The Ultimate Hitch Size Guide for Your Bike Rack
Choosing and installing a Hitch Bike Rack
Every cyclist can agree on one thing: life would be so much easier if only we could magically bring our bikes wherever we need to. And while that isn’t the case (sorry to break it to you), we want to make transporting bikes as simple and straightforward as we can for you. Having a hitch bike rack is a great solution since they’re the most secure, easiest for loading and unloading your bikes, and you also don’t have to worry about knocking your bike off of the roof when you’re pulling into a garage (oops). And for biking families, they’re even more ideal since they can fit several bikes at the same time and some even have space for accessories. Once you’ve installed the hitch bike rack, you just have to secure your bike; making a quick day trip to the mountains too easy to turn down.
Start this process by measuring the size of the hitch on your car (the width of the receiver opening). There are four different sizes, so yours will either be 1 ¼”, 2”, 2 ½”, or 3”. The two most common hitch sizes are 1 ¼” and 2”. Although some newer vehicles use a 2.5” which we have an adapter for.
Another important thing is to note the class of your hitch. The class is based upon how the hitch is manufactured and attached to your vehicle. Here’s a quick guide about the different hitch classes.
Hitch Bike Rack Comparison
The next step is the fun part: you get to shop for the bike rack that best suits your needs, whether you’re looking to travel with two fat-tire bikes or you’re taking a four-person biking trip soon. Each bike rack works with one corresponding hitch size, but we’ve listed that for you so you don’t have to do too much digging.
Choosing Your Bike Rack
Road and Mountain Bikes
Bikes with standard frames generally work well with any type of rack that mounts to the hitch, whether you’re looking for hanging or platform. The best way to pick is to first decide how many bikes you want to carry and how you want the bikes to attach to the rack. Each rack has different benefits that may be better for your situation.
Step-through Frames and Kids Bikes
Ladies and kids bikes commonly use a step-through style frame. When attaching one of these bikes to a rack, it is often necessary to use a bike adapter bar.
Carbon Fiber Bikes
With a carbon fiber bike frame, it is best to avoid making actual contact with the frame when transporting your bikes. Our TRS racks are best for these types of bikes.
Hanging racks versus platform racks
It can be tough to decide between a hanging rack or a platform rack if both options work for your bike, so here are some of the top features and notes to keep in mind between the two.
Hanging bike racks:
- Weigh less than platform racks
- Generally cost less
- They do come in contact with the frame
Platform Bike Racks:
- Easier to unload and load
- Heavier carrying capacity
- Increased space between bikes
Now that your car is ready to bring your bike on any adventure you can dream of, make sure you follow us on Facebook and Instagram and sign up for our newsletter for more biking tips, inspiration, and trip ideas. You can also check out our Fit Guide to find the ideal bike rack for your vehicle.
Upcoming Bikes and Beers Events in 2019
Summer is best when paired with two of our favorite things: bikes and brews, which is why the national Bikes & Beers events that we sponsor are so great. Each biking event lets you choose between a 15-mile and a 30-mile bike ride, which you get to enjoy with all of your fellow cycling beer-enthusiasts. After your ride (which has pitstops for snacks along the way), you’ll make your way back to the hosting brewery where you get to enjoy your well-deserved two free beers. But that’s not where things end. While you’re sipping, the breweries will also have live music, food, and a raffle where you can win anything from a Hollywood Racks bike rack to a new bike.
You’ll get a free raffle ticket just for biking your heart out and enjoying a great summertime cycle. If you want to buy more tickets, you can feel good knowing that the proceeds benefit different local cycling charities that set out to improve laws, infrastructure, and policies in your city. Make sure you register soon, we don’t want you to miss out!
Here are all of the upcoming biking events from Bikes & Beers!
This is the third year that Chico is hosting the event, and it’s going to be bigger than ever. Before you take off on your ride, you’ll get to enjoy free High Brew coffee and pastries so you’re ready to cruise.
Of course, the bike ride around San Diego is the main highlight of this event, but once you’re done, the food trucks will be a welcomed treat. Well, that and the two beers.
This is our first foray into Maine, and we are as excited as ever! You’ll get to see the beautiful coastal town of Freeport on your ride and then settle in for a live band when it’s all done.
If you’ve been waiting patiently for us to finally make our way to Maryland, your wish is our command! Checking out Jailbreak’s fantastic space is one thing, but doing it after a great bike ride is an experience you don’t want to miss.
Kalamazoo Bell’s August 24, 2019
Sure you could crack open a Two Hearted Ale while relaxing on your patio, but that’s nowhere close to the experience you’ll have enjoying it alongside all of the other bikers at Kalamazoo’s third annual event. Sweat, sip, and be merry.
