Installing a Hitch Mounted Bike Rack

Hitch Mounted Bike Rack

Are you installing a hitch mounted bike rack carrier? Ready our how to guide to make sure you install goes hassle free.

So, you have chosen the right Hitch Mounted Bike Rack for your wants and needs, and there it is, just waiting to be used. Lucky for you, in most cases installation is very easy, but just in case, here a few helpful pointers to assist you before, during, and after the installation.

Remember, every Hitch Mounted Bike Rack is different, and probably require some special treatment, but these tips should assist you no matter what Hitch Mounted Bike Rack you purchased.

Before you install the hitch bike rack

  • Firstly, make sure you have the right Hitch Mounted Bike Rack! Verify the manufacturer's part number with the part you ordered, and give it a brief visual inspection to make sure it was not damaged during shipping.
  • Another thing you may wish to do whilst checking is make sure the weld points and bolts throughout the Hitch Mounted Bike Rack are secured and tight. If it is made of plastic or carbon fiber, be sure it the attachment points are secure and the bend points are not frayed or stretched. All Bike Racks that are delivered are inspected before they are sent out, but it never hurts to double check.
  • Review the instruction sheet provided with the Hitch Mounted Bike Rack.
  • Depending on the type of Hitch Mounted Bike Rack you purchased, installation may them require at least a second set of hands to install, so make sure you have a friend there to help.
  • Most Hitch Mounted Bike Racks have several small pieces to attach to them during the installation process, so be sure to take an inventory of all pieces and be sure you have everything before you start to install it.


  • Be aware that unless specified, most Hitch Mounted Bike Racks are meant to be attached to the vehicle itself, and not a towed vehicle or trailer.
  • Tighten all bolts to the torque levels specified in the instructions
  • When sliding the Hitch Mounted Bike Rack into the receiver tube, be sure you do not scratch the weather proof powder coat paint of your Trailer Hitch. If you do, you may want to have some spray on powder coat black paint on hand in order to touch any scratches up.
  • Unless it is unavoidable, try not to fully obstruct your taillights or license plate.

After Installation

  • Double check your bolts. Make sure all of the bolts have been torqued to the specified levels.
  • Be sure your Hitch Mounted Bike Rack is aligned properly and that all parts are used. Make sure that all bolts, clips, pins, and other parts are accounted for and you did not overlook any step in the installation process.
  • Double check the provided information to be sure if there any added warnings or notices concerning specialized use of your new Hitch Mounted Bike Rack, like if it can be used in an off-road situation or not.
  • Also, test the weight of any bike before you lift, make sure you can lift it properly and secure it yourself.
  • Lastly, review and file your warranty information. Most hitch warranties last anywhere from 5 years to the lifetime of the vehicle it is on.

Hitch Mount Bike Carrier Safety Tips

Now that you have the Hitch Mounted Bike Rack installed on your vehicle and ready to go, there are a few things to keep in mind when it comes to using your new bike rack in a safe and secure manner.

  • Always use the Hitch Mounted Bike Rack as intended, meaning be sure not to use the bike rack for any purpose other than what is specified in the instruction guide.
  • Watch your step when walking around the Hitch Mounted Bike Rack. More often than not, people that are not yet used to the bike rack being installed on their vehicle can run into it, damaging both the bike rack, and you.
  • Be sure to test the weight of the bike before lifting it. Verify that you can not only lift it comfortably, but can both lift it and attach and secure it to your Hitch Mounted Bike Rack while holding it up if need be.
  • Every time you install your Hitch Mounted Bike Rack to your vehicle, check and double check the attachment point! The last thing you want to see is your Bike Rack going in the opposite direction when going down the road.
  • When driving with your Hitch Mounted Bike Rack attached, be mindful of the extra length that it adds to your vehicle, backing into solid objects is not a healthy experience for the bike racks, or your bikes.
  • And lastly, a little TLC goes a long way, take care of your Hitch Mounted Bike Rack and it will take care of your bikes!

Be sure to keep these helpful safety tips in mind every time you use your Hitch Mounted Bike Rack, and you will enjoy it for many years to come!

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