frame road bicycle

Road and mountain bikes
Hitch-mounted hanging style bicycle carrier
  • Standard-frame bikes work well with all types of hitch-mounted racks.
  • The largest hanging style racks can carry 5 bikes.
  • Platform racks provide a stable and secure platform for your bikes. They make minimal contact with bike frames.
  • Hanging wheel-only-mount racks contact your bikes only by the wheels.
Hanging
Hitch-mounted platform bicycle carrier
Platform
Hitch-mounted V-shaped hanging style bicycle carrier
Hanging - wheel only mount

Bicycle with step through frame

Bikes with step-through frames
Hitch-mounted hanging style bicycle carrier
  • Hanging-style racks usually require use of an adapter bar to allow the bike to hang level.
  • Platform racks hold bikes level regardless of frame type.
  • Hanging wheel-only-mount racks hold bikes level regardless of frame type.
Hanging
Hitch-mounted platform bicycle carrier
Platform
Hitch-mounted V-shaped hanging style bicycle carrier
Hanging - wheel only mount

Standard frame road bike on hitch-mounted rack

Children's bikes
Hitch-mounted hanging style bike rack in use
  • Children's bikes fit best on hanging racks with closely spaced dual arms or single arms with small cradles.
  • An adapter bar may be needed to carry some children's bikes. You should check the adapter bar's length to make sure it will fit your bike.
Hanging

Carbon fiber frame bicycle

Bikes with carbon fiber frames
Hitch-mounted platform bicycle carrier with wheel clamps
  • Racks that contact bike frames can damage those made of carbon fiber. To maintain the warranties on these fragile frames, you should select a bike rack that makes no contact with bike frames.
  • Platform racks clamp onto bikes' wheels, eliminating all contact with frames.
  • Hanging wheel-only-mount racks contact bikes only by their wheels.
Platform with wheel clamps
Hitch-mounted V-shaped hanging style bicycle carrier
Hanging - wheel only mount

Bicycle with suspension

Bikes with suspension
Hitch-mounted hanging style bicycle carrier
  • Hanging-style racks can hold up to 5 bikes.
  • Platform racks that clamp onto wheels won't compress your bike's suspension when it's mounted.
  • Hanging wheel-only-mount racks won't compress your bike's suspension.
Hanging
Hitch-mounted platform bicycle carrier with wheel clamps
Platform with wheel clamps
Hitch-mounted V-shaped hanging style bicycle carrier
Hanging - wheel only mount




Different Types of Hitch-Mounted Bike Racks

Hanging style hitch-mounted bike rack in use with bicycle Platform style hitch-mounted bike rack in use with bicycle

Hitch-mounted bike racks fall into one of two major groups - hanging and platform (or wheel-mount) style racks. A few racks are designed to carry non-traditional bikes, such as recumbents, tandems, trikes, or other specialty bikes. To read more about specialty bike racks, see the section Specialty Bike Racks.


Hanging Style Platform Style
  • Hold up to a maximum of 2 - 5 bikes
  • Weigh less than platform sytle racks
  • Require sway control devices to prevent bikes from swaying
  • Cost less than platform racks
  • May require adapter bar for alternative-framed bikes
  • Contact frame (except for a few wheel-only-mount racks)
  • Fit 1-1/4" x 1-1/4" and 2" x 2" hitches
  • Hold up to a maximum of 2 - 4 bikes
  • Provide a stable platform - eliminate sway problems
  • Hold a large variety of bikes level
  • Make minimal contact with frames
  • Load and unload easier
  • Fit 1-1/4" x 1-1/4" and 2" x 2" hitches

Hanging Style Bike Racks

Hitch-mounted hanging style bicycle carrier installed on vehicle

Most hanging bike racks support bikes by their frames, so that the bike hangs from its top tube. These hanging racks work best on standard-frame bikes. A few hanging bike racks hold bikes by their wheels, eliminating contact with bike frames. These wheel-only mount racks can easily accommodate bikes with alternative frames.


