Hitch Bike Rack Comparison – etrailer.com


Today were going to talk about getting your
bikes together with your vehicle so you can go riding. Over here we have a variety of different bikes,
the mom and dads bikes, and the kids bikes. Obviously, they have all different types of
frames and sizes. What we are going to do here is figure out
what kind of bicycle rack works with your type of bikes. To start off there are three different types
of bicycle racks, i guess you could say three different configurations. One is the single arm version, on the left
hand side here. It is pretty much the original design bicycle
rack, not much has changed besides clamps and the hinge part at the bottom. It is the most economical one, for the most
part it is the most tried and true piece of equipment. The next one in the center here, is called
the two armed version. Basically, it is more stable, has two points
of contact on the bicycle rack. It has pretty much been around as long as
the single arm version, again it has proven technology, and pretty much there is not much
to it except for the width on them. And then the last version is the wheel mount,
which is relatively new. It grabs the bikes by the wheel and the frame
so you have three points of contact compared to the other two. Bike Rack Installation: The first thing we
need to do to determine the bicycle rack is to check what size hitch opening you have
on your hitch. You just measure across left to right and
you will have either a inch and a quarter inch receiver or you will have a two inch
receiver. Two inch receivers are the more common of
the two. If you can, get that type which will give
you more variety of bicycle racks. Also, I will show you one other thing, a lot
of bicycle racks now days come with adapters so you can go from either an inch and a quarter
or a two inch receiver hitch. That way, you can switch from one vehicle
to another as in this example right here. Alright, first we will demonstrate with using
a single arm bicycle rack. I will show you how I attach it to the hitch. It will attach to the hitch just like any
other ballmount you would use to pull a trailer with, utilizing the pin and clip. And the clip goes in and that is the basics
of it right there. We will show you another option of how the
bicycle rack will attach to the hitch. Instead of using this pin and clip, some versions
come with a bolt that goes through the hitch and bicycle rack. It also doubles as a security device and it
also keeps it from rattling around as an anti-rattle device. I will show you how that goes on. Alright, we are going to load up this single
arm bicycle rack here and show you how the bikes fit on and what you run into while you
do it.

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