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The Best Car Bike Racks on Amazon, According to Hyperenthusiastic Reviewers

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Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy, but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed products and single out the most convincing. While we’ve covered the best elliptical and step machines, treadmills, and exercise bikes, here we’re zeroing in on the best bike racks for cars, as reviewed on Amazon, so you can take your workout on the road. While you’re here, check out our list of the best commuter bikes, helmets, bike racks for home, and locks, as recommended by experts. (Note that reviews have been edited for length and clarity.)

Best trunk-mounted bike racks

Tyger Auto TG-RK2B202B Deluxe Black 2-Bike Trunk Mount Bike Rack

“After going back and forth on whether to buy this bike rack versus a Thule rack that cost three times as much, I am so happy I decided on this one. I purchased it to haul two expensive bikes seven hours on freeways and winding mountain roads on my Mazda 5. The rack is sturdy and very good quality. It was easy to mount on the car, didn’t slip or loosen at all even with frequent opening of the back of the car, and didn’t scratch or damage my car at all. It held the bikes tight with no bouncing or jiggling, and I was able to mount my women’s bike without a cross-bar adapter. This bike rack is far better quality than the price suggests, and it’s not just good quality for the price. It’s a good-quality rack.”

Hollywood Racks F1B The Original 3-Bike Trunk Mount Rack

“This is an amazing, versatile, and sturdy bike rack. So much nicer than the hitch-mounted rack we had before, which rocks all over the place. Easily fits three bikes (packed correctly) and is easy to put on and load up. We used it on our Honda Civic on a road trip from Utah to Washington. We even used it on our Subaru Outback, which it isn’t approved for. It folds up nicely when not in use. Love it!”

Allen Sports Deluxe 2-Bike Trunk Mounted Bike Rack

“I was really worried about buying a bike rack for my transcontinental trip. I had nightmares of my bike falling off my car on the highway. But I took a chance and got this modestly priced bike rack over a well-known, expensive brand like Thule because I don’t have that kind of money. I AM SO HAPPY. Not only was my bike rock-solid secure on the rack (with the help of locks and bungee cords, of course), and the rack extremely secure on my car (straps didn’t budge an inch while in motion), but this bike rack can take anything. I drove up Pikes Peak in Colorado, across the rain-soaked plains, over the Rocky Mountains, in crazy-hot temperatures, in cool temperatures, in dry and wet climates, at all levels of incline, at 90 mph on Utah highways, on bumpy, crazy park roads, and more. I’m just so glad that my bike was safe.”

Hollywood Racks F4 Heavy Duty 4-Bike Trunk Mount Rack

“This thing was rock-solid!! We used it to cart three bikes from Michigan, to and all around the mountains in Colorado, and back home again, and this rack was the bomb. We always checked the straps when we were stopped but never needed to adjust or tighten anything. It worked perfectly for our vacation. Very strong and secure and very easy to install. Highly recommend!!”

Saris Bones 2-Bike Trunk Rack

“It is the best bike rack I have ever owned! The fit is incredible. I can even open the trunk lid on my Infinity G37X with the rack on! Very cool. Being able to adjust the two ‘arms’ that hold the bike ensures that you can make any type of bike fit without hanging it at an awkward angle. The design is cool, too: It actually looks good on the car, which is very unusual for a bike rack. The rubber feet are nice and big, and the straps, buckle, and hooks are perfect — everything was apparently thought through by the designers of this rack. Good work!”

Best hitch-mounted bike racks

Hollywood Racks HR1400 Sport Rider SE 4-Bike Platform Style Hitch Mount Rack

“Simply the BEST. It’s pricey, but well worth it. This is the simplest bike rack I have ever seen. My brother-in-law has a rack that hangs the bikes on. It takes a lot of work to pick the bikes up, make sure we don’t pinch wires, and tighten down the free-moving wheels. This one: Drop it down, adjust the bars, tighten down with the straps, lock down the adjustable bar, DONE! Nice that I can remove the secondary rack when transporting one to two bikes. Well-constructed. Home run here!”

Swagman Chinook 2-Bike Hitch Bike Rack

“This bike rack is the envy of all of our biking friends. We unload and load in a fraction of the time it takes them. The bikes are rock-solid on the rack, and the fact that you can lock both the rack and the bicycles in the rack is awesome. It folds up while attached to the car to a minimal profile, and is super easy to attach to the car. I wish I could give it more than five stars; it has really been that fantastic. The ability to fold inward to a low profile and outward to allow access to the back hatch is fantastic. All of our biking friends envy this bicycle rack and say this will be the next rack the purchase. You can’t go wrong with this one!”

Allen Sports Deluxe 4-Bike Hitch Mounted Bike Rack

“Don’t pay more to carry bikes — this is all you need. I recently used this rack on my Toyota Venza during a 700-mile trip and it performed flawlessly. With zero noise, I frequently forgot it was hanging off the back of the car. There was no side-to-side movement and very little bounce over rough roads (using the supplied anti-wobble bolt). The locking pins for tilt and folding are solid and very easy to use. Since the whole assembly tilts backward, accessing the tailgate was painless. The frame holders are flexible and rotate, which makes securing odd-shaped frames less difficult. The straps are sturdy and have sealed/melted ends to prevent fraying.”

Allen Sports Premier Hitch Mounted Bike Rack

“Wow! This is a steal! I cannot believe the incredible quality of this bike rack for the cost. I am so thankful that Allen Sports makes such quality equipment for such reasonable prices. For starters, this rack was incredibly easy to assemble and only required two wrenches. All the components have a very high-quality, sturdy feel to them. I have a one-and-a-quarter-inch hitch, and it fit beautifully. Once the bolts were tightened in place, the rack stayed secure in my hitch with hardly any jostle at all. I have been able to safely and securely transport my bicycle all over! I’ve driven on 75-mph highways, and rough country roads, and this rack is the real deal. Do yourself a favor and buy yours today, so you can get out on the trail!”

Yakima Products RidgeBack Hitch Bike Rack (4-Bike)

“Love, love, love this hitch bike rack. This is solid as a rock! Hitch goes in easy, locks and never loosens over a four-day bike trip. Love the tilt feature to get in my Highlander, very smart idea. Putting your bike on with three … ratchet clips is so fast and holds your bikes tight on highways and in high winds. Worth every penny to keep my bikes and SUV safe and worry-free.”

Best car-roof bike racks

Yakima Frontloader Bike Mount

“These are outstanding. I was very impressed with the quality of the product, the clarity of the labeling on the rack itself, the instructions, and the cleverness of the overall design. It made for a flawless unboxing, installation, and first use. I wish every product could deliver that same experience.”

Thule Sidearm Roof Rack

“Love this rack. Makes getting a bike on a roof as simple as possible. I definitely didn’t want to have to take off a wheel. Securing the front wheel with the Side Arm is really easy. Just lay the bike in the mount with the arm lying flat over the front windshield, then rotate the arm up over the tire, and pull it down to secure the bike. Ideal for lazy guys like me.”

RockyMounts TieRod

“I can’t say enough good things about this product. I’ve been using RockyMounts products since 2004 and I’ve never been disappointed. This is a solid, well-engineered, stylish cycling rack at an amazing price point. I have put thousands of highway miles on my RockyMounts carrying both road bikes and mountain bikes without incident. Carrying bikes on top of the car, in my opinion, is the best way to carry a bike. No scratches on the car, and no scratches on the bike. At this price, definitely buy two!”

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The Best Car Bike Racks on Amazon, According to Reviewers