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BIKE RACK COMPARISON TABLE

A bike rack comparison table to help you decide which type of bike rack will be best for your needs. Take a look at comparison chart below which shows 8 key considerations for each bike rack category.

8 Key Considerations

Roof Mount Bike Racks

Hitch Mount Bike Racks

Trunk Mount Bike Racks

Spare Tire Bike Racks

Truck Bed Bike Racks

Carrying Capacity

1 bike per rack

1 to 5 bikes per rack

1 to 4 bikes per rack

1 to 4 bikes per rack

1 to 4 bikes per rack

Rack Mounting Method

Factory fitted or extra roof rack / crossbars

1.25″ or 2″ hitch receiver

Trunk, hatchback, tailgate

Spare tire

Truck bed

Ease of Rack Installation

Medium – Difficult

Easy – Medium

Easy – Medium

Easy – Medium

Easy – Difficult

Ease of bike loading

Difficult

Easy

Easy

Easy

Medium – Easy

Rear Vehicle Access When Installed

Yes

Often Yes /
Sometimes No

Normally No /
On some occasions Yes

Yes

Yes

Mileage Effect

Gas mileage is reduced due to increased wind resistance

Not much affect

Not much affect

Not much affect

Not much affect

Safe Driving

Increased vehicle height may cause clearance issues

Increased vehicle length may affect vehicle handling

Increased vehicle length may affect vehicle handling

Increased vehicle length may affect vehicle handling

Little to no affect

Typical Price Comparison

High (per bike)

Mid – High

Low – Mid – High

Low – Mid

Low – Mid

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