The best tow bar bike racks

Get pedalling with our choice of tow bar bike racks.

A man loads a bike onto his tow bar bike rack

by Ryan Gilmore |

If you've got your fingers crossed for a staycation this year and want to take your bike with you, buying a bike rack is a clever idea. And if you've got a large family and need to transport a number of bikes, a tow bar mounted bike rack is the best option for you.

We've found the best examples currently for sale for a range of prices so you'll be able to find the perfect one for you. We've also found some essential accessories to help make your life easier when using your tow bar bike rack.

Related: The best bike racks that are perfect for your car roof

What you need to know about tow bar bike racks:

Why should I choose a tow bar bike rack?

The main benefit to having a tow bar mounted bike rack is that you don't need roof racks fitted to your car, but you do need a tow bar. A tow bar bike rack should also be easier to load and unload because it is mounted lower down than a roof 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, then you can buy an easy-access bike rack that can tilt - but these can be very expensive.

Will it support my bike?

Tow bar bike racks should support most bike types with ease. Many tow bar bike racks have a level of adjustability to fit long wheelbase bikes. Most tow bar bike racks do require a horizontal top tube, which should be taken into consideration.

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?

Remember that your licence plate needs to be visible at all times. If you're not sure, have a 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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