Hitch-mounted bike rack adapter bar in use Hitch-mounted bike rack adapter bar

Bikes with alternative frames may not hang level on a hanging rack. If you have a bike with an alternative frame, and it doesn't hang level, an adapter bar can help. An adapter bar clamps onto the seatpost and head tube of your bike and provides a support that rests on the bike rack's arms.


Bike Rack with Anti-Sway Cradles

Bikes can sway on hanging racks, making contact with other bikes or with your vehicle. To help stop sway, many racks come with anti-sway cradles that grasp bikes by their frames and prevent them from swinging.


Dual-Arm Bike Rack

Dual arm bike rack installed with bike mounted

These racks have 2 arms to provide a stable platform to support bikes.


Widely-Spaced Arms vs. Narrowly Spaced Arms

Arm spacing varies among dual-arm racks. Widely spaced arms provide the best stability for holding larger bikes, but smaller bikes may not fit on racks with wide arms.


Single-Arm Bike Racks

Single arm bike rack installed with bike mounted Single, Rotatable Cradles

Single-arm racks support each bike on a single cradle. They secure bikes with clamps (top plates) or Velcro-like straps.


Hitch-mounted bike rack Shop for a hanging bike rack



Wheel-Only-Mount Hanging Bike Racks

V-shaped bike rack installed with bike mounted Hitch-mounted wheel only mount jackknife bicycle rack in use mounted on vehicle

Wheel-only-mount bike racks hold your bikes by their wheels, thereby avoiding contact with your bikes' frames.



Platform or Wheel-Mount Bike Racks

Platform style hitch-mounted bicycle carrier mounted on vehicle

These racks support bikes by their wheels. The bikes sit on top of the rack, the tires resting in cradles. Adjustable wheel holders allow platform bike racks to fit a wide range of bikes regardless of size, frame, suspension, or wheel size. You can easily load bikes on this style of rack.


Frame Clamp Style

Platform style bicycle carrier installed and in use Platform style hitch-mounted bike rack with frame clamps

Frame-style clamps hook over your bike's crossbar, holding the bike in place by the frame. This type of rack provides a very stable way to carry your bikes - because they eliminate bike sway, you won't need to use anti-sway devices. And you won't have to worry about bikes making contact with each other or your vehicle.


Wheel Clamp Style

Platform style bike rack installed on vehicle and in use Platform style hitch-mounted bike rack with wheel clamps

The clamps on this style of rack hold bikes in place by their wheels, eliminating any contact with frames. This is a great option if you want to protect your bike's finish and maintain its warranty, which can be invalidated by using any rack that grasps the bike's frame. This type of rack is also a good choice for bikes with suspension because it doesn't push down on the frame.



