Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Fifty Plus (50+)
Reload this Page >

Trailer hitch bike racks

Fifty Plus (50+) Share the victories, challenges, successes and special concerns of bicyclists 50 and older. Especially useful for those entering or reentering bicycling.

Trailer hitch bike racks

Old 06-06-18, 09:47 AM
Senior Member
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Middle of the road, NJ
Posts: 3,137
Mentioned: 6 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 292 Post(s)
Liked 106 Times in 69 Posts
Originally Posted by SylvainG
Here's the one I use:

(Picture taken from that link).

Holds two bikes by the wheels and frame. Doesn't care what kind of frame you have, it will hold it straight. By holding the wheels, there is zero chance of them rubbing against your car. Some folds so they can be left on the car when not in used. Some also has a lock on that sliding curved bar on top to prevent opportunistic theft.
I had one of those, the problem is that if you have cables routed along the top of the top tube, you have to pad them so the hook doesn't put pressure on the cable and press them into the top tube. Wearing away the paint, and putting a groove in the metal.
leob1 is offline  
Old 06-06-18, 10:02 AM
Very Senior Member
Join Date: Mar 2018
Location: Always on the Run
Posts: 1,211

Bikes: Giant Quasar & Fuji Roubaix

Mentioned: 4 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 413 Post(s)
Liked 343 Times in 244 Posts
I had a Thule tray mount until I stumbled across a used hanger style for 20 bucks in a second hand store. I didn't need it, but looking at it I figured it would make a great work bench and it has. I don't have the Thule anymore because I'm always using the hanger anyway. It holds both of my bikes and with just one on it I can do all kinds of work on the bike. It also folds up for easy storage. When I'm on the road I use a locking pin on the receiver and a couple of locking cables to secure the bikes to the carrier. It's not perfect, but it's better than nothing.
Bigbus is offline  
Old 06-06-18, 01:02 PM
Master Sarcaster
pesty's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: DFW, Texas
Posts: 527

Bikes: 2018 Allez Sprint, 2016 Trek Crockett Canti

Mentioned: 10 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 190 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 2 Times in 2 Posts
If you're looking to do something cheap, I'd look at Craigslist for a good rack from Yakima, Thule, Saris, etc. I found a Thule 2-bike rack that works just fine with my Class-A hitch (it also had adapters for 2") for about $100. They didn't have the key for the bolt, so they gave it to me for $50. Bought a new bolt/lock for $35. So far it's held up great.
pesty is offline  
Old 04-13-19, 12:02 PM
Join Date: Apr 2019
Posts: 1
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts

eja_ bottecchia, how dI'd you put yoyr hitch receiver on your CLK350? what type hitch did you use? The system will not allow me to send you a direct message.
clarktrainor is offline  
Old 04-13-19, 07:11 PM
Senior Member
Join Date: Jan 2011
Posts: 2,977
Mentioned: 6 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1638 Post(s)
Liked 741 Times in 495 Posts
Originally Posted by DougG
I just got a Saris SuperClamp EX for my new car, replacing an old Thule tray rack that was much bulkier and heavier to manage (the Saris is only 35 lbs). It's higher than the price range mentioned, but they have them on sale right now for about $380. Very well designed and will hold two bikes up to 60 lbs each (not a concern for me until my wife recently started talking about an eBike!).

I have the same rack. I have been satisfied with mine.
nine mile skid on a ten mile ride
02Giant is offline  
Old 04-13-19, 09:14 PM
tcs's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Parts Unknown
Posts: 8,605

Bikes: Mike Melton custom, Alex Moulton AM, Dahon Curl

Mentioned: 37 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1660 Post(s)
Liked 1,808 Times in 1,053 Posts
Whatever hitch/bumper rack you get, make sure that your rack holds the wheels of your bike well away from the exhaust of your car. Yeah. Hot exhaust will do a number on your tubes and tires.

Guess if you have a Tesla it's a moot point.
tcs is offline  
Related Topics
Thread Starter
Last Post
General Cycling Discussion
06-06-19 07:41 AM
General Cycling Discussion
09-12-16 09:50 PM
General Cycling Discussion
09-12-16 04:39 PM
General Cycling Discussion
06-10-15 01:18 PM
11-05-10 12:23 PM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service -

Copyright © 2024 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.