Hitch mounted bike racks are the easiest way to carry bikes on a car. They are stable, easy to use, and carry nearly zero risk to damaging your vehicle. The catch is you need to have a receiver hitch installed on your vehicle. If your car does not have a hitch installed on it, it is almost certainly possible to do so.
Now if you have a hitch, and you know how many bikes you are able to put on it, you’re almost ready to go. The last step is choosing the type of rack suitable to the style of bikes you own. If you have ‘standard’ bikes, you can basically ignore this, but if you own e-bikes, mountain bikes, or other 'non-standard' sizes, you may want to avoid racks holding the bikes by the frame, and choose a rack that holds your bike by its wheels instead.
Here are a couple of our favourite hitch mounted bike racks:
- Yakima's Evo HoldUp 2 is an awesome hitch mount. The KickStart feature allows you tilt the rack away from your car, even with the bikes attached. An extra 2 bike adapter is available, allowing you to carry four bikes in total. It is quite heavy though with the adapter, so you might need a friend to help you take it on and off the hitch.
- Thule's T2 Pro XTR is a beauty. The Swedes know a thing or two when it comes to clever features and quality. Again, a 2 bike adapter is available, allowing you to carry up to four bikes. Buy with confidence knowing that this rack is going to look after your bikes.