5 Best Hitch Bike Rack

If you are rider and want to carry your bike with you when going to your country house, then you have probably thought of buying a bike rack. The right car rack will help you free space in your car and make moving your bike so much easier. Though there are different bike rack options in the market, hitch racks are so popular. Hitch racks are easier to load and unload bikes and are great for regular use. A hitch bike rack attaches to the car in a hitch mounted armored that lugs around the bike. Generally, this are usually strong devices that can carry from one to four bicycles. Hitch bike racks are a great way to transport your bicycles to far distances where you need them to be. These racks come with lots of benefits, one of them being safe and excellent carrying capacities.

Hitch racks styles

If you are thinking that a hitch bike rack is the best option for you, you first need to learn the difference between the hitch options that are available.
There are two popular styles; the arm support and the tray style mounts.

Arm Support Style Hitch Mounts

Arm support styles secure the bike by positioning the top tube of the frame over the racks arms and then fastening it with clamps and straps.
There are those models that will swing out easily when loading and unloading while at the same time keeping the bikes and bike racks mounted. The shortcoming of the arm style is that if you are trying to remove one bike on a rack with several bikes, you may have to remove other bikes that are further from the car first.

Tray Style Hitch Mounts

In this style, your bike is supported from the bottom. The wheels are set in the groves or rings and it holds the bike in position by clamps over the top of the wheels or going via the bottom of the wheels. This style of hitch rack is common because it holds any bike style despite the frame geometry. The other reason that makes it popular is that apart from touching the wheels or tires, there’s minimal contact on the bike itself. Furthermore, with a tray style, you can unload the bike that’s closer to the car without first removing the others.
Here’s a look at the top hitch bike racks on the market for cars.

Pro-Series 63124 Eclipse Bike Carrier

Pro-Series 63124 Eclipse Black 2-Inch Sq. 4 Bike Carrier
One great feature in the Pro-Series 63124 Eclipse Black is a rear reflector that improves safety both at night and during the day. The rack is designed such that it can fit 2-inch receivers. Hook and loop straps will ensure loading and unloading the bike is easy, even if you are carrying four bikes. A handy tilt feature enables a quick trunk access and also helps in unloading the bikes. The soft rubber protects the finish of your bike.
Pros
• Hook and loop straps are conveniently positioned
• Fits 2-inch receivers
• Rear reflector
Cons
• Loosening mounting rack pin is quite a challenge
• The threaded bolts limits the choice of standard lock one can buy
• Difficult to fit small bikes
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Allen Sports Deluxe 4-Bike Hitch Mount Rack

Allen Sports Deluxe 4-Bike Hitch Mount Ra
This bike carrier is hitch mounted and also suspended. Nothing comes closer to the stability and durability of this bike rack. One can carry up to 4 bikes at a time from the strong grips. Due to the size and weight involved, the hitch receiver fits 2 inch models. If you intent to fill all the four bike carrying spaces, then you will need to confirm that your bike weight is not too much for your weight class. A lot of reviewers are impressed with the long carry arms, which aid in individually securing your bike. Allen sport has extra features such as the tie down cradles and quick setting straps to secure, protect and lower wobbling while your bikes are strapped in. The rack is constructed using strong steel with a sleek and a black coat powder finish to give it a stylish look. When the rack is not being used, the folding carry arms will drop out of the way. Though a little bit pricier, this is the perfect model for the family that loves to ride together.
Pros
• Extra-long carry arms
• Strong tie-down system.
Cons
• Bike cradles are small
• Can be difficult to replace the pin after the rack is lowered.
• Snug fit with several full-sized bikes
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Thule 2 Bike Platform Hitch Rack

Thule 2 Bike Platform Hitch Rack
If your bikes wheels are 20-29 inches in diameter with 3-inch wide tires, then the Thule 2 Bike Platform is the ideal rack for you. The reinforced tray improves the strength and durability, in addition to a rust free protection for your bike. The adjustable wheel strap easily fastens back wheel to the tray. Although it’s meant to carry two bikes at once, one can upgrade this rack to fit 4 bikes each time. If you want to tilt the carrier away from the car, use the conveniently located hitch switch lever.
Pros
• Fits up to 4 bikes
• Easily tilts away from vehicle
• Provides rust free protection.
Cons
• The platform bolts may loosen over prolonged use
• Requires particular tools for mounting and removing the rack from vehicle.
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Kuat 2 Bike NV Rack

Kuat 2 Bike NV Rack
This is a premium rack that is highly durable. The Kuat 2 Bike NV Rack will securely hold your bikes up to your destinations. The rack is designed to hold your bike’s in place and prevent any damages to them while moving them.
In regards to its compatibility with the receiver, there are different options available. This means you can make it compatible with a 1.25 inch receiver or a 2 inch receiver. A hand tightened cam system easily locks the rack into the receiver with a wedge for a firm fit.
Küat has integrated a quick release lever in the titling mechanism of the lever that lets the lever to be stored in different positions. It can be stored upright, down flat for use and titled down for ease of access for rear vehicles without having to remove bolts from the rack. The Trail Doc is an easy to adjust repair stand.
It’s also easy to install this hitch rack since no prior experience is needed. Assembly is quick and straight forward and it’s clearly illustrated in their instruction manual.
Overall, this is an excellent bike that is perfect for long distance travel and though it may be expensive, you will get nothing but the best.
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Swagman XC Cross-Country 2-Bike Hitch Mount Rack

Swagman XC Cross-Country 2-Bike Hitch Mount Rack
With this rack, you can carry two bikes at the same time. It fits 1 1/4 and 2-inch receivers. The alterable quick release tire hoops can hold a wide range of bikes. If you hate spending so much time setting up complicated bike racks, then you will definitely love how quick this is to assemble and get on the road. The frame grips have a soft-frame coating that helps you keep the finish of your bike away from scratches and blemishes.
Pros

• Can carry two bikes at the same time
• Fast to assemble
Cons
• The screw-in pin is difficult to remove
• The ratcheting top clamps can hurt your fingers
• Adapter is made from weak plastic
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There are so many hitch bike racks available on the market but the above are the best. Buying a bike rack opens up an entire style of life for anyone. With a bike rack, you will be able to carry your bike to any location you please. This freedom will enable you to hit trails, cities and paths you never thought you would. However, before buying a hitch bike rack, be sure to do enough research on what will work for you.

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