Consider This When Looking for a New Perfect Bike Rack
To narrow down your choices, there are a couple of important factors that you need to take into consideration when you are out shopping for your bike rack.
Attachment System. Several different attachment arrangements can be utilized with a bike rack for an SUV. However, the two that we zeroed in on for this list are hitch racks and trunk mount racks. Both of these racks are quick and easy to both install and uninstall, making them a great choice for someone who wants to ride one day, but not keep the rack on for the following day.
Number of Bikes. Depending on the number of bikes that you want to transport, you’ll need to decide on the size of the bike rack you need. It might not be a bad idea to buy a rack with a bit more capacity than you currently require, as a backup in case you need to take more bikes along with you in the future.
Weight Limit. When you are buying a bike rack you need to keep the weight of your bikes and the weight limit of the rack in mind. You certainly don’t want to damage your bikes or the rack during transport, so make sure you get a rack that can handle whatever types of bikes you intend to take with you.
Material. The best bike rack for SUVs is made with a strong and durable material, whether that be high-grade plastics and polymers, or aluminum and steel. Metal racks are a bit heavier but will last longer than racks that are primarily made of plastic.
This bike rack from Tyger is perfect for someone looking for a lightweight and easy to use means to transport one bike at a time. It features four straps that you attach to the top and bottom of the back hatch on your vehicle. Then, all you have to do is simply tighten them, and the rack is installed.
Another great feature for this rack are the straps that secure your bike. These soft yet durable buckles are easy to tighten and release, making it a snap to get your bike on and off of the rack. We also like the extra safe, padded lower arms that are designed to hold your bicycle securely without damaging your car.
Summary: If you are positive that you’ll only need to transport one bike then this is probably the best bike rack for SUV use that you’re going to find on the market today. It is quick and easy to put on and remove from your vehicle.
This sturdy and easy to install rack attaches to your vehicles hitch mount (but only if you have a 2-inch receiver). Once installed, the rack can be swung up when you need it and down and out of your way when you don’t. If, however, you decide to take this rack off when you don’t need it, installation and removal will barely take you any time at all.
The rack is made from high strength steel, making it perfect to haul the whole families bikes with ease, though you might have a bit of difficulty fitting four adult bikes on here since the spacing is a bit tight. Although, when we alternated the direction of the bikes on the rack we were able to fit four bikes with only a small amount of maneuvering.
Summary: This rack is strong, easy to install, and should be able to carry four adult sized bikes with ease. Just make sure that you have the correct trailer hitch size (2 inches), so you can install the rack correctly.
This is yet another high-quality hitch type bike rack that is quick and easy to set up. The sturdy steel construction has plenty of strength to hold up to four bikes, though the closeness of the straps might make this a really difficult task. During our testing, we had a tough time fitting four bikes across, though we did get it after about ten minutes of rearranging.
Possibly the coolest feature of this rack is that the arms and the rack itself can be folded out of the way when it isn’t in use. This makes it possible for you to get into the back of your vehicle without removing the rack first, which is extremely helpful.
Summary: This rack is quick and easy to install and built to last. While the bike attachment straps are a bit close together, we loved how easy it was to move it out of the way when it wasn’t in use.