Best bicycle car racks according to redditors

We found 308 Reddit comments discussing the best bicycle car racks. We ranked the 139 resulting products by number of redditors who mentioned them. Here are the top 20.

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Top Reddit comments about Bicycle Car Racks:

u/singelingtracks · 8 pointsr/MTB

100 for a hitch, says it fits on the car.

132 for a bike rack. easily found used for under 100 into the 50 range.

cost a lot more to repaint the rear end when its scratched up then to do it right the first time.

u/SourCream18 · 7 pointsr/MTB


This will do the trick if you are looking to get something cheap yet functional. I have driven about 1,500 miles with 2 bikes on it and have had no issues! The only upgrade I had to get was a hitch tighter because the rack bounced around a little bit.

u/stlstl · 5 pointsr/teslamotors

Yeah, can get it here for half the price. I guess "Designed exclusively for Tesla" means they put plastic covers over the arms.

u/BatteryLicker · 3 pointsr/BuyItForLife

If you want BIFL, the 1upusa bike racks are extremely well made and the best you can buy.

I have the Swagman XTC2 since it's a compromise of affordable/quality. It is easy to load, easy to remove/fold, has good clearance, etc. I use it once/twice a week for group rides, but I'll upgrade if/when it needs replacing.

u/[deleted] · 3 pointsr/cycling

My girlfriend has a 2008 Beetle.

We use this rack:

It's meant for trunk application, but it still works fine with the Beetle. Just make sure the top pads rest on the metal trunk, not the glass.

Side note, if you have a CF frame, you may want to get either the seasucker or a platform rack so the frame is not supporting the bike.

u/gryhrt · 3 pointsr/bicycling

Another option is a trailer hitch mounted rack. I have a 1 1/4" inch receiver hitch on my Honda Fit and have a hitch mounted rack that I use with it. It's more secure than a trunk mounted rack, and much quicker and easier to install and remove. It's also cheaper than a roof rack.

u/TreyWalker · 3 pointsr/veloster

Racks are ROLA 59726, JBars are TMS J-Bars

Front is tied down to a SoCal Tow Hook. Rear tied to the tow-hook area on the rear drivers-side. Slammed it in the trunk for the pic as it was blowing in the wind.

u/positive_pangolin · 3 pointsr/vandwellers

Thanks! I can't open the doors with the bikes on the rack unfortunately. I bought it because it was the cheapest rack on Amazon with the highest ratings. Works great for the price.

u/boojel · 3 pointsr/bikecommuting

Trailer hitch rack will cost more with additional hitch mount, but less likely to damage your car. And frankly I like the look better too. Just search for trailer hitch for your car model – this seems to be the cheapest one. You also have the options to have hanging rack or wheel-support rack.

Allen hitch rack – hanging

Allen hitch rack – wheel-support

u/locarbsugarcubes · 3 pointsr/cycling

There's two options in the hitch-realm.

  1. Tray-style like this which is what I recommend, especially if you have a carbon-frame bike where resting the bike on the top-tube is ill-advised. I have this one but I think any similar would work just the same. Love the rack, only fixes I've needed after two years is some touch-up paint and a new corrosion-free cotter pin.
  2. Arm-style like this which is great if you need to carry more than two bikes, but again not advised for higher-end bikes. Benefit is that you can buy conversion kits to allow you to carry skis/snowboards and kayaks.

    With both, find something that's going to allow you to tilt or swing the rack away from the hatch so you can open the trunk without removing the bikes.

    I can't speak to locking style - I would never leave my bike on the rack regardless of the lock. Any thief will be able to thwart whatever you're going to throw out there. I'll take my bike into the local 7-11 if I'm parking for 5 minutes. It's too simple to just lift and run.
u/trufus_for_youfus · 3 pointsr/NewOrleans

You spelled bike rack wrong. Buy a used or cheap bike rack to keep in your trunk. Put it on when riding around town. Completely legal and obscures the plate enough to beat cameras and plate scanners.

This image demonstrates the effect well. $35 bucks and you can also carry bikes with it if you like.

u/RFishstick · 3 pointsr/GoRVing

Lippert Components (LIPPC) 429756 Jack-It Bike Rack

u/m2daholla · 3 pointsr/fordfusion
u/rycov24 · 3 pointsr/cars

$35. I took a mini road trip to do a century ride with my road bike and a couple days worth of supplies in my Miata. Easy peasy

u/Lizabetanne · 3 pointsr/bicycling

We have this. It's easy to load and folds down so I can still access the back hatch on our car.

u/IMHO_GUY · 3 pointsr/MTB

I have an 04 Jetta so hopefully I can help. Hitch mounts are a hassle to install on the car, you need to drill holes through the trunk liner and I didn't think it was worth it.

