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Bicycle Rack for jeep grand Cherokee

I am looking for a sturdy and most important easy to use bicycle rack for up to two bicycles.  What do you recommend?

Thank you,

Steven

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@Sjtapper 

Thanks for reaching out!

Which bike rack is going to work best for you is going to be highly dependent on a few different factors:

  • Do you have a hitch receiver on your Jeep?
  • What kinds of bikes are you transporting (i.e. mountain vs road? ebikes? carbon frame bikes?)
  • How far are you planning on traveling?

One of the sturdiest styles of bike racks out there are 'tray' style hitch racks like the Thule T2 Pro XT 2-Bike Hitch Rack or the Yakima HoldUp EVO 2-Bike Hitch Rack. From an easy of use standpoint, it's hard to be this style of rack. It fits almost every style of bike, does not contact the frame of the bike (no need to worry if its a carbon frame), does not require lifting the bike too high, and holds the bike securely in place.

You can also take a look at 'hanging' style hitch racks like the Thule Helium Pro 3-bike hitch rack or the Yakima RidgeBack 2-bike hitch rack. For these style racks you feed the arms of the rack through the frame of your bike, secure the frame to the rack, and the bike 'hangs' from its top tube during transportation. If your bike has a top tube that drops significantly you may need an adapter like the Thule Frame Adapter XT. You'll also want to make sure you pay attention to the anti-sway features of the rack in order to prevent your bikes from knocking against one another during transport.

If you're not traveling too far, or don't have hitch, you can look at a trunk mounted bike rack like the Thule Gateway Pro 3-Bike Trunk Rack or the Yakima FullBack 2-Bike Trunk Rack. These attach to the 'trunk' of your car with adjustable straps. They may take a bit of work to get set correctly the first time, but are relatively easy to install once you have them set up. If you're traveling long distances or over rough roads, you want to check the straps every time you get in the car to make sure they are still secure. Trunk mounted racks generally have a significantly lower weight limit per bike.

Lastly, you can take a look at a roof mounted bike rack. One a car like a Jeep Grand Cherokee, however, this style will likely be the most challenging to use, give how tall the car is. We also encourage you to check out this Expert Advice article, How to Choose Car Racks. There is a lot of useful information in there to check out.

Hopefully this helps, thanks!

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