Best bike racks for cars and trucks 2024: tow bar and roof rack models reviewed

Load 'em up and roll 'em out. We test the best bike racks for cars to see which you can rely on and those that will drive you crazy

Male cyclist putting his bike onto a car bike rack
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Among the many joys of owning a bicycle is its ability to help you explore new places - and one of the best bike racks for cars will help you to get further afield for your cycling.

We've tested models from all the most popular types of bike racks, seeing how easy they are to set up and use. There are a range of different places where they mount and different methods to fix your bike to them and different models can carry differing numbers of bikes as well.

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ModelMountingBikesMax bike weight
Thule Easyfold XT2Tow bar260kg
Halfords Advanced 4Tow bar460kg
Yakima StageTwoTow bar270lb per bike
Thule Epos 2 with lightsTow bar266lb per bike
Saris Freedom 2-bikeTow bar260lb per bike
Seasucker Talon QR1Roof120kg
Peruzzo Lucky TwoRoof115kg
Hollywood F9 Express E3Boot / trunk316kg per bike
Saris BonesBoot / trunk215kg per bike
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Luke Friend has worked as a writer, editor and copywriter for twenty five years. Across books, magazines and websites, he's covered a broad range of topics for a range of clients including Major League Baseball, the National Trust and the NHS. He has an MA in Professional Writing from Falmouth University and is a qualified bicycle mechanic. He has been a cycling enthusiast from an early age, partly due to watching the Tour de France on TV. He's a keen follower of bike racing to this day as well as a regular road and gravel rider.