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    Tow Bar (Hitch) Mounted Bicycle Rack for 5 Bicycles

    I recently purchased a new car well it was a used car (Second Hand) but I asked for a strong tow bar (Hitch) to be included. The garage installed the strongest tow bar (Hitch) they had. It is rated at 100kg (220lb) vertical load (Nose Load)

    Now I am looking for a recommendation on a hitch mounted bicycle rack that is strong enough to hold five full size adult bicycles.

    Many Thanks

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    You need to do more research on this - I'm in the market for a new car that would take a 4 bike carrier in a hitch receiver. All of my research indicates that to safely carry 4 or more bikes, you'll need a Class 3 hitch, 2" size. But that's not all - most, if not all, of the Class 3 hitches are designed to be mounted on SUVs. I'd imagine that the unibody construction of most cars is of insufficient strength to take the load, especially if the load bounces, like the cantilevered load of 5 bikes will do. Check out e-trailer.com for carriers, hitches, and then match up your car to see what works.

    You don't want to overload the car and cause body damage or lose the hitch or carrier and the 5 bikes on it. Good luck with your search - you might end up with some bikes on the back of the car and the rest on the roof.

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