The Best Bike Rack Reviews

You’d imagine that something as straightforward as a bike rack would be easy to pick out and simply buy right? It’s essentially something made of metal or plastic you hang your bike on or stick your bike in. Unfortunately, like with most modern gadgets and accessories, it’s just not that simple. Bike racks also known as bicycle racks, come in several shapes and sizes. Each one serves a specific need, takes up a certain amount of space and costs you a certain amount of money.

As an example, even though they’re all called bike racks, there’s a big functional difference between bike storage racks and bike transport racks. Bike storage racks come in two flavours, indoor bike racks that are commonly used to store a bike inside a garage, house or apartment and outdoor bike racks used to store bikes in a backyard or even park them on the street.  Bike transport racks, sometimes also referred to as bike carriers, attach to the roof, trunk, spare tire or hitch of a car or SUV and is used to transport bicycles from one point to the next.

Indoor Bike Storage Racks

The name is pretty self-explanatory. The indoor bike storage rack is used to safely and securely store your bike in one spot, be it for 5 minutes or 5 months, usually indoors. There’s several types of indoor bike storage racks, with the most popular being the ceiling, floor and wall mounted options.

Three Best Selling Indoor Bike Racks:

Bestseller No. 1
Delta Cycle Michelangelo Two-Bike Gravity Stand Storage Rack
  • leans against wall - no attachement required
  • Features Easy-Adjust arms to accommodate any bike
  • Maximum Load 80lbs
  • Premium quality silver powder coat finish
  • Easy to assemble; required hardware included
Bestseller No. 2
Delta Cycle Leonardo Da Vinci Single Bike Storage Rack/Hook with tire tray (colors may vary)
  • Includes Da Vinci wall tray to keep your wall clean and protected|Accommodates any wheel size; maximum load of 40 pounds|Great for apartments with limited space|Silver finish|Mount to a wall stud; hardware included
Bestseller No. 3
Racor Pro PLB-2R Two-Bike Stand
  • 2-bike freestanding rack stand
  • Independent adjustment arms
  • Vinyl-coated cradles protects bikes, no bolts, screws, or fasteners required
  • 79 by 26 by 19 inches (height by length by depth)' 20 pounds. Lifetime warranty
  • This product can be mounted on the wall. Comes with a wall mounting screw.

Types of Indoor Bike Storage Racks

Ceiling Racks (Top 5 Best Sellers)

These racks are usually inexpensive, but avoid ones that require you to hang the bike upside down or from its wheels as this can cause damage.

Floor (Top 5 Best Sellers)

These include freestanding, floor-to-ceiling and horizontal bike racks.  If you have multiple bikes and want a sturdy solution without mounting anything to your walls then you will want one of these racks.

Wall (Top 5 Best Sellers)

These types of racks are mounted to your wall so they are sturdy and often look a bit more decorative than the other options. Obviously some assembly is required and relocating them is not that easy.

Bike Carriers

A bike transport rack is used to transport your bike from one point to the next. As this is a motor car most of the time, that’s the type of bike transport racks we focus on here. As with storage racks, transport racks has several types, but the most popular options are hitch, trunk and roof mounted.

Three Best Selling Bike Carriers:

Bestseller No. 1
Allen Sports Deluxe 2-Bike Trunk Mount Rack
  • Patented design fits sedans, hatchbacks, minivans, and SUV's - consult manufacturer web site for specific vehicle fit information^Side straps for increased lateral stability
  • Individual tie-downs secure and protect bicycles
  • Padded lower frame keeps bicycles away from vehicle
  • Ships in Certified Frustration-Free Packaging
  • Comes fully assembled - set up and installs in seconds
Bestseller No. 2
Allen Sports Deluxe 4-Bike Hitch Mount Rack with 2-Inch Receiver
  • 4-bike rack fits vehicles with a 2-inch trailer hitch only . Vehicle will require professionally installed Class III or IV 2" hitch to use this product
  • 22-inch long carry arms individually secure bicycles with Allen's patented tie-down system
  • Folding carry arms quickly drop out of the way when rack is not in use
  • Rack sets up and installs in less than 5 minutes
  • Sturdy steel construction with black powder coat finish; Lifetime warranty
Bestseller No. 3
Allen Sports Tension Bar Bicycle Cross-Bar Adaptor
  • Model 900B
  • Creates a top tube for non-conventional frames
  • Internal spring keeps your bikes secure.
  • Plastic coated hooks protect bicycle's finish.
  • Lifetime on workmanship and materials

Types of Bike Transport Racks

Hitch (Top 5 Best Sellers)

One of the greatest benefits of a hitch mount bike rack is that there is such a wide variety of designs available. You will find a trailer hitch bike rack for virtually any vehicle or bike out there. Its rear position also makes these racks the most aerodynamic and, unlike roof-mounted carriers, hitch mounts are just the right height to allow you to load and unload your bicycles without having to lift them over your head. A hitch rack is also much more stable than most trunk-mounted racks and many can be adapted to also carry skis, snowboards or cargo holders.

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Trunk (Top 5 Best Sellers)

This type of rack is sat on the back of your vehicle and attached with straps or cables that are hooked onto the trunk or tailgate and securely tightened to clamp the rack to the back of your car. The downside of this method is parts of the rack touch your vehicle’s bodywork at several contact points and consequently if those points of contact aren’t solid and padded enough some scratches and marks can result. Therefore a snug fit is absolutely crucial.

I review and provide guides for indoor, outdoor and car bike racks. To find reviews simply click on the most appropriate navigational items or use the search box.

Hi, I’m Rack Maven! I’m a mountain biker, professional writer and product reviewer.

Bike Rack JackI love the outdoors and I’m fortunate enough to be able to spend most of my free time exploring it with my mountain-bike. As a mountain-biker of more than 20 years, I’ve tried and tested nearly every gadget and accessory built for cyclists out there (including for the roadies), but the one that I continue to get the most questions about is one of the simplest; the elusive bike rack.

So I decided to combine my writing skills with my passion and start this blog reviewing the best bike racks currently out there. As a bonus I also provide guides and safety advice where applicable.