The best tow bar bike racks for your car

Rounding down the best tow bar-mounted bike racks for sale

A man loads a bike onto a tow bar bike rack

by Ryan Gilmore |

The weather is starting to get nicer and dusting off the family bikes is starting to sound more and more tempting. Why not make the most of a family bike ride by investing in a tow bar bike rack so you can take the kids into the countryside for a more scenic bike ride?

We've found the best two bar bike racks on the market as well as some clever and essential accessories that'll make loading and unloading a lot easier.

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What you need to know about tow bar bike racks:

Why should I choose a tow bar bike rack?

The other type of bike rack you can buy for your car is a roof-mounted bike rack. While these don't need a tow bar, most need a roof rack. They also aren't the best choices for families, as you can only really carry three bikes on them. Tow bar racks can often carry four bikes.

A tow bar bike rack will also be easier to load and unload because it is mounted lower than a roof-mounted bike rack.

One potential drawback with a tow bar bike rack is that they can block you from accessing your boot. If you do want access to your car's boot while using one of these, then you can buy an easy-access bike rack that tilts - but these are very expensive.

Will it support my bike?

Tow bar mounted bike racks can easily fit different bike types. Some will require you to have a horizontal top tube on your bike but aside from that most offer great adjustability for different sized bikes.

Tow bar bike racks can accept more weight, meaning many can carry electric bikes, something roof-mounted bike racks aren't able to do.

What else do I need to know?

By law, your licence plate and rear lights need to be visible to people behind you. If you're not sure, look at buying a rear light board.

Also, double-check which type of tow bar your car is fitted with because not all bike racks will be universal.

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