Roof racks are pretty expensive and they scare me because I'm worried I'd forget about the bike and destroy it.

Honestly if you're gonna be transporting just one bike this cheap rack will work perfectly. Just remember to get some bungee cords to secure both wheels so they don't move around and dent/damage the car. I hit 90mph with my bike on that rack and it was solid but I wouldn't recommend it. 70mph all day though.

You can spend a bit more and find similar racks that have side straps for added stability but honestly I had no issues with the single bottom strap.

I got a great deal on craigslist on this thule trunk mounted platform rack so I picked it up but if I had to pay $300+ for it... no way its that much better than the cheap Allen rack.

u/campje123 · 3 pointsr/cycling

I know they make the 'dangle' type racks (like this that hold 4 bikes; but you have to be careful because some frames are odd shaped or small - especially kids bikes- which makes them hard to hang in these racks.... and everything has the possibility of banging around against each other if you dont strap something else around them.

u/SgtBaxter · 3 pointsr/cycling

Saris bones is awesome.

If you're on a budget, I can say from experience the Allen MT-1 is also fantastic, and folds up ultra compact so you can just toss it in your trunk.

Only holds one bike however, the Allen MT-2 holds 2.

u/boredcircuits · 3 pointsr/bicycling
  • Chain wear measuring tool

    Optional, you can actually use a ruler if you want. But it makes the job a bit easier and more foolproof.

  • Chain breaking tool (plier-style or punch-style, can't remember how my chain is put together at the moment)

    When it's time to replace your chain you'll need the "punch-style" chain tool to size the new one correctly, regardless of the type of chain you currently have. But you won't need one until then, so it's up to you if you want to buy it now or later. The "plier-style" is for removing quick links, but that's mostly a matter of convenience: I just recently got one myself, until now I've just used my fingers, or maybe a bit of wire if it's stuck.

  • Chain cleaner tool

    I've used these, but I'm not a big fan. For regular chain maintenance, just some degreaser on a rag is enough. For deeper cleaning there's lots and lots of ways to clean a chain, including these cleaning tools. Other options: remove and shake in a bottle, use an ultrasonic cleaner, use two nail brushes pressed together ... or just not bothering with deep cleaning. It's really up to you.

  • Degreaser (is this bike specific/not?)

    I use Simple Green for most jobs. There's bike-specific degreaser, though, if you want.

  • Chain lube (is this bike specific/not?)

    This one is definitely bike specific! There's lots of options out there, but cleaning and lubing regularly is more important than which one you use. If you ride in the rain a lot, get a wet lube. I like wax-based lubes, for what it's worth.

  • Brush set (any ones in particular? I know I need the sickle-shaped cog scrapey thing, a bottle brush and something finer)

    I use an old toothbrush. I've never bothered with the "sickle-shaped cog scrapey thing," but that's because I remove the cassette completely if it gets dirty enough to need that.

  • Dummy hub

    Meh, if you want. I've never needed it.

  • Bike stand

    I recommend finding something that lets you work on the bike at a more manageable height. Official bike stands are expensive, but work very well. There are cheaper options that get the job done, though.

    For a long time I just mounted a bike hanger like this to the wall. The bike just sits in it, not overly secure, but it's enough to get the bike to a working height, and you can pedal to work on the chain. Enough to do basic maintenance. It also doubles as bike storage. I found this works best with road bikes (narrower handlebars).

    More recently, though, I made a bike stand. It's still a work in progress, but I'll post pictures of it here eventually. It's made from sawhorse brackets and 2x4's as the base, and then I use this bracket for my road bike and this bracket for my mountain bike to secure it. The front wheel comes off and clamps down, and the bottom bracket rests on the top of the saw horse, with the wheel hanging off the back. It's secure, I can work in my yard and clean the bike on it, and it was pretty inexpensive to make. And I don't have to worry about clamping to carbon, or where I'm going to clamp with the suspension in the way, etc. The only downside is you can't work on the front wheel or brakes very conveniently. My design doesn't store very compactly, though I'm sure you can find a better way if that's a concern.

    Most other tools can be picked up on an as-needed bases. Cable cutters when you replace cables. Lockring tool and chain whip when you want to remove the cassette. Bottom bracket wrench when it's time to service the bottom bracket. Cone wrenches when you service the hubs. A torque wrench if you have a carbon fiber bike. Etc.

    I can't help with phone mounts, so I'll let someone else make a suggestion there.
u/4_jacks · 2 pointsr/BMWZ4

A Universal Bike Rack Should work just fine.

