\u00a9 2021 wikiHow, Inc. All rights reserved. And during a test drive, the clamps on the rear wheels of both bikes loosened, so we had to retighten them. We were initially wooed by the Yakima HangOut’s sleek, lightweight design—it weighs only 15 pounds—and secure bike cradles. It’s also easy to use and affordable, making it a good alternative to the Kuat Beta—and it’s available in a three-bike version. It takes less than a minute, on the other hand, to remove the bike and grippers. But it wasn’t as easy to use as the best models, despite its higher price: Releasing the clamping arms was a little trickier than with other racks. It even comes in a rainbow of fun colors—ours was bright blue. He’s also a seasoned auto journalist, with articles and reviews appearing in Cars.com, The Christian Science Monitor, Consumer Reports, U.S. News & World Report, Green Car Reports, and elsewhere. (The company claims the Bones has the strongest frame on the market, but we couldn’t verify or disprove that claim.) This makes it a little lighter and less expensive, while also being solid and feature-laden. There should be at least 3 feet of clearance between bicycles parked at racks and any other street furniture, with the exception of other bike racks, which should be placed a minimum of every 3 feet on center. Posts: 1 Joined: Tue Aug 25, 2009 11:30 am. This position keeps the bike safe and, unlike other pickup carriers we tested, out of the driver’s rear line of sight. To do this, slide the rack into the hitch and get underneath the car to line up the opening for the bolt with an opening in your frame. This hanging-style, two-bike hitch rack costs less than our top pick, is light and simple to … Then we removed the bikes and rack, and folded the rack (if possible) for storage. Bike Storage UK. wikiHow, Inc. is the copyright holder of this image under U.S. and international copyright laws. Of the roof racks we tested, the Yakima HighRoad was the easiest to work with—both when mounting it on the vehicle and when loading bikes. While it may still be available for purchase at retailers, there is no guarantee that repair parts will remain available, so we believe the Saris Bones is once again the best option. Switching between bikes with a fork skewer or a thru-axle tube is easy. The Kuat Transfer 2-Bike is a less expensive cousin of the Kuat Sherpa 2.0. This image may not be used by other entities without the express written consent of wikiHow, Inc.