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What Is The Difference Between Hanging And Platform Bike Racks

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Hi- I have a 2022 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid on the way with the original manufacturer installed Toyota hitch. What bike rack would you recommend for 4 bikes—currently 2 adult and 2 kids size bikes? What would be the best options for hanging vs platform style?

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The difference between a hanging bike rack like # TH934XTR and a platform rack like # HR1400Z, is that platform racks are easier to load, hold bikes more securely, and some don't touch the frame which means it won't interfere with the bike frame paint. Additionally, platform racks are usually heavier than hanging racks, but there are some options available that aren't as heavy.

I recommend using a platform rack like # HR1400Z which can hold up to 4 bikes weighing 50-lbs per bike, and the front rack can be easily removed to, converting this rack to a two bike rack if needed.

You'll also need the Kids Bike Wheel Hoop Adapters # HRSW-ADP-2, so you can safely fit and transport the two kids sized bikes you mention.

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