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How Do You Use A Hitch Bike Rack?

Posted By Michelle C. Painter

Using a hitch bike rack is pretty simple and intuitive. Although different models have different mechanism, most hitch bike racks work in similar ways.

WIth that said, there are about 6 steps involved to get used to your bike rack and use it comfortably.

Let’s see the steps in details right below!

Step 1: Installing the rack on your vehicle

Installing The Rack On Your Vehicle
Installing The Rack On Your Vehicle

When using a hitch bike rack, you do need to install a trailer hitch on your truck or car. Commonly, class 3 or 4 hitches will be suitable for SUVs and vans. Here are some good brands you can check out:

  • Towever
  • CURT
  • Connor

Once you’ve got a hitch installed, you can set up the hitch rack on. Imagine the rack kind of like the letter L. Now, you will slide the horizontal bar, or the receiver, into the hitch opening.

Depending on your hitch size, the opening can be 1.25 inches or 2 inches. After you slide that part in, you can secure it with a pin and some type of wire.

On many models, you will have a hand turn knob to tighten things up. You can then turn the knob to adjust the tension and make sure the connection is tight.

This is basically all you need to do in step 1.

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