We’re so glad that the state of New Hampshire is welcoming us for the first time, and we are sure it won’t be the last. With live music, food trucks, and that coveted new bike ready to be won by one lucky attendee, you can’t miss out.
Mills River Sierra Nevada September 28, 2019
We had the best time at the Sierra Nevada brewery last year, so we just had to make our way back this year. Not only do you get to enjoy cruising around Mills River and two refreshing brews after you’re done, the proceeds go to Conserving Carolina, so you can feel even better about your day.
Cincinnati Rhinegeist Brewery September 14, 2019
Everyone who’s been to Rhinegeist Brewery knows that they have the best beers, so if you weren’t already convinced to take on a quick 30-mile bike ride, you better be now. You even get to take home a pint glass with our logo, so you’ll always remember Cincinnati’s first annual Bikes & Beers event.
Columbus Brewdog October 5, 2019
If biking in the glaring sun isn’t your cup of tea, this October event (hello, autumn breeze!) was made for you. You’ll find plenty of bikers who love beer just as much as you, but make sure you also bring your friends for the ultimate fall day out!
Parkesburg Victory Brewing Company July 13, 2019
If 30 miles wasn’t quite enough to wet your whistle, don’t you even fret — we added a 45-mile route to this event! The charity of the day is the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, so you can cruise easily knowing you’re helping bikers just like you.
Philadelphia Yards Brewing Company October 12, 2019
This has been one of our longest-running events, and we’re coming back for our sixth year! If you’ve been wanting to explore Yards Brewing Company, you might as well go on a 15-, 30-, or 45-mile ride first.
Columbia Doko Meadows Park October 26, 2019
You lucky South Carolinians don’t even know how good you have it — this even features three different breweries all coming together for the best fall party! Take a refreshing 15- or 30-mile ride and then settle in for the rest of the day.
Nashville Yazoo Brewery August 3, 2019
Thanks for the warm welcome, Nashville! Our first annual ride at Yazoo Brewery is definitely one you don’t want to miss out on. And with the event supporting Walk Bike Nashville, you might as well stock up on those raffle tickets.
Richmond Stone Brewing Co. October 19, 2019
Featuring free High Brew coffee and pastries to start your day, snack pit stops during your ride, and beers and food trucks at the end, you’ll be feeling fresh all day long. Plus, you get to take home that sweet pint glass and Bikes & Beers koozie, so what are you waiting for?
Which breweries and rides are you most excited about? We want to hear what you think! Find us on Facebook and Instagram, and then get more summer biking tips and inspiration by signing up for our newsletter. For these summer bike adventures and more, make sure your car is fully outfitted and ready to take on the challenge with one of our favorite bike racks.
How to Get Your Bike Summer Ready
After a long, dreary winter, we’re all on the same page: the second the sun comes out, it’s time to get back to outdoor adventuring. Whether you kept trekking all winter or you’re pulling your wheels out of storage for the first time in months, now is a great time to make sure your bike is ready for safe and comfortable rides all summer long. It might feel like an overwhelming task, but we’ve compiled the main checkpoints to ensure your bike is ready for summer!
Clean things up
First things first, it’s time to shine her up! This is best done with soft brushes, rags, and a bucket of soapy water — using a hose can force water into spots where it can end up causing damage. Scrub down your bike from top to bottom, making sure you get rid of all of the built-up dirt, dust, and salt. Once everything is looking good, take a look around for any rust. This is the easiest time to spot rusted chains and bolts so you can get them replaced before you start cruising.
Lube the chain
After brushing off the chain (you can use an old toothbrush for this), it’s time to add some lubricant to keep things riding smoothly. After relubricating the chain, make sure you wipe off all of the excess lubricant, as too much can actually lead to your chain collecting dirt faster.
Check all cables and brakes
In terms of safe riding, this is one of the most important steps. Test out your brakes to ensure they engage evenly and without any hiccups. And since everything is clean, this is also the best time to examine all of the cables for knicks or frays, as well as make sure they aren’t stretched. If you find any issues, replace the cables or brake pads right away.
Pump your tires
After long months of extreme temperature fluctuation, your tires are probably in rough shape. Make sure that you pump them up to keep you cruising easily and to make sure you don’t damage the wheels.
Test your gears
Make sure that all of the gears are in good shape by taking a quick spin around your block, shifting through each gear to see that they don’t skip.
Transitioning between seasons is a great time to take your bike in for a full tune-up. If you don’t have a go-to bike shop, here are some great spots near you. Then you can skip all of the above steps, and all you need to do is load your bike up on your Hollywood Bike Racks and you’ll be cruising in the sun no time.
