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Find the right Bike Racks online for your vehicle, your needs and your bike types.

Whether you are looking for hitch racks, trunk racks, roof racks, spare tire racks or car bike rackcar/truck rack accessories, About-Bicycles has researched and selected the best online resources for bicycle car racks to help you find the right bicycle car rack online fast, easy and at great prices.

Vans and pick-ups (or a good size trunk and a removable wheel) come in very handy for bike transportation. If that is not an option though, or if you just have too many riders coming with you (my van limit is 3 (4 max if they are kid bikes)) or if you need the extra space... well you will be needing a bicycle car rack or vehicle bike rack to get to the best riding locations.

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Bicycle Car Racks Online Suppliers

REI.com has a great selection Car Racks at REI as well as great outdoor and cycling gear. Their Car Rack selections include Saris, Thule and Yakima hitch racks, trunk racks, roof racks and spare tire racks plus Bike Mount accessories for all vehicles, including cars, trucks, mini-vans, SUVs...

Performance Bicycle  has a fantastic selection of Bike Transport and Storage Systems , car racks and accessories, hitch mounts, roof mounts, pickup truck and spare tire mounts including Thule, Saris, Inno, Xport and more.

Bike Car Rack Selections and Summary

If you already know what basic type of car, truck, SUV or van bike rack you need then please see our online suppliers above for more specific information on the types of bicycle car racks that you are interested in.

Our recommended merchants carry the highest quality brands and provide helpful and very specific information for your type of cars and bike transportation needs. You may be able to get all the information that you need online, but if you can't find all of the answers that you need don't hesitate to call for help. All of our recommended suppliers have helpful support lines.

If you are just starting your search for your bicycle transport options here is a summary of some of the basic information that you need to know or consider in order to make the correct online bike rack purchase.

Bicycle Car Rack Types


Rear Mount Bike Racks

Rear mount bike racks are the most popular vehicle bike racks and Trunk-Mounted Racks and Hitch-Mounted Racks are the most popular types of the rear mount bike racks. It's easy to load and unload bikes from rear mount bike racks and many come with swing away or fold down options to allow easy access to your trunk or cargo area.

Trunk-Mounted Racks - These bike racks will fit most vehicles and are easy to install and remove. There is a large selection to choose from and they are usually the most affordable. Trunk-mounted racks usually hold 2 to 3 bicycles but some models can hold up to 4 bikes.

Hitch-Mounted Racks - Requires a permanent hitch installed on the vehicle. If you already have a hitch installed on your vehicle, this may be the best option. Hitch-mounted bike racks can hold from 2 to 4 bikes and some models will carry 5 bikes (dependent on you hitch capacity). There are 2 kinds of hitch racks. The Tray Rack option has a tray for the bike tire and the bike stands upright. The Tube Top style hold bikes by the frame.

Spare Tire Bike Racks - These bike racks are limited to vehicles with a spare tire attached to the back of the vehicle and are usually only rated to hold 2 bikes max.

Roof Mount Bike Racks

Roof-Mount bike racks are not as popular as rear mount bike racks, but they do have some advantages and features not available with rear mounted bike racks. Roof-mount racks allow easy access to your trunk or cargo area and you may need a roof mount bike rack if you are pulling a camper, trailer, boat, etc. behind your car. These bike racks are also good for carrying recumbent and tandem bikes. Roof mount bike racks are available in fork mount (with the bikes front wheel removed) or upright mount.

Pickup Truck Bike Racks

If you have a pickup truck then you have this option. Pickup truck racks are very inexpensive, keep your bikes separated and allow for very easy loading and unloading of the bikes.