Just be careful with the installation not to scratch the paint or apply too much pressure to anything. Drive very carefully with the bike attached.

u/BootyButtPirate · 2 pointsr/Kayaking

I have a 2003 4runner so its slightly bigger than your 3rd gen. My wife and I each have 10' entry level sit in rec kayaks. I successfully mount and carry both on the factory roof rack with 2 pairs of cheap Amazon J hooks. I can lift and mount the kayaks solo but its much easy with two people. I put 2 ratcheting tie straps over the kayaks securing them to the cross bars and side rails (not the J hooks). I use a bow and stern lines attached to the front recovery loops and rear hitch. It works well. If I were doing longer distance driving (200+ miles) with the kayaks I would probably get some higher grade J Hooks.

Here is the 2 Pairs of J Hooks (thats 4 total) for about $60.

I bought an aftermarker set of cross rail for my wife's Odyessy and another set of J Hooks. I mount and carry them the same way. The van is newer and and cleaners so we only use it for the drop off vehicle. Here is the after market cross rails (that also fit my 4runner) Link

u/ItsToka · 2 pointsr/bicycling
u/opioneers86 · 2 pointsr/FocusST

This universal one. It was on sale for $25 bucks on Slickdeals last Friday and i gotta say I'm rather impressed. That is subject to change once my back windshield gets busted in. /s

u/meedlymee · 2 pointsr/Charlotte

This is late, but I'm getting rid of my trunk mounted bike rack, it's an Allen Sports 2-Bike Rack, model 102DN. I have a new car and the rack doesn't fit it. I'll sell it for like, 15 dollars.

u/ryan10e · 2 pointsr/crz

Maybe not quite so affordable, but cheaper than getting a trailer hitch installed... I have this one and love it. No messing with straps, super stable. Have been using an older model for probably 6 years now. Thule Raceway Pro 2-Bike Strap Rack

u/gh0stdylan · 2 pointsr/Hyundai

This is what I'm looking at. Sorry for long link, I'm on mobile

Curt Manufacturing 11402 Class 1 Trailer Hitch

Swagman XC Cross-Country 2-Bike Hitch Mount Rack (1/1/4 and 2-Inch Receiver)

u/kramithefrog · 2 pointsr/GoRVing

I have this rack. I added the 2” U bolt receiver. No problems at all. I’ve been using it for about 2 years. Heavy use.

Allen Sports Deluxe 2-Bike Hitch Mount Rack , Silver/Black (522RR)

u/audiomuse1 · 2 pointsr/UCDavis

Might be worth investing in a bike rack... there are some pretty decent inexpensive ones out there including this one:

u/crappy_snacks · 2 pointsr/MTB

Link to a very similar bike mount I used. And this is what I used in my rails on my Tacoma. With a little grinding off on the edges of the sprig but, I made it work. Then just go by some nylon locking nuts and stainless bolts.
Hope this helps!

u/tsquaredwsu · 2 pointsr/bicycling

It's for two bikes, but I plan to get this one for my Jeep Cherokee.

u/TheBeesSteeze · 2 pointsr/overlanding

Awesome, I'm looking at doing something very similar with my 4Runner. Although, I've been leaning towards running 12v to a fridge.

Any reason you did roof mount bike rack instead of a swing away hitch mount? Probably cost?

I've been eyeing [this one](SportRack Ridge Swing 4 Hanging Hitch Bike Carrier lately.

The way I see it:

Roof Pros: Out of the way, cheaper, can still tow things
Roof Cons: Hard to get up there, possible front wheel take off/storage, gas mileage, difficult for multiple bikes, clearance
Hitch Pros: Easy access, multiple bikes
Hitch Cons: Slightly obstructive, need to get bar for non flat frame bikes, cost, can't tow things

I have a boat so ideally roof would be best, but everyone online says get a hitch mount.

u/TheHemingwayOfReddit · 2 pointsr/NewOrleans

I know a couple of people who have had ome of these on their car for years amd have never been pulled over for it. Totally prevents camera tickets

u/blip01 · 2 pointsr/MTB

I got one of these recently. So far so good. I use it with two 29" full sus bikes.

You can add a small padlock through each arm, but you'd probably be better off with a thick cable around the bikes and hitch.

u/m_kay · 2 pointsr/MTB

I went this route, installed a hitch on my Subaru WRX and got this hitch:

I can't say enough good things about this setup and hitch.

u/call_me_cthulhu_ · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

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u/mozetti · 2 pointsr/camping

If you go the kayak route, you can save a bundle for your roof racks if you already have the rails on your vehicle.

