Bike racks

Choosing the Best Bike Rack for your Vehicle: Hitch Bike Racks

Trailer hitch mounted bike racks are one of the most common types of bike carriers, with options and sizes available for nearly any type of car, truck, van or SUV. Hitch mounted bike racks are popular with families because they are available in many sizes and can tow up to five bikes on the back of your vehicle.

Determining your Hitch Size

The first thing to note is hitches are divided into classes, and the class determines the towing capacity. Most cars accommodate class I and II hitches. SUVs, vans and trucks can usually accommodate class II, III or IV hitches.

To determine the type of hitch on your vehicle, check your owner’s manual. If you bought an aftermarket hitch, check the hitch itself for a stamp or sticker. If you’re brand new to towing and hitches, we recommend checking out our guide to trailer hitch classes and towing, for more in-depth information on choosing the right hitch for your vehicle.

Pros and Cons of Using a Hitch Mounted Bike Rack:

Overall, a hitch mounted rack is a solid investment for transporting bikes. Easy installation and affordable prices make this rack style a popular pick. The Discount Ramps team has the pros and cons of this rack style:

Pros:
  • Easy hitch installation
  • Bikes stay in one piece, no need to remove the front wheel to mount the bike
  • Easy to secure and lift bikes into place
  • Reduced chance of scratching your vehicle’s paint while mounting
Cons:
  • Requires a trailer hitch to be installed on your vehicle
  • Some small cars may not have the hitch capacity to carry a hitch mounted carrier
  • Trunk access may be blocked
  • Extra caution is required when parking or backing into spaces

Discount Ramps Recommends the Apex Piggyback Hitch Bike Rack

Apex hitch bike rack

Our product professionals recommend the Apex Piggyback Hitch Bike Rack which can accommodate up to four bikes, and is compatible with 2" hitch receivers. This rack features a swing-away option, so you can easily gain access to the back of your vehicle, without having to remove and re-install the rack each time. Lightweight and easy to handle, check it out online today!