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Kuat Sherpa 2-bike hitch-mounted platform bicycle carrier Yakima LiteRider 3-bike hitch-mounted hanging style bicycle carrier Thule Roadway 2-bike hitch-mounted hanging style bicycle carrier
Kuat Sherpa 2 Yakima LiteRider Thule Roadway
  • Lightweight (32 lbs) platform rack
  • High capacity - (2) 40 lb bikes
  • No tools needed
  • Ultra-lightweight (21 lbs) hanging rack
  • Capacity - (3) 35 lb bikes
  • ZipStrip straps, locking SpeedKnob, and pull pin add to ease of use
  • No tools needed
  • Hanging platform rack
  • Capacity - 2 bikes (70 lbs total)
  • Quick-release levers
  • Built-in anti-rattle pin
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Kuat NV 4 4-bike hitch-mounted platform bicycle carrier Thule T2 Pro XT 2-bike hitch-mounted platform style bicycle carrier Yakima Holdup 2-bike platform style hitch-mounted bicycle carrier
Kuat NV 2.0 4 Bike Thule T2 Pro XTB Yakima HoldUp
  • Aluminum - corrosion resistant
  • High capacity - 60 lbs per bike
  • No frame contact
  • Built-in bike repair stand
  • Locks included
  • No tools needed
  • Steel
  • High capacity - 60 lbs per bike
  • No frame contact
  • HitchSwitch tilt lever
  • Fatbike compatible
  • 2-Bike add-on is available
  • Built-in locks
  • No tools needed
  • Steel
  • High capacity - 60 lbs per bike
  • No frame contact
  • 2-Bike add-on is available
  • Locks included
  • Built-in bottle opener
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Thule 4-bike hitch-mounted hanging style bicycle carrier Swagman XTC-2 2-bike hitch-mounted platform bicycle carrier Hollywood Racks 2-bike hitch-mounted platform style bicycle carrier
Thule Hitching Post Pro Swagman XTC-2 Hollywood Racks Trail Rider
  • Best value
  • Capacity - (4) 35 lb bikes
  • Tilting mast
  • Anti-sway cradles
  • Anti-rattle bolt
  • Inexpensive
  • Capacity - 35 lbs per bike
  • Lightweight - 30 lbs
  • Adjustable wheel hoops
  • Folding mast
  • Inexpensive
  • High capacity - 50 lbs per bike
  • Adjustable wheel hoops
  • Folding arms and mast
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Swagman 4-bike hitch-mounted platform style bicycle carrier Hollywood Racks 4-bike hitch-mounted platform sytle bicycle carrier Curt 4-bike hitch-mounted hanging style bicycle carrier
Swagman XTC-4 Hollywood Racks Sport Rider SE Curt Premium 4
  • Inexpensive
  • Capacity - (4) 35 lb bikes
  • Weight - 59 lbs
  • Angled platform improves ground clearance
  • Folding mast and platform
  • Anti-rattle hitch pin
  • High capacity - (4) 45 lb bikes
  • Weight - 74 lbs
  • Shank rises 7" to increase ground clearance
  • Folding mast and platform
  • Built-in locks
  • Anti-rattle hitch pin
  • Inexpensive
  • High capacity - 4 bikes (180 lbs total)
  • Weight - 41 lbs
  • Tapered arms
  • Tilting mast
  • Folding arms
  • Anti-rattle hitch pin




Specialty Bike Racks

Specialty hitch-mounted bike racks are available to carry many different kinds of specialty bikes. See the many kinds that etrailer.com offers, below.


Racks for Tandem Bikes

Hitch-mounted bicycle carrier for tandem bikes in use Hanging style hitch-mounted bicycle carrier for tandem bicycles

The arms on these racks are spaced wide to hold the long frame of a tandem bike. These racks may also have built-in anti-sway cradles to help keep a tandem bike steady while it's being transported.


Note: You may have to remove 1 or both wheels from your bike if it extends out past your vehicle's mirrors.



Racks for Recumbent Bikes

Hitch-mounted bicycle carrier for tandems in use Hitch-mounted bike rack for recumbent bikes

Smaller wheel hoops can be spaced far enough apart on these racks to fit the smaller wheels and longer wheelbases of recumbents.



Racks for Trikes

Hitch-mounted bicycle carrier for trikes in use Hitch-mounted bicycle carrier for tricycle

The 3 wheel cradles are sized and spaced to fit the wheels on trikes. Some of these racks can carry standard bikes and recumbents as well as trikes.



Racks for Fatbikes

Hitch-mounted cicycle carrier for fatbikes in use Hitch-mounted bicycle carrier for fatbikes

The cradles on these specialty platform style bike racks are wide to support the extra large tires found on fatbikes.



Racks for Electric Bikes

Hitch-mounted bicycle carrier for electric bikes in use Hitch-mounted bicycle carrier for electric bicycles

These racks are designed to handle the extra weight of electric bikes. To provide the needed extra strength, critical joints are welded and heavy duty materials are used in their construction.





Hitch Sizes

Before you buy a hitch-mounted bike rack, you'll need to know if it will fit the hitch on your vehicle.