These have great reviews on Amazon. I just bought them and used them twice with success. You can also throw in these loops for securing the bows and sterns to your vehicle.

u/theMJof91 · 2 pointsr/cycling

I drive a 2013 Infiniti G37x. I use this:

Fits two bikes, works fine for me.

u/montaukwhaler · 2 pointsr/TruckCampers

I bought this rear swing-out bike rack for my truck. Very heavy duty (and very heavy), swings out easily for me to get access to my steps and camper door, swings back in and secures tightly. Downside: expensive, heavy. Upside: works great. I've taken it on some very lumpy roads (Alaska, Yukon, NW Territory, B.C.) and none of the articulating parts seem to have worn at all. Says it fits 4 bikes but that may be ambitious. 2 bikes fit with plenty of room to spare, though.

u/Lightwysh · 2 pointsr/bmx

This is what I use on my Focus ST.


Works fine on hatchbacks, holds 2 bikes and there is a 3 bike option. You should be able to get on

u/D0rk4L · 2 pointsr/bicycling

If you want to go for a hitch rack, I have many friends who use this Swagman rack for their bikes. I will be picking one up eventually, but for now I have a hand-me-down Yakima.


Yakima (the style I have):

Thule, Swagman and SportRack all make a near identical rack. I know SportRack and Thule are related, not sure about Swagman. But as I said, I have two friends who own them and they work great.
I priced it out when I got mine, and a hitch + Swagman rack were half the price of a roof rack setup, less wind noise, potentially less of a gas mileage loss and less to steal. One of said friends had two roof racks stolen from his car before switching to a hitch mount version.

The downside to the Yakima rack I posted is it does not play well with some bike frames with fancy curved top tubes, or many womens style frames with the very low top tube. That's likely not going to be an issue with your SuperFly, but it's something to consider.

Here's a link to a hitch for your Sable:

u/rawrimadinosaur · 1 pointr/MTB

In case for some reason you haven't tried it, a lot of smaller cars have seats that fold down. I take my front wheel off and take my bike to the trails that way. Alternatively, you can get a trunk rack for pretty cheap on Amazon or something.

Just something to think about, I hope your bike works out for you.

Edit: Just realized you said you don't have a car, I thought you said you had a SMALL car, sorry about that.

u/dwm813 · 1 pointr/fordfusion

Allen Deluxe 2-Bike Trunk Mount Rack

Is what I have for my ‘17 hybrid. Check their website to confirm yours should fit tho.

u/ignatztempotypo · 1 pointr/ebikes

I just took delivery of this one today...Overdrive Sport 2-Bike Hitch...
It's very well built and designed. Cheap! I'm very happy with it. 2 60kg ebikes, locks, folding, etc. Less than$300 delivered.

u/Seanchad · 1 pointr/Miata

Tried the passenger seat thing, couldn't get it in there without some serious finagling & I'm too protective of my leather. I figure I'll go for this one, just wanted to make sure there wasn't some obvious miata-specific thing I was missing. Thanks!

u/SonicSpoon · 1 pointr/SmartCar

OK, so is the original bike rack that you are talking about the one in the brochure?

I don't know what the price is on that but I would think you could get a trailer hitch from either Smart Madness or somewhere else for less than $200 and then a bike rack that fits the receiver for around $100.

You might want to look around on SCOA to see if there is anything that might work for you as well. My instinct tells me to stay away from the generic ones that just strap to the rear but I could be wrong.

u/Chef_Spaetzle · 1 pointr/ChevySonic

I currently have this one and it's fantastic

Allen Sports Deluxe 2-Bike Trunk Mount Rack

u/jonofrono · 1 pointr/MTB

Have this Saris and it works great. I like that it doesn’t touch the frame.

u/Corbo628 · 1 pointr/CX5

I've been using this one since early this year and it's awesome. Easy to take on and off. Tilts away from the car so you can still get into the trunk. It's built very well for the price I paid. I got it on sale for around $165.

u/starbewy · 1 pointr/bicycling

Bought a swagman xtc rack when I bought my hitch from etrailer a few months ago. They're around ~$215 or you can get the cheaper swagman xc for ~$100 (same thing, but xtc is the update with nicer platforms). They both had around 1000 reviews at 4.5 stars and I've had no problems with mine.

I bought curt's bike rack support strap and it made the rack solid with no worries about wobbling. Just took it on a 5hr road trip with 2 road bikes driving at ~80mph. I could do 85-90 but it would wobble a little so I stuck around 80.

To combat the scratching the frame problem I bought pipe insulation (aka pool noodles) for $5 and put them on over the top tubes so no worries about the rack scratching anything.

