If you love riding your bicycle, but don’t live near any good trails, then you know what a hassle it can be to drive somewhere with your bike. Even if you have a big truck or SUV, your bikes never fit quite right in the cargo area. Bike racks for your car or truck can be frustrating to deal with, but we’ve found a few that are worth looking at. Let’s take a look at a few options from Allen Sports that can take the headache out of your favorite hobby.
About Allen Sports
Allen Sports was started by former aerospace engineer Dick Allen. Allen began by building a bike rack of his own design in his shop in Lincoln, Massachusetts. He used his bike rack for weekend trips to Cape Cod. Upon realizing how unique and functional his design was, Allen marketed his bike rack and quickly gained a national presence. Today, Allen Sports sells high quality bike racks for a wide range of vehicles all over the world.
Unique Allen Sports Features
Allen Sports came up with an innovative, patented individual tie-down system for bicycles. You need to be able to trust your bike rack to secure and protect your bike and this tie-down system does just that. They’re in a fixed position on the carry arm while rotating to accommodate a wide range of different bicycles. This unique design makes Allen Sports bike racks versatile for any kind of bike you need to transport. Every bike rack on this list has this unique tie-down system.
Another special thing about Allen Sports is they are so confident in their products, they offer a lifetime guarantee on all of their bike racks.
Model 102DN Deluxe 2-Bike Trunk Mount Rack
Allen Sports 102DN Deluxe 2-Bike Trunk Mount Rack is mainly designed for sedans and coupes with a trunk, but it can fit on a wide range of vehicles. You do not need a trailer hitch to install this rack; all you need is a trunk or a hatch. It’s the only bike rack on our list with side straps for lateral stability. It has a sturdy, padded middle frame to keep your bikes from scratching your car. This is by far the lowest costing product on our list at only $36.75*, about half the price of the next cheapest rack. If you need to move one or two bikes around, but don’t have a truck or SUV, this is the rack for you.
Model 522RR Deluxe 2-Bike Hitch Mount Rack
The 522RR Deluxe 2-Bike Hitch Mount Rack is designed for cars, trucks, and SUV’s with trailer hitches. It installs into any trailer hitch receiver with a no-wobble hitch. It comes with special hardware that allows you to fully tighten the rack in place. The carry arms coming out of the top hold one or two bicycles. The carry arms conveniently fold down when not in use so it’s easier to use your vehicle with the rack on when it’s not carrying bikes. To get the rack out of the way of your tailgate or trunk, it has a tilt-away main mast. This is a good bike rack to just leave on the back of your vehicle. It’s easy to continue using your vehicle normally without the rack being in the way. At $49.00*, it’s a bit overpriced and there are better priced options from Allen Sports.
Model 532RR Deluxe 3-Bike Hitch Mount Rack
The Model 532RR is very similar to the 522RR, but it holds up to three bikes rather than just two. It has the same features like the folding carry arms, tilt-away main mast, and no-wobble hitch installation. The biggest difference is the price. This model only costs $84.00* compared to the less versatile 522RR which costs $49.00*. Even if you don’t think you’ll ever need to carry three bikes, you might as well get the more versatile product for a lower price.
Model 542RR Deluxe 4-Bike Hitch Mount Rack
If you need to carry bikes for a bigger family or group of friends, the model 542RR might be for you. More suited to larger trucks and SUV’s, it will only fit in a 2” trailer hitch. It’s less versatile in terms of how many vehicles it can fit into, but it’s a bigger, heavier duty product. It holds up to four bikes and shares the same features as the 522RR and 532RR so it’s still easy to live with and just leave on your vehicle. At $74.85* it’s a little pricey, but it’s a strong product.
Model 552RR Deluxe 5-Bike Hitch Mount Rack
The biggest, strongest bike rack on our list, the 552RR is the only rack on our list that can hold up to five bicycles. Like the 542RR, it can only go into a 2” trailer hitch. A big bike rack for a big price, this beast will set you back $112.13*, but it’s still a good value compared to other racks of this size and versatility.
If you only need to carry one or two bikes, I recommend the 102DN. It’s perfect for coupes, sedans, and hatchbacks and is probably the most versatile in vehicle compatibility. It’s also a bargain at only $36.75*. Before buying, check the Allen Fit List to make sure it will work for your vehicle.
Obviously, you should buy the rack that can hold the amount of bikes that you need to carry. The only rack I wouldn’t recommend is the 522RR only because of the price. The 532RR is a more versatile product and a better value.
|Capacity||2 bike/70 lb||2 bikes/70 lb||3 bikes/100 lb||4 bikes/140 lb||5 bikes/175 lb|
|Hitch size||N/A||1 ¼” and 2”||1 ¼” and 2”||2”||2”|
|Individual tie-down cradles|
|Side straps for lateral stability|
|Folding carry arms|
|Tilt-away main mast|
|No-wobble hitch installation|
|Allen’s lifetime warranty|
Allen Sports makes some of the highest quality bike racks on the market, so you really can’t go wrong with any of these products. Their build quality, ease of use, and exceptional warranty make them a great buy. Think about how many bikes you need to carry, which rack works best for your vehicle, and your price range. Pick one out and start your adventure!