What Should I Look for In A Hitch Bike Rack

What Should I Look for In A Hitch Bike Rack?

With a wide range from $100 to $600 for a bike rack, it’s hard to pick a well suitable bike rack for your car and bikes along with variable types and features of the rack in the market. If the hitch and roof rack will be attached half permanently or permanently to the car, you will have more options with the more compatible trunk rack.

And if you prefer a hitch bike rack for your bikes that give you more space to carry the bikes as well as being able to come through with more clearance. It’s time to go further in detail on how to pick a good best hitch bike rack.

What Factors Affect Bikers When Buying A Hitch Bike Rack?

The Allen Sports Deluxe Hitch Bike Rack
The Allen Sports Deluxe Hitch Bike Rack

Before I give you some of the top best hitch bike racks to consider about, just make sure you have in hands the answers for these aspects:

  • Kinds of hitch mount bike racks
  • Number and types of bikes you carry on.
  • The hitch sizes

Kinds of Hitch Mount Bike Racks

As you may know, the hitch mount rack could be a good choice that a lot of bikes would prefer due to its capacity, security, and the universal features towards most of the clearance that the roof rack could have.

But there are 2 styles of hitch mount bike racks to choose from:

Hanging Style: As the name has called out how it works, you will hang your bike on the rack to secure it. There are pros and cons to this option. The advantages are lightweight, easy to set up and cheap too compared with other styles. However, if you are a careful person, you don’t want to see some of the scratches on the bikes or your car since the bikes are not held tightly especially when in the ride or different topographic.

The Platform Style: Yes, your bike will be held by a platform attached to the car. In a comparison with all the types of bike racks, this platform hitch bike rack is the most secure option to carry your bikes. If there are any cons on this type of bike rack, I would say the weight and the bulky look it brings the users. It’s also much expensive to an easy to lose racks, so the choice is belonging to you eventually.

Number and Types Of Bikes You Carry On

The Thule T2 Pro XT Hitch Bike Rack
The Thule T2 Pro XT Hitch Bike Rack

Depending on the number of bikes, you can either choose the hanging bike rack or platform bike rack.

While most hanging bike racks (including the dual-arm or single-arm bike rack) hold your bike frames, you may prefer to hold one bike only to make sure the capacity, as well as the top tube, is held tightly. Another kind of hanging bike racks called wheel-only mount racks is designed to fit with a different kind of frame since it holds the wheels instead.

What kind of bikes are good for the hanging bike racks? I would recommend you choose the hanging mount rack for the road bike, hybrid bike, or sometimes the mountain bike due to the standard frame feature. The wheel – only racks might be suitable for a cruiser bike.

With the Platform bike rack, you surely have more spaces to hold your bikes with a maximum of 3 bikes at a time. Either it’s a frame clamp style or wheel clamp style, they will be able to fit most types of bikes in the market. But be sure you check the size of the bike’s wheels before you purchase for a wheel clamp style bike rack.

Hitch sizes

As I mentioned above, you need to buy a hitch mount bike rack that fits your bikes. So how to check? You can easily find the information tag of the size and weight of the racks on the products or the description, so let’s go for a little detail.

The most important detail that you would need to consider is the capacity of your hitch. As the crucial feature helps secure the bikes while transferring, you should first look at how much weight the hitch should carry without any loss. With a wide range, you can find the tongue weight capacity from 200 lbs to 450 lbs depending on the different types of the hitch.

If your bike’s hitch is 2×2 inches, it would be easy to fit with any particular hitch in the market. But if your hitch is smaller which is 1.25×1.25 inches, you have to consider the Class of the hitch bike rack. Fortunately, most of the manufacturers pick to make most hitches fit the Class I, so you don’t have to worry about this detail.

Some Recommendation for A Hitch Mount Bike Rack

Thule T2 Pro XT

Thule T2 Pro XT

This should be one of my favorite platform bike racks due to capacity and convenience. With 2 bikes and 60 lbs of capacity, the frame of carbon and sturdy hitch platform won’t disappoint you with the quality. The prices may be a little higher than others, but it’s worth the money for your bike security.

Kuat Transfer 2

Kuat Transfer 2

This mid-range bike rack is also a platform hitch bike rack for one bike. The attachment system is similar to the Thule T2 that prevents the bike from scratching to the car. With 37 lbs of weight, it’s a good option for riders who prefer the convenience in setting up.

Yakima RidgeBack 4

Yakima RidgeBack 4

Another famous brand in the top hanging hitch bike rack you want to jog down – the Yakima RidgeBack 4. This rack can give you a maximum of 4 bikes hanging which is great for family options. With a great cradle system, it will secure your bikes to the rack. And the price of $350 will be the best deal for a hanging hitch bike rack.


The Kuat Transfer 2 Hitch Bike Rack
The Kuat Transfer 2 Hitch Bike Rack

Well, you may see it’s harder to go outside due to the pandemic outbreak of Covid19 recently, but it doesn’t mean you are not able to go for a picnic or sight-seeing with family at. Choosing other options to enjoy life would be great for the new normal life. Target the trips, get your bikes carrying a suitable bike rack, and let’s go for a trip would be the best choices these days!