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Can I use a hitch bike rack without a trailer hitch?

The straightforward answer is no, you can’t use a hitch-mounted bike rack without a trailer hitch. Because this is a hitch rack, it requires a trailer hitch to hook the whole system on.

If we don’t have a hitch, we have no stable place to put our rack on and hang our bikes. Even though buying a trailer hitch can be a bit of an extra cost, it’s totally worth it if you know the benefits.

Let’s check out more about hitch bike rack and trailer hitches right below!

2 Different Kinds Of Hitch Bike Racks

There are 2 types of hitch-mounted bike racks you’ll often find today: the hanging and the platform rack.

Hanging Hitch Rack

The 6KU Aluminum Fixed Gear Single-Speed Fixie Urban Track Bike
The 6KU Aluminum Fixed Gear Single-Speed Fixie Urban Track Bike

This type of rack hangs your bikes on their frames–just like those hooks you have to hang your shirts or pants.

Hanging rack can usually accommodate 2-6 bikes depending on the type you get. They are less expensive than the platform hitch rack.

This style is super lightweight and easy to set up. You just need to right the right hitch receiver and voila, you’re all set.

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