Hitch and label showing maximum tow weight and maximum tongue weight

Most hitches have a 2" x 2" or 1-1/4" x 1-1/4" receiver opening. If the opening of your vehicle's hitch is 2" x 2", any bike rack made for this opening size will fit. If your hitch is 1-1/4" x 1-1/4", you'll need to know its class to ensure that you find a bike rack that will fit. Hitches that are 1-1/4" x 1-1/4" are Class I or Class II. Class II hitches can carry more weight than Class I. To help prevent overloading of a Class I hitch, some manufacturers design their Class I hitches so that Class II accessories won't fit into them. If you have a Class I hitch, you'll have to make sure that any bike rack you consider fits Class I hitches. If you have a Class II hitch, you can use a bike rack that fits Class I and Class II.


If you don't know the class of your hitch, you should be able to determine it based on the hitch's maximum capacity. The capacity can be found on a sticker on the hitch, or it will be stamped into the hitch. The pictured hitch shows a typical location of a sticker. The maximum tongue weight of this hitch is 450 lbs. Most Class I hitches have a tongue weight capacity of 200 lbs, and most Class II hitches have a tongue weight capacity of 350 lbs.



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Class III hitch

If your vehicle doesn't have a hitch, you can install one. To install most hitches, you don't need a lot of mechanical skill - you just need to have a few basic hand tools. Our fitguide can help you find the perfect custom-fit hitch for your vehicle.


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Bike Rack and Vehicle Compatibility


Illustration of where to measure to check for spare tire clearance side view of hitch-mounted bike rack Diagram showing where to measure a platform rack for spare tire clearance

If your vehicle has a rear-mounted spare, you should make sure that the bike rack will clear it when the bike rack is installed. See how to measure, below, to check for clearance.


Trailer hitch extension in use Trailer hitch extension

You can add an extension to your hitch to give you more clearance, but remember that an extension will reduce the weight capacity of your hitch by half.


Read more about measuring for spare tire clearance

Do you drive a vehicle with low ground clearance?

Mini-Cooper Hitch-mounted bike rack showing a built-in rise

When mounted on a vehicle that has low ground clearance, a hitch-mounted bike rack can drag when you drive over dips in the road or in driveways. If your vehicle has low ground clearance, consider a bike rack that has a built-in rise in the shank, as shown in the rack pictured above. This rise can help to prevent the bike rack from dragging on the ground.





Bike Rack Capacities

Typical hitch-mounted bike racks are available to carry from 2 to 5 bikes. Racks for specialty bikes, like trikes and recumbents, may only be able to carry 1 bike. When you're considering a rack, make sure that it fits your vehicle's hitch. See the table, below, to see the opening sizes and typical maximum capacities of trailer hitches.


Hitch Class Facts

1-1/4" x 1-1/4" Class I Hitch 1-1/4" x 1-1/4" Class II Hitch 2" x 2" Class III, IV, and V Hitches
Opening Size labelled 1-1/4 labelled hitch opening labelled 1-1/4 labelled hitch opening Labelled 2inch hitch opening
Maximum Tongue Weight Weight illustration
200 lbs
Weight illustration Weight illustration
350 lbs
Weight illustration Weight illustration Weight illustration
Over 350 lbs
Bike Capacity Two bikes to illustrate capacity of Class I hitch bike rack Four bikes to illustrate capacity of Class II hitch bike rack Five bikes to illustrate capacity of Class III hitch bike rack




Special Features

Many bike racks have features that make it more convenient, easier to use, and more secure. They may tilt or swing out of the way to allow you to gain access to the rear of your vehicle. They may have built-in locks to keep your rack and bikes secure. Many have anti-rattle devices that prevent the rack from rattling inside the hitch.