Just be aware that the rack can only fit tires <= 2.5inch or else you need to buy the wider platforms from amazon which are like $15 for a pair or something if you have a fat bike.

u/chintapop · 1 pointr/vancouver

I don't know, I use an Allen Sports bike rack and it works great. I've used it on highways and gravel roads, both were fine. It also doesn't scratch the paint, although the bike itself definately does.

u/gnarmonica · 1 pointr/mazda3

I have these roof bars on my 2012 Mazda3 hatch, and I'm happy with it. Price is way cheaper than the Mazda OEM bars. Some wind noise beginning at 40mph, but if you listen to music, it's easily tuned out.

As for the bike rack, you've got a lot of options here, but brand wise you're probably looking at either Thule or Yakima. I went with the Yakima Forklift and I love it. As long as you can easily pop off your front wheel, this is fast and extremely stable (plus if you buy the additional locking mechanism for like $20, the skewer key-locks your fork in place). You can't go wrong with Thule either, but I find Yakima is typically cheaper for a similar product.

u/how_did_that_go · 1 pointr/bicycling

I've been using a swagman rack for about 5 years and it works great.

u/nate81 · 1 pointr/Kayaking

If i bought these for my car...... could i buy these to fit?

u/ThePooseJuicer · 1 pointr/kia

No class 2 for the Soul as the towing capacity is too low.

Looks like this should work for you. Fits in a Class 1 and includes an adapter for a Class 2 should you ever need it.

u/taytos · 1 pointr/MTB

I use this one. I usually always have two bikes on it with no problems. Its cheap, easy to use, and can be switched over to other cars without a hassle.

u/CatintheHat122 · 1 pointr/SubaruForester

These are the J hooks:

Lifetime Warranty TMS® 2 Pairs...

u/UnicodeConfusion · 1 pointr/cycling

I should mention that before my monkeybar rack I had this: rack, I was able to put 4 bikes up with some additional foam, it was as dense as I could get and you had to take a bike off to get at the one behind it but it worked really well and was very sturdy.

u/kimbo305 · 1 pointr/bicycling

Trunk/hatch mounts are probably the most versatile by being unmountable when you don't need it.

Roof and hitch racks are stronger. Hitch racks are safer in that you won't ever bash the bike into a garage or low roof.

For your use case, a trunk mount is probably fine. This one is pretty good:

u/EMTsNightmare · 1 pointr/bicycling

I think it's the older version of the Allen Sports Ultra compact bike rack no profit link

But I bought it last summer and swear I paid less than the $56 they are asking for now. The only issue I have with it is that I haven't been able to get it to sit perfectly vertical on my car so the bike water bottle cages end up leaning against the central support. But I've driven a few hundred miles with my bikes on the car and haven't had any problems with it.

u/stormy_llewellyn · 1 pointr/MINI


I did a search on this topic in this sub just yesterday. There seem to be a couple schools of thought. One is the mini racks, which can cost a ton, and the other is a regular basic trunk rack that you would put on most any car.

I'm in that second group. Call it, "poorish, but still drives a mini" lol...this is the one I'm looking at

If you search the sub for "bike rack" you'll see tons of past posts and lots of good feedback. Enjoy the new mini!!

u/shark969 · 1 pointr/bicycling

Roof racks are a pain and expensive. We all know people who got them because they look cool on a Saab, and I refuse to become that guy. Hitch mount racks are better I think. Having a hitch mounted to your car and buying this is still way cheaper a Thule roof rack system. I have the Swagman and love it. Takes literally 3 seconds to get your bike on and off it. As for the Kayak, I also use this

u/mountingblockinfo · 1 pointr/AskNOLA

dude, just order one of these. If your vin is visible through you windshield put a sticker over it.

booters arent allowed to touch your car to check your plate/vin

u/circaatomicage · 1 pointr/bicycling

Same here. Good product. It folds up so you can put it in a trunk, too. $125 on Amazon.

u/mattb709 · 1 pointr/MTB

I'm looking into a hitch bike rack. I have a 2014 Trek 3500 and a 1999 GMC Sierra.

I've been looking at this one. Its in my price range. I'm not too sure what to look for. Is this a good rack? Any suggestions?

u/ukarmy04 · 1 pointr/bikecommuting

I use the Thule Raceway Pro Trunk Mount with my Mazda 3. At the time I bought it, I didn't realize there was a cheaper version in the form of the Saris Bones rack, but I still got a pretty good Amazon Warehouse deal for it at $260.

I made a post here, if you're curious how far it sticks out from the car.

u/ho_ball930 · 1 pointr/JeepRenegade

Allen Sports Deluxe 2-Bike Trunk...

