There are five distinct classes of trailer hitches divided by towing capacity and receiver size. For hitch bike rack use, not all classes are relevant and some are even barely usable.
If your current car, truck, minivan, or SUV does not have a hitch, the world of hitch bike racks is still open to you. You can most likely have one set up as an aftermarket part.
Arguably the most popular car bike racks are the hitch rack and the roof rack.
Each has its strengths and weaknesses and is very different to use. I’ve used both and these are my experiences.
Basic roof bars on your car are just the foundation for a variety of attachments to go on. Making roof racks an incredibly versatile method to carry all sorts of equipment that wouldn’t otherwise fit – all without using a trailer.
For this round-up of bike rack brands, we list only high-quality, established, and trustworthy manufacturers with original designs. Some of the biggest names include Thule, Yakima, 1UP USA and Saris.
A list of all American-made car bike racks. Discover top brands like 1UP USA, Alta Racks, and Lolo Racks, and learn about their innovative designs and quality craftsmanship. Perfect for bikers who support local manufacturing.