I am shopping for a bike rack for my Toyota Camry. I don't currently have a hitch but am thinking that is likely the best way to go so that I am able to use my rooftop box while carrying bikes.
I am presently trying to choose between a hanging rack (like the Thule Apex XT - $550 CAD):
Or a platform rack (like the Thule DoubleTrack Pro XT - $630 CAD):
Generally, I prefer the hanging rack because:
- Compatible with mountain bikes with 3" tires, gravel bikes with fenders, etc
- Can fit 4 bikes (2 adults + 2 kids)
BUT I am worried that it will not have enough ground clearance with a hanging rack. While borrowing a friend's car several weeks ago, and using their hanging rack, the front wheel on my mountain bike touched the ground while pulling out of my driveway. I am wondering if that was a odd nuance of their setup or if that was a general issue with hanging racks.
My possible setup:
2016 Toyota Camry
Thule Apex XT - Looks like it has a height from hitch to hanging of 37":
- Devinci Kobain - 2017 - This bike has a long distance from top-tube to bottom of front wheel:
Any advice is appreciated :)