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The Ultimate Hitch Size Guide for Your Bike Rack

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.

 

Bike frame adapter pro for bike racks

 

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.

Introducing the Destination Rack

Introducing the Destination Rack

Looking for a lightweight bike rack for a hitch mount for your truck or SUV? Look no further than our newest bike rack, the Destination Bike Rack. Perfect for outings with friends, the Destination Bike Rack can fit up to four bikes and folds up easily when not in use for safer driving and hassle-free use.

What size wheels are applicable for the small wheel holder?

What size wheels are applicable for the small wheel holder?

What size wheels are applicable for the small wheel holder?

All bicycle wheels that are smaller than 20” outside diameter require small wheel holders to effectively reduce the functional length of the Sport & Trail riders wheel/tire holders.

How is a recumbent spec Sport Rider different from a standard Sport Rider?

How is a recumbent spec Sport Rider different from a standard Sport Rider?

How is a recumbent spec Sport Rider different from a standard Sport Rider?

a. The wheel/tire holder support tubes are longer to support the longer wheelbase on most recumbents (up to 72”).

b. The wheel/tire holders are set further away from the support tubes (4” additional on each side) to provide room for the wider seats/saddles on most recumbents.

c. Because the wheel/tire holders are set further out, the padded hooks also extend an additional 4” on either side.

d. These recumbent rack differences are applicable to both the HR1000Y-R and HR1450Y-R racks.

What are the differences between the HR3000 and the HR3500 TRS (Tire Retention System) racks?

What are the differences between the HR3000 and the HR3500 TRS (Tire Retention System) racks?

What are the differences between the HR3000 and the HR3500 TRS (Tire Retention System) racks?

a.       The HR3000 can be fitted to either a 1-1/4” or 2” receiver hitch whereas the HR3500 will fit into a 2” receiver only.

b.       The HR3500 comes with keyed alike locks to lock the rack to the vehicle and the bikes to the rack. The HR3000 does not come with locks (locks are available as an after-market accessories).

c.       The HR3500 uses our patented “No Wobble” system to firmly attach the rack to the receiver hitch whereas the HR3000 uses a threaded hitch pin.

d.       The HR3000 comes with silver wheel trays whereas the HR3500 comes with black wheel trays. Both are aluminum construction.

What’s the difference between the HR200 Trail Rider and HR1000Y Sport Rider?

What’s the difference between the HR200 Trail Rider and HR1000Y Sport Rider?

The difference is the direction (type) of fold. Both can be used on either a 1-1/4” or 2” receiver hitch.

  1. On an HR200 Trail Rider the wheel/tire holder support arms fold up (vertically when the rack is not being used). The HR200 cannot fold horizontally.
  2. On an HR1000Y the whole rack folds up horizontally (against the vehicle) or down horizontally to access the luggage compartment of the vehicle.

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