Is this what you mean? I got this a few years ago and I love it. Super simple to put on and take off, the hooks don’t damage the paint at all as long as it’s installed correctly and it’s very easy to put two bikes on it. I was initially worried about the “spoiler” of the Renegade getting bent awkwardly with this but it’s sturdy enough that it can take the weight.

u/krispzz · 1 pointr/MTB

I have this $100 hitch-mount two bike carrier and I like it, especially for the price. I use a short piece of accessory cord (i.e. rope) to tie down the back tire to the tray because of the steep top tube angle on my FS bike, but if you have a flat top tube that probably isn't necessary. Only complaint is that the ball bearing in the detent pins rusts a bit if you leave it on the car long term. Now that I'm not taking my bike to work due to the time change I just leave the whole assembly in my trunk because it folds up.

u/dave_the_nerd · 1 pointr/Cartalk

I know everybody gets the Yakima and Thule racks, but they're super-expensive. I've been very happy with this one.

The Curt brand hitches are fairly affordable, and installation is usually bolt-on. (Easy DIY.)

u/justfred · 1 pointr/subaru

I have an 11 Forester. I like my Thule rack, it's easy to adjust, easy to put on and off, and holds the bike well. I got mine from Craigslist for around $60 - new ones were stupid-expensive. I've got a couple of bikes, some of them are annoying to have to take apart to fit inside.

Edit: Thule Raceway Pro:

u/frewh · 1 pointr/bicycling

Thank you so much. Looks like this one will work too

u/NotFlameRetardant · 1 pointr/hitchhiking

I don't know if you've got the space or care to carry the weight, but you might want to look into carrying a compact bike rack. I don't use this for hitchhiking but I have used it to carry my bike many miles on the interstate. That'd definitely open up your options if people are willing.

This is one I've had for about a year now. it's about 6-7 lbs and can fold into a backpack

u/PokefanCody · 1 pointr/MTB

The Saris Bones series of trunk mount racks are really nice. The only issue we have run into with ours is that you can't comfortably fit two 29ers on it at one time. This can be solved with the bones 3.

u/mn_biker · 1 pointr/MTB

I bought a roof mount Yakima ski rack 14 years ago on the advice that it would serve me well across multiple cars over many years for many different purposes, and that has played out saving money in the long run. I would pick either Yakima or Thule and buy a good set of bars and the right towers then just go with it for many years. Who knows how long you'll have your Subie.

I most recently purchased the Yakima Forklift rack with the idea that I could use it on my Yakima round bars or on my wife's car with factory bars, or whatever car I have in the future.

As it relates to wind noise, roof mount is worse but you get used to and the Yakima Windjammer works suprisingly well. I notice very little difference in gas mileage, maybe a loss of 2-3 mpg with a very thirsty Jeep Grand Cherokee.

u/iFlyAllTheTime · 1 pointr/cycling

Have a look at this: Allen Sports Deluxe 2-Bike Trunk Mount Rack

I drive a VW sedan and I've no issues with it.
I've been using it every weekend for the last three months. Does the job well and I didn't have to break the bank for it.

I would recommend cork or rubber bushing on the inside of metal brackets to avoid paint damage though.

u/Dartht33bagger · 1 pointr/MTB

I bought a Swagman XC last season to use a bike rack and I haven't had any issues so far. All of the weight of the bike is still on the wheels. I just make sure the frame is nice and clean where the frame holder comes into contact with it.

u/Starwind0 · 1 pointr/bikecommuting

Went with the Thule everyone! The sportrack ticked me off by putting a counterfit listing on amazon, pretending it was a Thule, so all my trust went out the window.

Not exactly sexy.. but looks solid. Does what I need. Also I just need to order something at this point!

u/dunger · 1 pointr/MTB

These Allen racks are pretty decent for the price. We used the 3 bike version on my wife's car for a while and it worked well. Eventually we upgraded to a 5 bike Thule rack when my wife got a new car with a 2" receiver. The Thule is nicer, but also more expensive. If you are set at the $150 price range the Allen rack is a good option. If you have a 2" receiver I would recommend going with the 4 or 5 bike version just to give you more room on the rack. The 3 bike version is a bit cramped with 3 bikes but it does work. With this hanging style rack you will probably need the cross bar adapters for full suspension bikes. Or any bike that does not have a straight top tube. Any brand will work but I linked the Allen one below since it is only $15. Also we used a bungee cord to keep the bikes from swinging.

u/lykqid · 1 pointr/GolfGTI

The least expensive option for bike racks is going to be a trunk mount bike rack. Even the name brand racks are less than $150.