Swing-Away Bike Rack Swing away bike rack with bike loaded and vehicle hatch open

Swing-Away Hanging-Style Bike Racks



Tilting Bike Rack Tilt away bike rack on vehicle, no bike, tilted down, hatch open

Tilting Hanging-Style Bike Racks



Parallelogram Bike Rack Parallelogram tilting bike rack, installed, in lowered position, with bikes

Parallelogram Hanging-Style Bike Racks



Platform bike rack with arms folded down for access to rear of vehicle Platform bike rack installed, mast folded down, vehicle hatch open

Folding Arms on Platform-Style Racks



Platform hitch-mounted bicycle rack folded up Platform hitch-mounted bicycle rack installed on vehicle, folded up

Fold-Up Platform-Style Racks



Tilt-away hitch-mounted bicycle rack in tilted-down position Platform hitch-mounted bicycle rack tilted with bikes for access to rear of vehicle

Tilting Platform-Style Racks



Levers, Pins, and Clips

Pin and Clip Used to Operate Folding Arms Switch Used to Operate Tilting Feature

Bike rack parts that fold are usually held in place by a pin and clip or an internal mechanism that is released by a lever. The lever style is easier to use than a pin and clip, but is usually found on more expensive racks.



Anti-Rattle Devices

Knob Used to Tighten Anti-Rattle Device

Anti-rattle devices eliminate rattling and jostling of the rack in the hitch during transport.


Anti-Rattle Hitch Bolt and Pin

Does the bike rack offer an integrated locking system?

Intergrated Cable Lock

Lockable Cradle

Bike Rack Hitch Lock

Updated by: Raymond P.

Last updated: 6/27/18





Questions and Comments about this Article

Ted S.

I have a 2018 Jayco Redhawk motor home. 22 J . It has a 2"by2" Reese hitch. I want to use my Thule Pro Bike Rack- Made to carry two 60 lb or less ebikes as well as tow a lightweight aluminium kayak trailer. I have looked at your RM 077-8 Dual Hitch Adapter as well as the video. How do I determine the Rise ? The picture shows an 8 " rise. I would prefer a lower rise for the bike rack as I have to lift the ebike on to this rack. When I viewed the video it showed lower rise available. Any suggestions appreciated. I have the correct hitch to tow the trailer with a 2 " drop. 81957

Reply from Chris R.

We do have a selection of multi-purpose adapters that will work for this application, however those Roadmaster units actually aren't rated for towing a trailer (only for flat towing a vehicle). The MaxxTow # MT70070 is a good option. It features a 6-1/4" rise on the top receive. If that's still too much I recommend the Curt # D210 , which actually features a ball mount platform built in. 67337

Ken Z.

I have a Hollywood Sports Rider SE2 (HR 1450Z-E) bike rack. Will it work with / fit in a Draw-Tite 76184 Trailer Hitch on a 2020 Buick Enclave? My concern is the distance that the rack has to slide into the receiver. My measurement is 4 3/4 inches that would need to slide into the hitch receiver. Can you tell me if the receiver can accommodate that? Thanks in advance for your help. 81808

Reply from Chris R.

The receiver on the Draw-Tite # 76184 does provide enough depth for the shank of the Hollywood Racks Sport Rider # HR1450Z-E . 66997

Dd. S.

I own a 2010 Madza 6. Which type bike rack and hitch should I purchase for this car? The bike is a 26" Cranbrook Cruise. A response to this e-mail is appreciated. 81441

Reply from Chris R.

For the hitch I recommend the Curt # C11359 , which will fit your Mazda 6 perfectly. Then for the bike rack itself I really like the Rhino-Rack # HR34FR , which features adjustable clamps that you'll be able to attach to the frame of your Cranbrook Cruise without issue. 66996

Lee S.

Hi! I own a 2016 Subaru crosstrek and I am looking for the correct hitch and bike frame to carry 2-4 bikes. Can someone please help that has a crosstrek? 81046

Reply from Chris R.

I don't have a Crosstrek but I can certainly help. For just the hitch the etrailer # e98838 will work perfectly - it allows for a simple bolt-on install and features more than enough capacity for a loaded 4-bike rack. We have quite a few 4-bike racks that will work really well on your Crosstrek and I've linked them all below. I particularly like the Thule Apex XT # TH9025XT because of its uniquely large cradles spacing that helps a lot with loading. 66706

Junior

looking for answers. i own a 2018 Forester. Looking for expertise on what hitch and bike rack i should be getting. i'm very new to this. I'll only need to hold 3 bikes at most. 78612

Reply from Chris R.

