What Type of Bike Rack Do I Need?
Many bicyclists prefer hitch-mounted racks because they are both strong and close to the ground, making loading and unloading bikes easier. A hitch rack is attached to a trailer hitch by sliding it into the receiver. A class 3 trailer hitch may normally be put on a vehicle that didn't come with one, but this is an extra step and cost to consider.
You need to transport your bikes on a car rack, but your vehicle lacks a hitch? Trunk bike racks come to the rescue! A trunk-mounted bike rack is designed to attach to the back of a vehicle using a strap system, making it possible to use a car rack for almost any car – no hitch required. Bike racks for car trunks are typically less expensive than other types of bicycle racks, which is a huge benefit for families looking to hit the trails on a budget.
What Style of Bike Rack Do I Need?
Platform-style bike racks: Bikes are fastened on trays, which reduce the risk of bike-to-bike collision when transporting. They're pricier than hanging racks, but they can accommodate a wide range of bike sizes and shapes.
Hanging bike racks: These racks have a mast with arms that support bikes by the frame. A hanging bike rack is smaller and less expensive than platform racks, but they don't accommodate as many different bike shapes and sizes (including some children's bikes) as platform racks do.