Hitch-Mounted Bike Rack

I have a new bike rack!

For years I have fought with roof mount racks on top of an SUV.  If you have ever tried, they are very difficult to use unless you are 6′ 6″ or have a small step ladder handy.  Now that I am considering replacing the SUV with something smaller and more economical, I installed a hitch-tray bike rack – a Yakima Holdup 2″ (the 2″ refers to the hitch size).  Go figure.  I may just have to keep the Touareg.

I can’t say enough about this rack.  It is easy to use.  It holds all of my bikes without ever touching the frames.  This is a very real consideration for the carbon fibre bikes.  The bikes stay in view while I am driving.  When they were on the roof, I was always wondering if the bikes were OK.  The rack includes an integrated locking system for each of the bikes.  I can leave the bikes unattended and not worry about them being stolen – at least for a short while.  It is built like a tank.  It is solid, strong and, although heavy, easy to lift up and down.  And, it looks good on the vehicle.  Right?

The feature list from Yakima’s website follows –

  • NEW Side-to-side adjustability that reduces bike to bike interference
  • Quick and easy assembly within minutes (provided you alreadyv have a 2″ hitch)
  • StrongArm™ design enables you to load your bike quickly whether it’s a 20” wheel or a 29’er
  • Zero contact with the bike frame. Accommodates carbon road bikes as well as disc brakes, thru axles and full suspension bikes.
  • Tilts down with bikes loaded for rear of vehicle access
  • Compact design – bike trays fold up when not in use
  • Comes with fully integrated security. Locks bike to rack and rack to vehicle (SKS LOCK CORES included).
  • Premium glossy black finish
  • Metal bottle opener is best friend approved
  • Carries 2 bikes out of the box, or 4 bikes with optional HoldUp +2.  I have used the +2 and had 4 bikes on the back and 2 on the roof when we wanted to road and mountain bike on the same weekend.

It is so convenient, I find I load the Garneau bike and drive to one of the hills I frequent for repeat climbs rather than spending an additional 75 minutes riding there and back.  This way I can spend more time climbing or fit a workout in late in the day.

If you need a rack, I would strongly recommend a hitch mount over a rooftop, even for the smaller vehicles.