Are you looking for a good way to carry your electric bike on your car? This can be a tricky issue because traditional bike-car racks are designed to carry non electric bikes that are generally half the weight of an electric bike.
After doing some research I have come up with a few options that will work for electric bikes.
Here is a tip: Remove the batteries from the e-bikes and transport them in your car to reduce the weight on the rack.
Be careful not to store them in the car if you are in a really hot or cold place because that can damage the battery.
Electric Bike-Car Racks:
The Hollywood Racks Sport Rider for electric bikes carries 2 electric bikes and features heavy duty wheel holders and a front support frame. The weight capacity is 75 lbs. per bike.
The Saris Freedom SuperClamp (2 bike system) can carry 2 – 60 lbs bikes. The rack itself only weighs 30 lbs which makes it easier to install or remove from the vehicle. It has front and rear wheel hooks that secure the bike and it looks like attachment and removal of the bike is pretty easy. Carrying bikes with longer wheelbases (medium wheelbase recumbents, cruisers, cargo bikes, etc.) can be handled with the Saris Long Wheelbase bar. All Saris racks are made in the USA!
The Saris Freedom (2 bike system) can carry 2 – 60 lbs bikes. The rack weighs 21 lbs for easy install/removal from the vehicle. This rack will handle almost any type of bike due to its dual sliding wheel trays and center post mounted frame cradle pivots 360 degrees. Carrying bikes with longer wheelbases (medium wheelbase recumbents, cruisers, cargo bikes, etc.) can be handled with the Saris Long Wheelbase bar. All Saris racks are made in the USA!
The Thule EuroPower 916 E-Bike Rack is truly designed for electric bikes. It even includes a loading ramp to simply roll your ebike into place.
I contacted Yakima to see what their recommendation was for e-bikes and they recommended the Yakima HoldUp hitch rack. This is a rack that can hold 2 – 60 lbs. bikes.
That’s it for now. I will be adding more car racks to this guide as I find more.
If you know of other car racks that can handle electric bikes please leave your comments in the section below.
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