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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. 

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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 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

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 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

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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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.

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A few bikes

Universal trunk mounted racks can generally hold up to three bikes.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Swing-away

To access your trunk with your bike rack fully loaded, look for a hitch rack with a swing-away feature.

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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.

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