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Best Bike Racks for Cars in 2022

There are many car-bike racks on the market, so finding the right one can be tricky. However, here at Telford Towbars   we’ve done the research for you and compiled a list of the top four car bike racks in that we recommend. So, without further ado, here are the best car bike racks on the market! Whether you’re looking for something simple and easy to use or something more robust, we’ve got you covered.

A question to ask yourself is how frequently do you need to carry bikes?

How many bikes?


Which vehicle or vehicles will you be using?

You may require a bike rack for your motorhome?

We are happy to advise you on any of the above here at Telford Towbars.

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Another question before you start looking is how are you planning to carry the bikes?

  1. On the top of the vehicle?
  2. Off the back of the vehicle?
  3. Does your car have a vehicle hitch?

There are many factors to consider, and one of the most important things is the value of your bike. There is no point in risking a cheap bike car rack if your bike is worth a few thousand pounds!

Bikes vary so much in cost, style, size and weight all these need to be considered.

The main types of bike rack are roof-mounted, boot or trunk-mounted and towbar or hitch-mounted.

Your one-stop destination to choose from the best bike racks for family car rides and solo adventures

Thule Pro Ride- 598

Thule Pro Ride- 598

This is one of the best bike racks for cars currently in the UK.

Why Choose Thule Pro Ride- 598?

  • Automatically positions your bike when you secure it, thanks to the uniquely designed frame holder and wheel tray
  • Pressure is spread via large, soft claw pads that adapt to your bike’s frame tubes – minimizing the risk of frame damage
  • Quick and easy bike securing – the torque limiter dial controls the force going into the bike frame with a clear sign of correct mounting
  • Safe mounting – your bike is prevented from falling thanks to the claw’s extended lower jaw
  • Stable wheels – firmly fixed in smartly designed wheel holders with diagonal quick-release wheel straps
  • Easy, tool-free interface for switching the bike rack from one side of your car to the other
  • Pre-assembled, no tools required
  • Locks the bike to the bike rack and the bike rack to the roof racks (locks included)

The Thule ProrRide is a great choice and is ideal if your bike has mudguards, because rack wont interfere with them which is different to those bike racks that hold the bike by the wheels.

You do have to clamp directly onto the down tube bike, however the jaws have been designed to minimize the risk of damage.

RockyMounts TomaHawk roof rack

This hauls one bike and requires a base bar system.

If you have a Thule or other base bar system or you have a vehicle that already has factory cross bars. The RockyMounts versatile TomaHawk upright bike rack is really ideal.

This bike rack is very versatile and it can haul all sort of bikes including kids bikes.

Loading a bike onto the rack is quite easy because RockyMounts roof racks include tabs so the wheel straps are kept out of the way.

Loading a bike is relatively easy since RockyMounts includes tabs to keep the rack’s wheel straps out of the way.

A disadvantage maybe that the lock on the base rack doesn’t rate as a top scorer.

Storage wise it folds down well.

Thule EasyFold XT 2

RockyMounts TomaHawk roof rack

Many e-bikes are just too heavy to lift onto a car roof or load into a hatchback. This clever – but very expensive – rack might be the answer to your problems if your car has a tow ball. Being low to the ground it’s a lot easier to lift e-bikes or heavy mountain bikes into place. They are held in position using adjustable and removable arms with clamps which click loudly when at the correct tension, so you won’t damage expensive frames. The whole assembly can be tilted out of the way of your rear tailgate at the press of a foot pedal, so you can still access the boot.

The cleverest feature of the XT 2 is its ability to fold up for easy storage in a garage or shed – there’s even a built-in carrying handle to make it easier to move around. Its big brother, the XT 3, even has a wheel so you don’t even need to lift it. The design includes built-in rear lights and a number plate holder.

Why Choose Thule EasyFold XT 2?

  • Fully foldable for convenient mounting, handling and storage
  • High load capacity enabling transport of e-bikes and heavy mountain bikes
  • Easy mounting of bikes through detachable bike arms with lockable Thule AcuTight torque limiter knobs that click when optimal torque is reached
  • Large distance between wheel holders enabling transport of sturdy bikes with large wheel bases
  • Adjustable pump buckles with extra-long wheel straps for easy fastening of wheels (up to 4.7″ wheels) enabling transport of fat bikes
  • Easy trunk access even with bikes mounted, thanks to smart foot pedal tilt
  • Easy mounting and adjustment of the bike rack before closing the tightening handle, thanks to the towbar coupling’s initial stability
  • Ergonomic transport of the bike rack thanks to the integrated carrying handles
  • Pre-assembled, no tools required
  • Lock your bikes to the bike rack and your bike rack to the towbar (locks included)

The Menabo Carriers

Finally, we recommend the Menabo Carriers these are available in various sizes for carrying up to four bikes;

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Why Choose Menabo Carriers?

  • ALCOR Towbar mounted bike racks E bike compatible
  • Suitable for E-Bikes or FAT Bikes
  • Tilts to give you access to the boot of the car, using the pedal at the front of the carrier
  • Featuring Rapid-lock, which allows you to easily fit the carrier to the towball and lock it to protect it from theft
  • Steel frame with aluminium channels
  • City Crash Tested
  • Sliding straps for a quick fixing to secure the wheels to the carrier
  • Arms are provided to secure each bike to the support bar
  • Each jaw arm is padded to protect the bike frame
  • Modern chrome UK specified lights also included

Have a look to see if we have the right one for you?


 That’s it for our list of the best car bike racks in UK. We hope you found this post helpful and that it has given you a good idea of what to look for when purchasing your own bike rack. If you have any questions or would like some help finding the perfect product for your needs, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us here at Telford Towbars. We offer a wide range of car bike carriers and accessories, all of which are available for purchase on our website. Thanks for reading!

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