I can definitely help! Starting with the hitch I recommend the etrailer # e98839 , which features a nice matte black finish and more than enough capacity. I linked an install video below. For a bike rack to use with it on your Forester I really like the Thule Helium Pro # TH9043PRO . It features excellent cradle spacing for easy loading and locks are included to secure everything into place. 63800

Jennifer

I have a 2002 Jeep Renegade with spare tire on back (approx. 13" from pin hole to extend past spare), 2" hitch, and am looking for a cost effective way to carry 2-3 adult bikes. Not sure what style works best, or would accommodate the spare tire. 77963

Reply from Chris R.

A hanging style rack is your best bet to get this type of clearance. The Thule Hitching Post Pro # TH934XTR is a great option that can handle up to 4 bikes at 35 pounds each and features a generous distance of 13-1/2" from the center of the hitch pin hole to the vertical upright. 63416

Lauren

I own a 2019 Alfa Romeo stelvio. I want to install a bumper hitch for a bike rack. Are you able to recommend a hutch. I do not want to install under the carriage of the venicle 77894

Reply from Chris R.

The Draw-Tite # 76199 will work perfectly on your Alfa Romeo Stelvio, as long as it's not the Quadrifoglio model. This will bolt onto the frame rails beneath the vehicle - I'm not quite sure what you mean but not wanting to install the hitch under the carriage. There isn't anything available that's confirmed to mount to just the bumper itself on your vehicle. 63415

Nina J.

I have a 2003 Jeep Liberty Renegade with spare tire on the back. I measured from center pin to the edge of the spare tire and it was 13". I am wondering which platform hitch bike racks would work? Thank you. 77465

Reply from Chris R.

I recommend taking a look at the Yakima TwoTimer Rack # Y02468 , which features a generous distance of 17" from the hitch pin hole to the nearest wheel cradle - allowing enough space for your rear tire when mounted. You likely won't be able to fold it up for storage, but it's one of the very few platform racks that will work for your application. 62891

Kim G.

I have a 2014 VW Jetta hatchback and I am looking for a bike rack and hitch that would support a 65 lb fat tire electric bike What would you recommend? Thanks 76931

Reply from Chris R.

Starting with the hitch, the Draw-Tite Class I # 24866 will work perfectly on your VW Jetta SportWagen. If you have just the one bike, I really like the Thule T1 # TH9041 , which has a 65 pound weight capacity and can secure up to 5" wide tires. 62694

Reply from Kim G.

@ChrisR ok great thanks The tires are 4” wide so it’s been a problem to find a rack Thank you I will look at them now!!! 62742

Leah G.

I have a 2008 Equinox and 4 bikes I want to transport. I'm planning to install a class III hitch mount. Our bikes are Electra Townies- step-thru type with 2'' balloon tires and fenders. How wonky would it be to get top tube adapters and use a hanging style rack? It seems like the bikes would be pretty far from level unless we pull the seats out pretty far, which seems....sketchy?? I'm looking for the most cost-effective solution. Is there an inexpensive-ish platform style frame-grabber rack that could utilize a top tube adapter? 76184

Reply from Chris R.

I think you're really smart to think this through with your bike styles in mind. I know exactly what you mean by using adapter bars with the Electra Townies with a hanging-style rack. Wonky is a pretty good description of how they would look, but it would be safe and stable - you would likely have to extend the seat posts like you mentioned. If you go this route, I think the Thule Camber # TH9056 is your best option because it offers uniquely roomy cradle/bike spacing. A platform rack would definitely cut down on the wonkiness factor but will be a bit higher priced. A really nice, wallet-friendly option though is the Hollywood Racks # HR4000 , which actually wouldn't need adapter bars because of the adjustability on the attachment clamps. I like this solution a lot for you. 62195

Jeffrey M.

Will an adjustable Swagman XC S64650 fit a 2007 Saturn Vue and a 2018 Volkswagon Golf TS1. We have a TREX Zektor3 bike and a Cypress GIANT bike 76142

Reply from Chris R.

