BEST THULE BIKE RACKS
When you travel, you take your essentials. For many active individuals, a bike is one of those essentials. However, there lies a challenge in safely getting your bike to your destination without causing damage to the bike or your vehicle. The solution: a Thule bike rack.Thule is a company that has been helping individuals on the road to adventure for well over 75 years. Thule’s focus is on developing transportation products that are not only safe, stylish, and effortless to use but are also kind to the environment. Thule manufactures some of the most respected and revered transportation products in the industry.
Thule DoubleTrack Pro XT 2 Hitch Bike Rack
Thule T2 Pro XT/XTR 2 Bike Add-on
Thule Helium Platform Hitch Bike Rack
Thule T2 Pro XT/XTR Hitch Bike Rack
Thule Apex XT Bike Hitch Rack
Thule Helium Pro Hitch Bike Rack
Thule Insta-Gater Pro Truck Bed Bike Rack
BUYING THE RIGHT THULE BIKE RACK
When purchasing a Thule bike rack, you have four options as to where on your vehicle the rack will be mounted: the roof, hitch, trunk, or truck bed.
A roof-mounted bike rack from Thule can cost between $150 and $240, with a $500 outlier for tandem bikes. Each rack only holds one bike, which is fastened in place by the wheels, the frame, or the fork. If your vehicle has a factory-installed crossbar system on the roof and you’d like to have access to your trunk or hatchback, this may be the model for you. Just remember to be careful when approaching a low bridge.
A Thule hitch-mounted bike rack can cost between $270 and $780. For many, it is the most desirable option because it provides the best protection for the bikes and the vehicle. Hitch-mounted racks can transport up to five bikes at once, but you must already have a Class 1 – 5 receiver hitch on your vehicle (or be planning to install one). This model is the easiest to load and has the most versatility for accepting bikes with a variety of frames. Notably, it also sports the highest price tag.
A Thule trunk-mounted bike rack can cost between $150 and $480. This rack works on cars that do not have a roof rack or hitch. It installs quickly and is easy to store when not in use. These types of bike racks can hold one to three bikes and are designed for the casual rider who only needs to transport bikes occasionally. The downside of this design: it’s the most likely Thule rack to cause minor damage to your vehicle.
Q. What is Thule’s plan for sustainability?
A. At the top of Thule’s list is creating products that last. The company’s position is that “products that last longer are better for the environment.” Thule bike racks are also designed to save fuel by creating less wind-drag on your vehicle. In terms of manufacturing, the company is aggressively incorporating renewable energy sources with the goal of meeting 100% of its renewable energy goals by the end of 2020.
Q. Will a Thule bike rack fit my bike?
A. While Thule is a leader in the industry and has designed its racks to be adaptable to a vast number of bikes, there are too many products available worldwide for the company to put out a blanket statement saying their product fits every bike that was ever manufactured. However, Thule bike racks do fit almost every bike. In most instances, you can buy with confidence. If you have any reason to think it might not work for your needs, it’s best to talk to someone in the company, voicing your specific concerns.
Q. My bike has a carbon frame. What options does Thule offer?
A. If your bike has a special transport concern, such as it being manufactured with carbon fibers, Thule does offer some options. A carbon frame protector would be best in this example, but the company also has other solutions, such as frameless contact racks. Before purchasing a Thule bike rack, check with your bike manufacturer to see if there are any transportation recommendations or guidelines you need to follow.