Bike racks are a lot like cars, with new styles and brands available to consumers each year. And while we love cars at CR, we're also avid cycling enthusiasts, and recently performed evaluations on hitch-mounted bike racks, as well as pickup-truck tailgate pads, from brands like Kuat, Yakima, Thule, Bell, Allen, and Race Face. We discuss which ones performed best, how they compare to roof and trunk mounted racks, and what to look for if you need to transport an electric bike (e-bike).
00:00 – Introduction
00:14 – Our cycling background
03:47 – Bike rack evaluations
20:37 – Question: If continuously variable transmissions (CVTs) provide so many benefits to a vehicle, why are they so reviled by many?
Best Bike Racks
How to Choose and Use the Right Bike Rack
How Bike Racks Affect a Car’s Fuel Economy
How Rooftop Carriers Affect Fuel Economy for Cars and SUVs
Best Electric Bikes From Consumer Reports’ Test
Guide to Car Safety
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