How to Lock Bikes to Hitch Rack

How to Lock Bikes to Hitch Rack? Steps You Should Know

Let’s hop onto this scenario – I’m a recent bike enthusiast and already have two excellent bikes to take care of. 

My love for bikes is inflated, and the fear of losing them tags along the graph. Fortunately, I live in a moderately safe neighborhood. So as long as I’m in my own community, I rarely have to think about the safety of my bikes.

Well, unfortunately, bike rides are not limited to my area. In fact, it goes out of town sometimes – a savory area. 

And now I’m hella worried. 

Just enough worried that no security is perfect and can never guarantee your bike a hundred percent security. While I used some of the guidelines to save my bikes from theft, which may include –

  • Stay with the bike as much as I can. Or at least leave someone trustworthy blessed with my bike’s company.
  • Avoid parking in shady areas.
  • Using a plate-link lock to lock my bikes together tightly enough to make it harder for the thief.

My ideas and the quality of the security has their limitations. Hence, I need to consider other ways to save my bikes from danger. 

I’ve done the same step to lock them tightly and securely, but this time, with some tips and tricks that assured me that even if it’s stolen, the thief will have to put their heart and soul into it. 

A thief usually isn’t so passionate about trying for more. So, did my plan work? You’re the one to judge.

In this article, I will teach you how to lock your bike on a hitch bike rack so that no thief (most) can decode the process unless you’re the thief reading this.

How to Lock Bikes to Hitch Rack

Steps to Locking a Bicycle to a Hitch Rack

I know hitches come in different sizes, shapes, and types, but there is a golden rule as a base to strengthen the lock game. I’m going to write the steps to do just that:

Step 1: Do a Thorough Check of Your Tools!

The unwritten golden rule before every action is to check your tools. Even if you are baffled by your confidence, remember to always check your hitch rack before installing them. 

Always ensure it is safe to use and does not shake, wobble, or feel weak. Do a quick test by putting a little weight on your leg and pressing the weight. 

Once you are sure and confident of the tool, it is ready to be used. Ensure everything is well and tight, not loose at all. Otherwise, it might fall off once you start driving. 

Step 2: Pick Apart All the Accessories from Your Bike

It may be disappointing, but you must detach all the accessories from your bike. This guideline is designed to carry your bike as safely as possible. 

So, you must detach all the extras attached to your bike so that your bike can be the center of your attention. Carry the accessories separately if you want.

Step 3: Hook Your Bike with the Hitch Rack or the Car You’re Driving

This is the part where strapping your bikes to the hitch rack or the car comes. The most secure bikes are the ones that have been strapped correctly. 

So, you need to know your moves in this step. The articles I read agreed on a common point: to install your bike successfully, you need to be confident in the strapping and, as I say, use extra strapping. 

To ensure the most secure strap, you will need a basic strap that helps you to lock the bike and a long strap to help balance the bike. Once you are confident of your bike’s installation, you can move into step 4.

Step 4: Proceed to Move Your Bike

We are off to move our beloved bike now. Before proceeding, go through all the above steps and ensure your strap and everything are ready to hop onto the plan. 

Once you are confident in your tools and process, you are 

Now ready to secure your bike to a bike rack. 

You can now lift your bike from the bike and place it. Before doing that, make sure that the handles are secured tightly. 

If it is loose by any chance, you can get physically hurt terribly. Ask for assistance if it’s difficult or dangerous for you to lift it yourself. This will ensure the safe installation of your bike, and most importantly, you will be physically okay. 

Step 5: Locking The Bike in Place

In this step, you have already placed the bike in its position in the bike hitch rack. If it is a good fit, you will see that there is very minimal space around the front wheel. 

Hence, there is not enough movement on the front wheel. If everything is tight and put, this is the sign that your bike is ready to put on a strap and for extra care.

To use the strap on your bike, use it on the mid-center of the bike to tie it around. If you are confident with the strap, then you can ensure the balance and stability of the bike.  

If you ask me, it is always better to have extra locks. From my research, I have seen that U-shaped locks are loved by most bike enthusiasts. 

The logic behind using the U-shaped lock is that it is made of hardened rubber and can be locked from both sides. From a thief’s point of view, it would take a lot of time to unlock, decode, or break a U-shaped locker from a good brand. 

The next thing you need to worry about is a good quality cable that will give the thieves a hard time breaking through. 

Extra: You have to ensure that the strap holds your bike tightly and in place. A few straps and good-quality cables will help you in the process. I mean, that’s the least you can do to save your $6,000-dollar bikes.

Final thoughts

First things first – no one can guarantee the security of your bike, and pretty things tend to attract more attention and, thus, are more prone to get stolen. 

The idea is to delay the process of stealing for the thieves in a way that exhausts them enough to warn the owner about the situation. I have seen people use GPS trackers and advanced security devices that make noise when someone touches the bike. 

If you can afford such kinds of technologies and find them easy to deal with, then this one is a perfect option.

People traveling outdoors with their bikes can unequivocally use these steps to safely carry them on a hitch bike rack. You will be able to install your bike on any car or vehicle and on SUVs with the help of a hitch rack. 

We can also use a covering over the bike if you leave it for longer (which is not recommended). 

The steps were simplified and explained simply. Just follow the steps, which should work with most of the hitch racks in the market.

Eddie Burton - Senior Author
Senior Author: Eddie Burton

Eddie Burton is a passionate car enthusiast and a seasoned mechanic with over 15 years of experience in the automotive industry. He has worked with a variety of vehicles, from classic muscle cars to modern luxury cars, and has extensive knowledge of all types of auto parts and accessories.

Eddie’s love for cars began at a young age when he would spend hours tinkering with his first car, a 1967 Mustang. Since then, he has pursued his passion for cars by working in various garages and workshops, honing his skills and expertise in everything related to automobiles.

As a contributor to our website, Eddie shares his in-depth knowledge and experience with our readers, providing valuable tips and advice on auto parts, repairs, and maintenance. He’s committed to helping car owners get the most out of their vehicles by providing honest and practical reviews of auto parts, accessories, and tools.

With Eddie’s vast experience and expertise, you can trust his recommendations and insights on everything related to cars. Whether you’re a seasoned car owner or a newbie in the world of automobiles, Eddie’s articles and reviews will help you make informed decisions and keep your vehicle running smoothly for years to come.

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