Best cycle carriers for my Tahoe?
If you look on Google for “Bike Rack Tahoe” you get over two million hits.
I firmly believe that there are one or two people out there who have the patience of a saint, the stubbornness, and lack of anything better to do, to plow right on through each and every one of those items on the 2M+ list in order to hunt down the rack that’s right for their Chevy and them.
Possibly you might be a little more like me though? You’ve got a couple, somewhat different, slightly more interesting things you’d like to accomplish today. Watch some paint dry, wait for a pan of water to boil, things like that.
If that’s the situation, then what YOU may be after is an alternative: a shortlist of the best bike racks for your Chevy Tahoe.
Once we’ve got that best-of-the-best shortlist locked and loaded, you’ll then be able to grab yourself an awesome cycle carrier. Fit it to your Chevrolet, hook on the bicycles, and take off for an amazing bike experience…`
…and you’ll be doing all of that whilst those other folks are plodding slowly and methodically through the list of 2,000,000 pages on Google…
So, because I’m a nice guy, I’d done all of that researching for you and I’ve tracked down the top cycle carriers for your Tahoe. I’ve chosen the following racks on the basis of the two most important factors. These are:
- Does it have the features you actually require for your Chevy?
- Does it get a ton of positive feedback from happy purchasers?
If you’re ready, let’s jump on in and take a look at the details.
Before that (if you’re in a rush), here’s the quick answer. My top recommended rack for your Tahoe is the Allen Sports hitch rack.
Where can you fit a bike carrier on your Chevy Tahoe?
At first glance, there are three places where you can fit bikes in/on a Tahoe. Either:
- In the trunk or
- On the roof or
- On the hitch
Now, I’m going to be ruthless here and instantly discard two of these. It’s called Tough Love.
Which ones? The roof mount and inside the trunk. Hey, it’s Tough on roof bars and trunks, but I Love hitch mounts.
Let’s back up and give a little more detail on this.
In the trunk:
I just don’t like this option because you end up damaging the car, or the bikes. Or you end up taking all the space available and have no room left in the trunk for your luggage.
On the roof:
At around 75 inches we know that a Tahoe is tall already. With a roof-mounted rack, you need to lift a bike weighing 30+ lbs above that…hold it steady and secure it to the fixings. All without dropping it on the car, or on your head. It’s a task that also requires at least two pairs of hands.
I’ve got more reasons for not loving roof mounts and we’ll come onto those in a moment.
All of this goes to say that I believe the best bike carrying option for your car is a hitch mount. Read on and we’ll take a look at the hitch-mounted racks that I recommend.
2-Bike Hitch Rack for Tahoe
We’re going to start small with this compact and bijou rack for a pair of bikes.
Where do I begin? The thing is, I love Allen Sports range of hitch mount racks. They’re all great products that are stuffed full of useful features. Plus, they get consistently fantastic feedback from buyers.
This rack fits to either a 1 1/4in or 2in hitch. There are a number of different variations listed on the Amazon page. My particular favorite is the Deluxe Locking – this is one step up from the entry-level model and has the added benefit of a lock that secures it to the hitch.
The rack is designed for two bikes of up to 70 lbs total weight and the bikes are attached by hanging them over the pair of arms. Bear in mind that, if you have women’s bikes or low-step/step-through bikes, you’ll need to get a crossbar adaptor to fit the bikes on to the rack. These are an awesome little gadget – inexpensive and easy to use.
It’s useful to know that the main mast section can pivot down so that you can access the trunk easily. This is something that you only really see the value of when you’ve loaded the trunk, fitted the rack, and loaded the bikes on…and then someone decides they need to get something out of the trunk. Grrr! No problem with this rack, just undo the bolt and swing the mast and bikes down to get in.
That’s a great feature but the one I love most of all is its low height off the ground. We’ve already touched on this but hoisting heavy bikes over your head and trying to fit them onto your Tahoe is never going to end well. Far better (I think) to lift them a short way off the ground and hook them onto this rack.
The company has designed and created cycle carriers from way back in the 1960s, so they know what they’re doing and make some fantastic racks. Because they’re so confident in their products they certify them all with a lifetime warranty. For the details, take a look at the Amazon page.
3-Bike Hitch Rack for Tahoe
This is the 3-bike version of the 2-bike rack above. The only difference being that the arms are slightly longer to accommodate the third bike.
Other than that it’s the same great cycle carrier. It’s good for bikes up to a total combined weight of 105 lbs (i.e. 35 lbs per bike) and can be mounted to hitches of either 1 1/4in or 2in. Again, I’d recommend the Deluxe Locking edition for the extra peace of mind from having the rack secured to the hitch.
Looking at the buyer feedback on this rack, many talk about how easy it is to assemble and install. As one said, “I had it for several years and it worked like a champ”.
4-Bike Hitch Rack for Tahoe
This rack takes 4 bikes supported on the horizontal arms. It’s worth knowing the arms can be swung downwards when they’re not holding bikes – that’s useful as it keeps them tucked out of the way.
The rack fits onto 2in hitch mounts and can be used for bikes to a combined weight of 140 lbs. The Deluxe Locking rack is my go-to version of this carrier as it comes with 2 keys and a lock securing it to the hitch mount for peace-of-mind when you’re away from the car.
In common with all of these racks, you can pivot the mast down when needed to get easy access to the trunk.
A quick aside. Because I’m a “Belt ‘n’ braces” kinda guy, I also wrap a couple of ratchet straps around the bikes once I’ve got them secured onto the rack. This wraps the whole parcel together and stops any shifting of the bikes against each other. My wife tells me that I worry too much about these things. But, hey ho, I don’t think you can ever be too careful.
5-Bike Hitch Rack for Tahoe
The big daddy. This is the rack for those people who, like me, have too many bikes.
Good for securing 5 bikes, with a combined weight of 175 lbs, to your Tahoe. My recommended variation is the Deluxe+ Locking – 2 keys, 1 lock, total peace-of-mind.
If you’re wondering how easy it is to install these racks, take a look at this video from Allen Sports. Whilst I don’t think wearing an Allen Sports baseball cap is an essential for fitting the rack on, it does like pretty good. If Allen Sports are reading this article, I would love to have a cap in a one-size-fits-all size and I’ll post photos of me wearing it on my Insta.
Shameless, I know. Apologies…
The rack fits 2-inch hitch receivers and can be pivoted down to access the trunk hatch. The arms can also be swung down and out of the way when they’re not being used, which is a very handy feature.
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