Now that your bike is ready for summer cruising, make sure you follow us on Facebook and Instagram and sign up for our newsletter for more biking tips, inspiration, and trip ideas. For all of your summer bike adventures, make sure your car is fully outfitted and ready to take on the challenge with one of our favorite bike racks. Check out our Fit Guide to find the ideal bike rack for your vehicle.
New bike racks to be introduced in New Orleans, LAAbout 500 new bike racks to be introduced around the city City authorities say the bike racks will take three months to introduce and might be on the walkways or non-parking regions so as not to take up any parking spots.
the historical backdrop of bicycle racksThis post is about the historical backdrop of bicycle racks, or bike remains, for the parking of bicycles. For edges to connect bicycle panniers to a bicycle, see Luggage carrier. For racks to carry bikes outwardly of engine vehicles, see Bicycle carrier.
A bicycle parking rack, generally abbreviated to bike rack and furthermore called a bicycle stand, is a gadget to which bicycles can be safely appended for parking purposes.
A bike rack might be unattached or it might be safely appended to the ground or some stationary question, for example, a building. Indoor bike racks are generally utilized for private bicycle parking, while open air bike racks are frequently utilized as a part of business zones. General styles of racks incorporate the Inverted U, Serpentine, Bollard, Grid, and Decorative. The best and secure bike racks are those that can secure the two haggles casing of the bicycle, utilizing a bicycle bolt.
Bike racks can be built from various distinctive materials. Solidness, climate opposition, appearance, and usefulness are critical factors of the material of the bike rack. Development materials incorporate treated steel, steel, reused plastic, or thermoplastic. Every material has focal points and inconveniences, and each is exceptional in appearance from the others.
The perceivability of the bike rack, satisfactory separating from car parking and person on foot activity, climate scope, and closeness to goals are exceedingly critical elements deciding value of a bicycle rack. These components will help expand utilization of the bike rack, and guarantee cyclists their bike is safely parked.
Bike Rack History
Early models tend to offer a methods for securing one wheel: these can be a scored bit of cement in the ground, a forked bit of metal into which a wheel of the bicycle is pushed, or a flat "stepping stool" giving positions to the front wheel of numerous bicycles. These are not exceptionally successful, since a hoodlum require just separate the wheel being referred to from the bicycle to free whatever remains of the bicycle. They likewise don't offer much help, and a column of bicycles in this kind of stand are powerless to all being toppled in a domino impact. These kinds of stand are known as "wheel drinking sprees" among cyclists.
A cutting edge rendition is known as the "Sheffield rack" or "Sheffield remain" after the city of Sheffield in England where these were spearheaded. These comprise of a thick metal bar or tube twisted into the state of a square curve. The best part is about level with the best bar of the bicycle edge, and in this manner underpins the bicycle and enables the edge to be secured. The birthplace of the racks was the point at which the parsimonious natives of Sheffield needed to choose what to do with some old gas funneling.
Nearby cyclists recommended the cycle rack thought and two basic twists later, and somewhat concrete in the ground, the rack was conceived. At the time this was an upset in a universe of 'single-point holders' that twisted haggles little lockability for outlines.
Since 1984 the City of Toronto has introduced post and ring bicycle racks comprising of a steel bollard or post beat by a cast aluminum ring.
In August 2006, it turned out to be freely realized that these stands could be vanquished by prying the ring off with a two-by-four.
In Amsterdam two-layered bicycle stands are omnipresent. Bikes can be parked in a littler region as the handlebars of each other one is at an alternate stature. These racks are made of steel and have a substantial bar to which the edge might be effortlessly bolted. Most Dutch bicycles have a back wheel bolt, with the goal that wheel require not be bolted.
Various styles of bike rack are accessible to coordinate any condition. Particular points of interest, for example, jolt measure, tubing width, tubing style, tallness, length, and numerous different things shift with maker, yet regularly, there are six general styles of business bike rack.
Fundamental bike rack that is utilized as a part of urban zones since it can be set along walkways without removing excessively space from pedestrians.
A container of dark painted metal twisted into a tall U shape and dashed at the two closures to a solid section, before a block pathway and iron railings U-rack rushed to the ground. Obscure area.
View from high height of four positions of many U-racks set in concrete before a glass-fronted working, with handicapped car parking spaces in the forefront.
The wave is an augmentation of the U-Rack. Waves suit a larger number of bicycles than the single U-rack, yet just help a bicycle outline at a certain point (instead of two focuses with a U-rack), bringing about a more prominent possibility of the bicycle falling over when parked in the rack.
Ground-level perspective of a dark painted metal square tube twisted into a bended M shape and rushed to concrete by a street. Out of sight are two cars parked before a long building.
A white-painted round metal tube bowed into a twofold M shape and set in concrete before a green skirt and a block divider.
vertical posts most ordinarily utilized as activity or parking boundaries. Bollard style bike racks add maybe a couple arms to which bikes might be secured.
