Whether you’re headed on a weekend trip, to the local trail system for a lunch ride or the top of your favorite descent, a good bike rack is key. It’s no fun to have to throw your bike in the back of your car, finagling it by twisting the handlebars, taking off the front wheel, lowering the seat, and so on. Not to mention muddy bikes, which can make quick work of your plush alcantara interior. (What?! You don’t have an alcantara interior??) Also, a bike rack allows you to bring tons of other stuff with you, like your buddies, your dog, a refrigerator, or whatever else tickles your fancy.
Yakima Dr. Tray
Editor’s Pick: The Dr. Tray is, hands down, one of the most stable hitch-mount bike racks I’ve ever used. The mechanism that attaches the rack to your receiver utilizes a wedge that eliminates virtually all movement and sway. The trays are also infinitly adjustable, allowing you to position both bikes exactly where you want them and elminate any chance of them rubbing against each other.
Kuat NV 2.0
If you’ve got a bike with some big, burly tires (read: 650+), the Kuat NV 2.0 is a great option. It fits tires up to 4.8 inches securely, and the 2-inch hitch model can carry four bikes so you and all of your buddies can hit the trail without having to pile bikes inside your car or up on the roof.
Thule Apex Swing
While we don’t recommend this rack for carbon fiber bikes, the Apex Swing can easily carry steel, aluminum and titanium bikes. The bikes hang from the top tube, which minimizes the rack’s footprint overall. The Apex Swing also makes use of a hinge in the bottom that gives you the option of swinging the rack out of the way to the side of the car — which is great if you need to get something out of your trunk but don’t want to take the rack off, or if it’s fully loaded with bikes.
Rocky Mounts Brass Knuckles
Boulder, Colorado-based Rocky Mounts makes some of the best roof-mounted car racks on the market. The Brass Knuckles rack is the brand’s top of the line. Unlike some other roof mounted racks, the Brass Knuckles is similar to a hitch-mounted tray rack. You don’t have to take off your front wheel and a swing arm secures your bike to the roof. Best of all, it’ll fit bikes with tire sizes from 20 inches all the way up to 29 inches.
Saris Superbones 3
In most cases, strap-on truck racks are considered a last resort. If you absolutely must have one, the Saris Superbones 3 is the way to go. It’s the most secure option and the simplest one to set up. We recommend getting the three-bike setup, even if you only have two bikes, because it allows you more ways to space the bikes out.