Bike racks provide a convenient and safe way to transport bicycles on road trips, vacations, or simply to the nearest riding trail. While they come in a variety of forms, from roof racks to spare tire racks, one of the most convenient options for owners of minivans are the hitch racks. Hitch racks attach to the hitch on the back of the minivan and offer a number of advantages.
For instance, they are usually easier to install, and are relatively easy to remove for when you are not carrying a bicycle on the back. In addition, they generally allow the bicycles to sit further back from the van, preventing damage to the van. As a result, they are easier and safer to use than other types of bike racks when driving a minivan.
The best bike racks sport anti-wobble mechanisms to prevent movement, fold down to allow access to the back of the car (another plus for minivans) and can transport more than one bicycle at a time. The following bicycles do all of these things making them some of the best bike racks currently on the market.
The 3-bike hitch mount rack from Allen boasts convenience as well as quality for owners of multiple bicycles. The bike rack fits any 1.5 or 2-inch hitch, and attaches easily to the hitch with the use of a washer. Consumers report being able to get the rack installed easily in less than five minutes, even if they are not otherwise technically inclined. In addition, this bike rack is designed to fold down easily when not in use. Both the arms that hold the bikes fold down and the rack itself folds down to take up less space and to allow the consumer to open the rear door of their vehicle. When carrying bicycles, the bike rack is designed to be very secure. It comes with an anti-wobble pin that holds the bike rack secure on the hitch to prevent side-to-side motion. In addition, it sports Allen’s unique method of tying down the bicycles in the rack to keep them secure. The arms are 16 inches wide and can hold a variety of adult bicycles. These features, combined with its lifetime guarantee, make the Allen Sports Deluxe an appealing and easy tool for safely transporting almost any type of bicycle.
The XC Cross-Country bike hitch mount rack from Swagman is designed to easily and securely transport two bicycles on the back of any vehicle with a 1.25 or 2-inch hitch. This bike rack stands out from the competition for a number of reasons. First, the Swagman XC is capable of carrying virtually any type of bicycle, either children’s or adult’s. The reason is because it is designed with wheel hoops that can be adjusted in a few seconds to hold bicycles with wheels of anywhere from 20 to 29 inches. In addition, the Swagman’s design allows bicycles with any type of crossbar. In addition, this bike rack is easy to install on the hitch and comes with an anti-wobble device for keeping it secure and unmoving once attached to the hitch. A third outstanding feature of this bike rack is its ability to fold out of the way for easy access to the back of the car, as well as a design that makes it easy to place and secure the bicycles. Consumers report that it is solidly built. As a result, the Swagman offer a reliable, high quality, and inexpensive bike rack.
The bike carrier from Pro Series is an excellent choice for transporting multiple bicycles securely. The carrier is capable of holding up to four bicycles, and consumers report being able to do so over long distances without having any problems with the stability of the bicycles. In addition, the Pro Series bike carrier is designed to hold a variety of bicycles. While it works best with men’s bikes, it can also hold women’s and children’s bikes. Its hoop and loop system of securing the bikes allows them to be transported safely. In addition, this carrier tilts to allow access to the rear of the car. A threaded pin at the hitch ensures that the Pro Series does not move much once it is installed. It is designed for installation with a 2-inch hitch, but can be adapted to fit a 1.25-inch hitch. At just about $100, this provides an inexpensive yet reliable way to transport an entire family’s bikes.
The Prorack 2-bike hitch platform provides an easy and adjustable way to carry two bicycles. This bike rack’s most oustanding feature is its versatility. Designed to adjust easily, it can hold almost any type of bicycle, including men’s, women’s, and children’s and those with a variety of crossbars. Consumers report having no trouble adjusting the rack to fit whatever type of bicycle they are transporting. In addition, this bike rack receives praise for its secure attachments, which include wheel ties to hold the tires securely during transport. Assembly is relatively simple and can be completed in about a half an hour. The rack can be folded to create easier access to the back of the vehicle and will fit either 1.25 or 2-inch hitches. A threaded pin provides stability so the bike rack does not wobble much during use. The Prorack also comes with a 3-year warranty to give consumers the peace of mind that, while inexpensive (around $140), it is also high-quality and reliable.
The HR1400 from Hollywood Racks provides quality and security for either two or four bicycles. While somewhat more expensive than other bike racks, the HR1400 makes up for this increased expense with extremely high-quality construction that makes it heavy and solid when attached to the hitch. Because it converts from a 2-bike carrier to a 4-bike carrier, it can function for both single riders and entire families looking to go on rides together. In addition, it is designed to carry a wide variety of bikes, with adjustable wheel holders and an adjustable clamp. Because it utilizes clamps to hold the bicycles in place, it can handle bicycles with any type of crossbar as well. The HR1400 also folds against the side of the car to allow easy access into the rear of the car and, even when extended and carrying bicycles, will sit securely on the hitch. As a result, this bike rack offers consumers a top-notch, reliable, easy to use way to transport multiple bicycles at the same time.
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