The trunk bike rack is the most popular carrier for your bicycle due to the compatibility and ease of use. The roof bike rack is the alternative but the total height of the car is increased significantly that may cause issues with height restricted areas.
The best trunk bike racks can hold more bikes than the alternative and is much easier to use. Putting your bike on a roof requires a “step up” and often a second person to help fasten it down or taking the bikes down. The trunk bike carrier will always be the best method of bicycle transportation.
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Best Bike Racks For Car Trunks
|Trunk Bike Rack||Number Of Bikes||Rating|
|Allen Sports Deluxe||4||4.8|
|Allen Sports Deluxe||2||4.5|
|Saris Bones 801||3||4.9|
High quality trunk bike carriers are often lightweight and can connect to the trunk of your vehicle in a range of ways that are safe for the bodywork.
The bicycles themselves are placed on the carrier support arms and securely fastened with neoprene rubber straps. The cheaper bike trunk racks usually do not have an option to lock the bike to the trunk/vehicle. This is a worry because the bike can easily be stolen whilst the car is parked up or standstill.
The best trunk bike racks are fairly cheap to buy, reliable and much easier to use than the alternatives. Below are the best trunk racks to buy.
Thule Passage Bike Trunk Mount Carrier
Thule are a premium car accessories manufacturer producing the best roof cargo carriers as well as bike carriers. Thule Passage range has the choice of a 2 or 3 bike carrier that uses a patented “FitDial” hub for a perfect fit to your cars rear end.
The “Passage” model that is in this review is the cheapest Thule bike rack compared to the alternative Thule models that offer various other features. With the passage model, we strongly recommend getting the Thule Bike Rack Lock to ensure maximum security for your bikes.
The features that stand out are narrow cradle support arms for compatibility with a range of bikes, protective cushion pads to protect the vehicles bodywork, six straps and an anti-sway functionality to prevent the bikes hitting each other.
Thule offer a limited lifetime warranty with this trunk bike rack as well as mounting hardware and detailed instructions for the installation.
Thule have been around since the early 1940’s and this product is one of the best trunk bike racks for the majority of cars.
Allen Sports Deluxe 4 Bike Trunk Mount Rack
If the Thule trunk bike rack does not offer the 4 bike compatibility you require, Allen Sports is the best alternative. With the ability to fit the majority of sedans, SUVs, minivans and hatchbacks you can carry up to 4 bikes.
Allen Sports claim that you can install their trunk bike rack in seconds using the patented tie-down system. As with Thule, they offer a limited lifetime warranty that will give you piece of mind when buying this bike trunk carrier.
Overall, the Allen Sports trunk bike rack is very sturdy and offers great value for money. It is the best trunk bike rack for carrying multiple bikes (four in total) and at half the price of many premium manufacturers.
Allen Sports Deluxe 2-Bike Trunk Mount Rack
Another bike carrier from Allen Sports but this carrier is the best cheap trunk bike rack. At more than half of the price of the 4 bike carrier above, it provides excellent value for money whilst maintaining its quality. The only problem you would have with this product is that is can only hold 2 bicycles.
Due to the compact size, from the box it is fully assembled and requires no major setup. Simply mount it to the trunk of your vehicle in seconds. The two 12 inch support arms can hold two bikes with ease and securely.
Overall, there isn’t much to say other than its great value for money for drivers looking to carry two bikes on their trunks. Its a simple and sturdy method of transporting your bikes without a long or stressful installation.
Hollywood Racks Over-The-Top Trunk Mounted Bike Rack
An alternative to the standard trunk bike rack is the “Over The Top” style that benefits from a high risen frame that prevent strap damage to the vehicles bodywork. It works by using the roof rack as an anchor over the top of the trunk.
For cars with spoilers, this is the best over the top bike rack to prevent damage to spoilers. The spoiler can suffer defects after use of a bike rack if you choose a poorly made example.
The design of this “Over The Top” trunk bike rack is spot on and allows the majority of car trunks to open without the need of taking it off. Its a great alternative to both the roof and normal trunk styled bike racks.
Saris Bones 801 3-Bike Trunk Mount Rack
Are you looking for the best looking trunk bike rack for your car? This is what Saris Bones claim that their 801 3 Bike Carrier is and we agree with them. With a range of colors available the curved design of the Saris Bones trunk bike rack looks excellent.
It is not just looks either, the molded arms are made from high quality non rusting materials that were built from 100% recyclables in the US. The curved/arc based design means that it will fit over the majority of spoilers as well as separating the bikes at different height levels.
The soft rubber feet of the trunk bike rack provided protection for your vehicle in case of contact with spring buckle straps and other features to protect the bikes also. Saris Bones also offer a lifetime warranty which is testimony to their extreme quality.
How To Install A Trunk Bike Rack
Its critical that you install the rear mounted bike rack securely because you can be at risk of it coming loose and falling off. This will result in bike(s) becoming damaged at a few thousands dollars worth of damage.
A trunk bike rack can usually hold up to 4 bicycles without any modifications to your car. The installation is fairly easily with most coming with instructions of how to install it to the rear of your vehicle. If not, below is a tutorial of how to install a trunk bike rack.
- Place the upper support bars on the top of the trunk lid and lower support bars below the license plate. Instructions for your particular trunk bike rack will show the best location for your vehicle type i.e. sedan or SUV.
- Connect hooks to the top edge of the trunk that attach to the upper straps. To secure the carrier, tighten the straps whilst holding it in place.
- Connect hooks to the bottom edge of the trunk that attach to the lower straps. Once the straps have been tightened for the lower straps, the bike rack should not be able to move.
- Connect hooks for the side straps to the side of the trunk depending on your vehicle type. Ensure these are tightened fully and the rack still does not move at all.
- Place your bikes onto the carrier and check the rack is not moving with weight added. Before your journey, ensure you go for a short drive to and check for movement.