Thule Passage - $150

Yakima Hang Out - $100

Allen Sports (Amazon Choice) - $40

I used a cheap rack, like the last option, I got off craigslist for years, never had an issue. The trick is to tighten everything when you mount the rack, then re-tighten after you mount the bikes. Whether you want options like folding arms, is up to you, but that's a good option if you are keeping the rack on 24/7.

u/Kazaji · 1 pointr/bicycling

I have the exact same car as you, Mazda3 Sedan

I have this rack

Works perfectly, no complaints. Easy to put on and take off. Super cheap too.

I've taken it on the highway and on bumpy side roads. No unnecessary swaying or bouncing

u/scruit · 1 pointr/Justrolledintotheshop

How does this kind of thing work on a ball?

Does it require 2 more attachments to the car?

u/truffleshuffler · 1 pointr/BurningMan

Oh sorry I mighta been confused about your question. So a simple bike rack is what I was referencing re: $30. Some fit 2 bikes, some 3. Buy one shaped for your general ride (e.g. Sedan vs. SUV). In addition to that, I am modifying a bike trailer to pull around friends/ladies/ice. Like this one! Gonna put some pillows or parts of an office chair on it. We'll see...

u/Scads · 1 pointr/MTB

Here is one

Here is anther with 2.

Here is another. - albeit that one has bad reviews - so I'd be careful.

Here is a wall one.

Thule brand.

u/burgher89 · 1 pointr/Crosstrek

I have ancient Yakima bars I got from my parents when they upgraded, and recently bought the ForkLift system for bikes. It's a fork mount, so as long as you're okay with stowing the fronts in the trunk it'll work. You could always get tire racks, or buy a rack that doesn't require you to take the front tire off. I trust fork mount racks more, but a lot of that comes down to preference.

Total cost of bars and 2 ForkLift racks below is $707

u/highroller038 · 1 pointr/SubaruForester

This straps into your hatch and is only $40. I bought mine from Walmart

u/halfspace · 1 pointr/XVcrosstrek

Unfortunately their 20% deal ended yesterday. This deal is pretty much over but you might still be able to grab a deal on amazon. Trek and most resellers have already gone back to the normal price.

Saris Superclamp EX 2-Bike Rack

u/200kWJ · 1 pointr/XVcrosstrek

If you do look at hitch mounts, go with a upright type like this one. Bought one of the early models and it still works great.

u/Ezaraku · 1 pointr/cycling

Bought the ( Not that long ago and it's been working really great so far. I've taken 2 bikes on it going 60 and hitting mild bumps in the road and railroad tracks. A little budge, but not much movement. It's pretty secure. With that said, I don't think I would take it on long road trips, because the little budge that it does make sometimes worries me.

u/BobbyCf · 1 pointr/Cartalk

I have a Scion Xa and I put a hitch on it for a bike rack. I bought this hitch: Took it to a shop and they installed in it ten minutes for something around $30. I bought this rack: I've had three bike on it from Florida to Maryland and back, as well as numerous trips throughout Florida with it. My suggestion is to get bungee cords to secure them. Also, just make sure the pedal closest to your car is up so it doesn't scratch up your bumper. Hope this helps.

u/FlyingBeefTaco · 1 pointr/bicycling

I use this one. Its so tiny and I've taken it on a couple 150 mile trips. Allen makes a 2 bike model with a similar design for $60 at Walmart.

u/Beep_Beep_Jeep · 1 pointr/JeepRenegade

Sure thing, it's a Swagman XC I purchased off Amazon, link below.

I didn't want to spend too much on a carrier, and my coworker has had one for about 4 years with no problems.

It probably weighs about 20 pounds, but attaches and removes pretty easy. I've had it hold a mountain bike and a road bike with no issues, but I usually detach it and leave it in the house.


u/eytan12 · 1 pointr/MTB

I bought this QR mount and just screwed it on to a an old shelf i found. This cancels out toppling over. I also throw couple of straps from sides for good measure. With front wheel off i can fit my full suspension in to a Honda fit. I also bought a $5 tarp at home depot and throw that under the bike to protect interior.
The front wheel i just strap down with bungee cords so it doesn't move around.

u/mxtrav · 1 pointr/MTB

I have this one by Allen Sports and it works sufficiently. I'm sure their 3-bike version is comparable.