A ring with an adapted bicycle inside, with bolted to a post, all of aroused metal. It is set in a solid section before a block divider.
Bollard-style rack in Seattle, Washington, United States
Unpainted steel rings, each welded to a steel post, set in solid sections. A cyclist is going by from left to ideal on the cycle way behind.
The matrix comprises of vertical bars that associate bigger upper and lower metal tubing that acknowledge bikes on one or the two sides of the rack. Lattice style racks can be left unattached or tied down to the ground with lasting or transitory stays. This rack does not permit both the haggle of the bike to be bolted, taking into account potential burglary of the bicycle.
A corroded metal An outline with flat bars at the best and base joined by eleven vertical bars. It stands free on concrete before a join between a block divider and a mortar divider.
Inventive plans fuse both utility and style. Numerous bike rack engineers have made little modifications to fundamental bike racks to enhance usefulness and appearance.
A variety of sixteen or so parking spots for bicycles. Each is a square metal banish calculated at 45 degrees starting from the earliest stage a parallel circle of more slender round tubing at the best. They are set consecutively with the bars pointing in rotating headings. A pink women's bicycle with a delivery crate is parked in one. Another column of them is for the most part out of casing to one side with a mountain bike parked in it. Out of sight is a car stop with trees.
A creative sort of bicycle rack in Davis, California
An open A-casing of thick steel tubing. Connected underneath the crossbar is a winding of more slender metal tubing. It is painted blue, however a great part of the paint has chipped off, leaving rust. A mountain bike and a tyke's bike are parked in it and two surrendered D-locks swing from it. Out of sight is a block and-mortar building and behind the rack, to one side, is a car parking space.
Because of the frequently special nature of business zones, a few situations require a more enhancing bike rack. For instance, an open aquarium or zoo may incline toward a shark formed bike rack over a conventional style bike rack.
A bike rack molded like an adapted bicycle with a rider with hair spilling in the breeze. It is painted yellow and set in landing area at the edge of a street between two expansive solid plant pots. A collapsed bicycle is parked there and a relinquished chain dangles from it. Behind, two ladies stroll past on the walkway before dark iron railings.
Enhancing bike rack in downtown Brooklyn, New York City
The diagram of an outline of an exposed lady reclining, in stirred steel, on a road check. It has a bicycle with a shopping bin fastened to it.
Two-level bike racks can be utilized to build bicycle stockpiling limit in a settled space. With a specific end goal to effortlessly move a bicycle onto the best level, some twofold deck bike racks consolidate pressure driven cylinders to lift the bike into the rack after the client has bolted it.
Three treated steel U-rings set in concrete, without jolts. A bicycle is anchored to the one on the right.
An in-ground mount
Bike racks can be mounted to a surface in various diverse ways.
In-ground: The base of the bike rack is planted into the ground, and secured by an opposite stay stick for steadiness. These steady mounts are most secure from burglary or vandalism.
Surface: Flanges broadening outwards from the base of the bike rack are secured into existing cement with slack jolts. For included help, surface mounts can likewise incorporate triangular brackets, additionally alluded to as gusset plates, to strengthen the association between the rib and tubing. Surface mounts with this additional help are called gusset mounts. Surface and gusset mounts are utilized to secure a bike rack into a current bit of cement.
Rail mounts: Some bike rack units can be associated with rails. This compose permits utilizing single bike racks, while restricting the quantity of mounts be actualized. Rail mounts are for the most part used to interface different 'U' Racks so each rack require not be mounted, sparing work expenses and restricting the quantity of gaps in the surface.
Divider Mounts: Certain bike racks are intended to be mounted to the divider utilizing jolts to interface spines of the rack onto existing dividers. These ration floor space and are most helpful for long haul stockpiling.
Removable Mounts: Some models of bike stands and bike bollards can be introduced with mounting frameworks that enable them to wind up briefly removable. Removable mountings are utilized as a part of zones where expelling the bike stand or bike bollard could allow impermanent access to crisis, conveyance and upkeep vehicles.
The Use of Bike Racks Surges
OMAHA, Neb. - Metro introduced the racks to make different transportation choices, helping riders travel further, speedier and point to changing propensities as a reason they are seeing more individuals take their bikes on the transport.
"Individuals are ecologically consistent, individuals need to burn through cash different courses perhaps on another vehicle and the cost to look after it, work out, we truly have individuals who will put their bike on a transport and come into work," said Linda Barritt, Marketing Director of Metro Transit.
As of now the transports have only two rack on the front, however soon, ORBT, the transport fast travel, will be in the city and you can carry your bike inside with you, with the expectation of more bicyclists expediting them, "The ORBT transports will have on board, hanging racks and we will suit six bikes for every transport," said Barritt.