More intuitive design, the capability to carry fat bikes, and systems that include security are just some of the latest innovations in bicycle racks. We’ve spent the last three months testing bike racks around Los Angeles and making the high speed 305-mile drive from L.A. to Mammoth Lakes. Our faves are below. And no matter what rack you buy, do yourself a favor and watch an install video before unboxing — it will save you plenty of time and frustration.
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Best Hitch Mount: Yakima Dr. Tray
One of the easiest and a quickest racks to assemble and install, the new Dr. Tray is available for both 1.25” and 2” hitches. Incredibly versatile, the Dr. Tray can handle road, mountain, and fat-tire bikes (up to 5” tires.) With 18” between the trays and tool-free adjustable spacing, it takes only a few seconds to ensure that your bikes won't interfere with each other. [$579; outdoorplay.com]
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Best Econo Hitch: Thule DoubleTrack Pro
At $350, the new Double Track Pro is hundreds less than most similar high-end racks. Similar to last year's game changing T2 Pro, the DoubleTrack Pro folds away when not in use and is available for both 2” and 1.25” mounts. In addition to two wheel mounts per bike, it also includes frame clamps for added stability. [amazon.com $350]