It is easily installed/uninstalled, and easy to mount the bike on. Seems sturdy enough, I haven't had any reason to be worried about it breaking or my bike falling off. Haven't noticed any scratches on my car or anything like that either.

u/mikebchicago · 1 pointr/chicago

If you have prime you can have it here by Friday afternoon. Easy to install, and it will work on most cars as far as I can tell (I have a hatchback, so not a trunk like the one pictured)

u/802bikeguy_com · 1 pointr/bicycling

The saris bones rack is very popular and fits many vehicles.

u/therapistofpenisland · 1 pointr/ebikes

I was limited to 1 1/4" hitches (car's a lease, needed to use only OEM parts), which meant this was one of the only options, but it is great:

If you can do a 2" hitch then Hollywood makes a great one, too:

It comes in both dual fat tire or fat+regular tire versions.

u/generationfourth · 1 pointr/MTB

I've been a fan of these amazon tray style racks. That is the current one I own, and I had a much cheaper variation that I used previously for 10 years before it got rear ended (I actually bent it back and my buddy is using it still). For extra security I use a 12mm chain and huge lock directly to the hitch mount.

u/coherent-rambling · 1 pointr/Kayaking

Getting a cheap rack is the hard part. I'm not sure what's available for the Accord, but you might even want to check with your dealer. My Mazda 3 offered a Mazda-branded Yakima Whispbar, which was already slightly cheaper from Mazda than it was from Yakima. But by getting the Mazda part number and searching online, I found it for about half price, I think around $250.

Once you've figured out a rack, the cradles are easy. I don't know how the big brands get away with the prices they ask. I've had this set for two years now, and they're holding up great. And yes, that's $50 for 4 J-cradles, sufficient to carry two boats. The mounting system will work with either round or aero bars and seems very sturdy.

u/AnusFreeSince93 · 1 pointr/bikecommuting

I have a split commute (10 miles by car, 10.5 by bike each way). You NEED a hitch if you are driving every day with your bike. Bikes and cars are not friends, and use of a trunk mount rack regularly will scratch your car. Uhaul will install it for $200.

I use the Swagman Unit it takes literally 2 seconds to put your bike on and off. I keep it on my car most of the time. It gets a little rusty from the rain/snow, but nothing that some WD 40 can't take care of. It's quicker and easier to use than other styles of bike racks. Only thing to make sure of is that your cables are not located externally on top of your bike's top tube since the arm from this unit clamps down on the frame from the top, so it can wear down on the cable. Most modern bikes either have internal routing or have the cables on the bottom, rather than on top, so it wouldn't be a problem in that scenario.

Feel free to ask if you have any other questions about the split commute. I've been doing it for years, so I feel like I've been through the ringer on all potential issues.


u/fadecomic · 1 pointr/XVcrosstrek

I've got budget crossbars and budget j-racks from amazon. The crossbars are CargoLoc, and they have a decent set of reviews on Amazon. They fit nicely. I'm not sure I 100% trust the locking mechanism that clamps the bars to the rails, so I tie them off to the roof rails to be sure. The bars themselves are extruded aluminum and are fine. If you tie a loop of good rope around the rails as a backup, well, that's not that different from the plastic strap that holds expensive Timberline towers onto the rails. The kayak racks are kayak racks. They're just metal bars and some bolts and plates that hold the racks to the crossbars. The ones I got are budget, but they also have very good reviews from users. They're functionally identical to more expensive racks.

I know some will disagree, and I probably would, too, if I used them more regularly. The CargoLocs certainly are not pretty.


Lots of Crosstreks in the crossbar reviews.

u/cbwb · 1 pointr/askcarsales

I'm getting a hitch on my Murano for bike rack only too. It won't have wiring. I had the same question. $200 including install and parts (U-haul). For the $40 install i'll let them do it. I have a 2014 Murano and I think the exhaust has to be "dropped" to access the mounting holes. I think on the newer version you cant just use a jack and mount it without having to move anything. Still not sure it's worth the trouble to diy. I wish I could get a rack to fit my current one and switch it to my new car, but apparently I can't.

I might be getting a 2020 and wondering if I should just spring for the $400 tow package...not sure if that's factory or dealer installed.

I got a Swagman rack (for 2 bikes). We were using it on our Tahoe until we had to get rid of it. LOVE this style bike rack!

u/prettylittleliar12 · 1 pointr/bicycling

Thanks for your reply. hitches are pretty neat I looked into it I might get one in the future but for now the hitch was more expensive than my bike. I asked at uhaul, they're costly. I ended up getting this bike rack from amazon for $ 34. I went to a bike store and they assisted installing it on my car ( I could've done it at home but I wanted to make sure I learn how to install it right the first time). I went home and secured the tires and went on a 12 hours trip, i didnt even have to tighten the straps on the's pretty damn sturdy when it's installed the right way. I was very surprised with how good it does the job and very satisfied. it was worth it.

u/SilverDan111 · 1 pointr/RadPowerBikes

I got the overdrive. It supports 2 bikes. I think they make it for just 1 bike as well.

u/Shpox · 1 pointr/bicycling

I might go check one out. The only one that looks semi-reliable at my LBS is this: Allen 102D Trunk Deluxe 2 Bike Car Rack

Amazon reports mixed reviews, including some that are quite scary.