Yes, the Swwagman XC 2-Bike Rack # S64650 will fit both your Saturn Vue and VW Golf, along with both your TREX and Cypress bikes. 62194

Ron R.

Question: We have a 2017 equinox that came with a 1 1/4 in trailer hitch. I’m not sure what the class is, but a sticker on it says max tongue weight 400# and max trailer weight 3,500 #. So looking at your chart it looks like it would be classified as Il?We’re thinking of purchasing a rack for two bikes and I want to make sure it fits ok.Also, the hole for the pin is about 2 inches from the end. Is that standard?Thanks for any info you can give me on this and if you have any recommendations for a rack for 2 bikes I’d appreciate it. 74301

Reply from Chris R.

Based on those capacities you definitely have a Class II hitch on the Equinox. The hitch pin hole location you mentioned is standard and won't cause any issues. I really like the Kuat Transfer # TS02G , which holds the bikes by their wheels without any frame contact, tilts away from the vehicle for rear cargo access, and just looks awfully nice. I linked a video below of it being used on the '18 Equinox that you can take a look at. 60445

Fred S.

I have a 2019 Honda CRV. What is a good bike rack for a trailer hitch- 2 bike ? 73382

Reply from Chris R.

The BEST rack for you could depend on your specific bike styles and weights, but I really like the Kuat Transfer 2 # TS02G (Silver) or # TS02B (Black). It works great on your CRV (see linked video below) and it features a nice wheel mounting design that allows for easy loading and zero contact on the actual bike frames. 59902

Steven T.

I have 2013 hyundai elantra 4 door gls and 2019 radrover stepthru ebike. radpower bikes recommends hollywood ebike rack with 2 hitch. what do you recommend for hitch AND rack 1 or 2 fat tire bikes. 72486

Reply from Chris R.

The Curt Class I Hitch # C11303 will work great on your Elantra sedan. There isn't a 2" hitch available for your vehicle so you'll need to use rack that's rated for smaller 1-1/4" Class I receivers. The best option we have available is the Thule EasyFold # TH903202 with the Fat Tire Straps # TH985101 . This can handle two bikes of up to 65 pounds each - it looks like your RadRover is pretty heavy so make sure it doesn't exceed this capacity. This is the highest rated carrier we have that will work with its step-thru frame. 59343

Douglas V.

I have a 2011 Honda accord and I need a hitch that will carry a 350# wheelchair.It would need to be installed by a professional installer as Im handicapped and unable to do it myself.The chair will ride on a carrier with a ramp and approximately 200#Any info you can give will be appreciated. 71950

Reply from Chris R.

I really wish there was a good solution for this, but unfortunately your Accord just isn't capable of supporting this kind of weight. I know it's probably not a feasible option, but the only way to do it with your current vehicle would be to pull the wheelchair on a small trailer. Otherwise, with a heavier wheelchair like this, a larger van - into which you could actually load the chair- would be the ideal setup. 58949

Angela S.

I have 2017 for explorer. I watched video of the Thule that the bikes hang from. However I have a step through frame and a girls frame and a guys frame. Do I use that rack or one the tires sit in. And which model is one that tired sit in for me. Thank you. Will be buying just need advice 71738

Reply from Chris R.

A hanging-style rack can be used with unique bike frames, but you'll need to add an an adapter bar like # UB01 for each bike that fits the bill. This will provide the needed horizontal attachment point for the rack. If you don't want to mess with those (they aren't the most fun thing to use) then a platform-style carrier, where the bikes are supported by the wheels, is definitely your best option. It will make for easier loading too. 58754

Daniel S.

Any recommendations for bicycle covers for platform rack with two fatbikes- what about rear car lights ,brake, turn signal and reverse 70884

Reply from Chris R.

Unfortunately, we don't currently have any bike rack covers available that are suitable for passenger vehicles. If you wanted to add signal lights though you could potentially use something like the Light Kit # 98174LED with the Bracket # BK70BB . The light assemblies use a 4-Way connector that you could plug into the rear of your vehicle (if it's equipped with a 4-Way....if not just let me know). 57898



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