Bike Racks Buying Guide
Some VW and Subaru vehicles can tow, true enough. However, if you're looking to do no more than haul a few bikes out on a weekend getaway, no trailering accessories are necessary. All you need for the job is a bike rack.
They come in several different types. Some mount on your vehicle's roof, while others, you can install on a hitch, a towbar, or on your trunk itself. Most, you can put up pressy easily, too, often without any tools at all. You can learn about each right here.
Hitch Bike Racks
These are one of the commoner kinds of bikes racks. They're designed for transporting heavier bikes, including e-bikes, and they can usually carry more than one. Installing one on a vehicle's hitch receiver is a breeze, and they're all generally compatible with hitch classes 1 through 5.
They come in two styles, one platform, one hanging. Platform hitch racks accommodate various bike frames and fold away after use. Hanging hitch racks secure bikes by their top tubes and either tilt down or swing out so you can access your trunk. Both are easy to load and unload, and they provide added security.
Roof Bike Racks
These let you carry one bike of almost any size, whether it's a road, gravel, or MTB type, without the need to put on a hitch receiver. Ideal for cars and crossover SUVs with lower overall heights and limited or otherwise occupied storage space, they come in fork-, frame-, and wheel-mounted variants, and by installing on your vehicle's roof, you retain full access to its trunk. They support optional crossbars, too, for better weight distribution.
Trunk Bike Racks
Easy to install without a lot of assembly, these are great alternatives to towbar, hitch-mount, and roof-mount racks. They can usually haul a few bikes, and they generally fold for simple storage. Casual riders and people with little storage space usually prefer them.
Truck Bed Bike Racks
These are ideal for if you would prefer not to install a roof rack system and your hitch receiver's otherwise in use. As they're in-bed by design, they generally accommodate many bikes and features plenty of security for the ride to and from your destination.
The Best Choice for a Subaru or Volkswagen
This depends on how many bikes you've got, how you'd prefer to transport them, and the kind of vehicle you're driving -- more specifically, what its limitations are for mounting hardware. Either way, the answer's simple: the genuine article. What your OEM makes for its models is guaranteed compatible with them, after all.
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