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How to choose a bike rack

To safely and confidently transport bicycles, you need a bike rack that works for you and for your vehicle. 

Types

Hanging two-arm hitch bike racks

Hanging two-arm hitch racks

These are designed to carry and secure the bike using the frame. They do require a hitch receiver attached to your vehicle. 
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Single mast hitch bike racks

Single mast hitch racks

These are designed to carry and secure the bike using the frame and they also require a hitch receiver attached to your vehicle. 
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Hitch racks with wheel trays

Hitch racks with wheel trays

These racks support the entire weight of the bikes for added stability during travel. They require a hitch receiver attached to your vehicle. 
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Roof carriers

Roof carriers

Roof carriers are available in two styles – wheel on or wheel off. The benefit of roof carriers is that they do not obstruct any visibility during your drive. Rooftop carriers require a roof rack with cross bars installed on your vehicle. Make sure to choose a system that’s compatible with your vehicle by consulting the vehicle selector tool on the product page.
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Universal trunk mounted racks

Universal trunk mounted racks

These racks are anchored on to the body of your vehicle with a strap system. If you do not want to add extra equipment to your vehicle, this might be your best option. 
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Quantity

Hitch bike racks can handle up up to five bikes.

Lots of bikes

Hitch racks will take the most weight, with some holding up to five bikes, making them a great option for an entire family. Just check the capacity — or tongue weight — of your hitch in advance.
Universal trunk-mounted bike racks can hold up to three bikes.

A few bikes

Universal trunk mounted racks can generally hold up to three bikes.
Roof bike racks are made for one bike.

One or two bikes

Roof racks are made to hold one bike at a time, although you can install two of them, doubling your capacity.

Features

Anti-sway keeps your bike stable during transit.

Anti-sway

For racks that suspend bikes like a hitch or trunk-mounted rack, look for an anti-sway feature, which helps for added stability during transit.
Bike racks with locks help keep your bikes safe from theft.

Locks

For added protection, some hitch and roof racks come with built-in locks. So you can comfortably leave your car with your bikes mounted during the journey. 
Swing-away lets you access your trunk with a loaded bike rack.

Swing-away

To access your trunk with your bike rack fully loaded, look for a hitch rack with a swing-away feature.
Tilt-away lets you access your trunk with an unloaded bike rack.

Tilt-away

A tilt-away feature allows you to leave a hitch-mounted rack attached to your vehicle, but still gives you access to your trunk when there are no bikes on the rack.

Types

Quantity

Features