|Topic: Hauling Bicycles on the Back of Your Sport Utility Vehicle|
be carried easily on the rear of your SUV with a bicycle rack designed
to go into the receiver hitch (top photograph). There are models made to
handle two, three, or even four bicycles. These rack types are great for
those who do not want to, or cannot, lift bicycles onto racks mounted on
the top of the vehicle.
These racks install in a minute or so by plugging and locking them into the receiver hitch (red arrow, bottom photo). The middle photograph shows the rack with the surrounding bicycles dimmed a bit. Some models are made to swing out of the way so that the rear doors or hatch of your sport utility vehicle can be opened (blue arrows in bottom photograph).
Caution: Notice in the top photograph that the bicycles are obscuring the tail lights. When this vehicle hits the brakes, those behind will never see the warning from the brake lights. This is dangerous and can cause an accident. Try to get a rack that holds the load higher so that the lights are not obscured or place the load on the rear in such a way that the tail lights are clearly visible. Note also that the vehicle license plate is not visible. Obscuring the tail lights or rear license plate is illegal almost everywhere and can lead to a citation.
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